Another Detroit Lions free agent has found a new team. Specifically, offensive tackle Corey Hilliard has signed with the New York Jets after previously taking a visit with them. The deal was announced by the Jets on Tuesday.
Hilliard played for the Lions from 2009-14. He was mainly a backup during his time in Detroit, although he did make seven starts in 2013. That year, injuries forced him into the starting lineup at right tackle, although injuries of his own then led to LaAdrian Waddle taking over the starting job. Similarly, an injury to Waddle forced Hilliard into action in Week 1 last season, but Hilliard then suffered a season-ending injury and was on the shelf the rest of the year.
Although Hilliard has been nice to have around as veteran depth, the Lions clearly feel like they're in pretty good shape in that regard at offensive tackle. They may draft an offensive tackle this year to upgrade their talent at the position, but with Riley Reiff, Waddle, Cornelius Lucas and Michael Williams in place, their overall depth is just fine right now.
With Hilliard joining the Jets, five of the Lions' free agents have now signed elsewhere. Previously, fullback Jed Collins (Dallas Cowboys), offensive guard Garrett Reynolds (St. Louis Rams), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Miami Dolphins) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (Rams) landed elsewhere following the start of free agency.