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Lions free-agent profile: Josh Thomas

Should the Detroit Lions re-sign cornerback Josh Thomas?

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To get ready for free agency, we're going to take a look at each of the Detroit Lions' 2015 free agents. Next up is cornerback Josh Thomas.

2014 stats

1 game (0 starts)

How he joined the Lions

Claimed off waivers from the New York Jets in December 2014.

Case for re-signing him

Clearly the Lions saw something in Thomas given that they claimed him off waivers. Since he joined the team so late in the year, it's not like he had much of a chance to break into the lineup, so why not bring him back on a minimum type of deal and give him a look this offseason? He has some past starting experience and even briefly played for the Seattle Seahawks last season, so he seemingly has some potential.

Case against re-signing him

While it's true that Thomas played for the Seahawks, he was let go after three games, and he was later let go by the Jets after playing in only one game. That may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but this may be another case where the Lions can do better from a depth standpoint.

Final verdict

It's tough to have a strong opinion one way or the other considering Thomas joined the Lions so late in the 2014 season. With that said, there's really no downside in bringing him back since he can likely be had for a minimum type of contract. There's no harm in giving him an extended look this offseason, and perhaps he will turn out to be a capable backup at cornerback.

Previously: QB Dan Orlovsky, QB Kellen Moore, FB Jed Collins, WR Jeremy Ross, TE Kellen Davis, OT Corey Hilliard, OG Rob Sims, OG Garrett Reynolds, C Dominic Raiola, DE Darryl Tapp, DE George Johnson, DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Nick Fairley, DT C.J. Mosley, DT Andre Fluellen, LB Ashlee Palmer, LB Josh Bynes, CB Rashean Mathis, CB Cassius Vaughn

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