Earlier this offseason, in an effort to add more depth to the interior of their offensive line, the Detroit Lions reacquired guard/center Manny Ramirez in a trade. Ramirez previously played for the Lions from 2007-10, and after spending the following four seasons in Denver, he's now back in Detroit.
As the Lions prepare for the start of training camp, it looks like they may be interested in bringing back another player who was once on their offensive line. Specifically, they are reportedly taking a look at signing offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, who was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Cherilus was the Lions' starting right tackle from 2008-12. In 2013, he left for a five-year, $35 million deal with the Colts, but he only lasted two seasons in Indy. Quite simply, his play didn't live up to his contract:
Don't be surprised by the Colts releasing Gosder Cherilus, only 12 OTs had a worse grade in pass protection in 2014. pic.twitter.com/cRA6xhmRPG— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 26, 2015
Initially, it didn't sound like the Lions had any interest in Cherilus, but they could use some veteran depth at right tackle with LaAdrian Waddle set to start training camp on the PUP list. Waddle is still recovering from offseason surgery on a partially torn ACL, and with Cornelius Lucas set to start at right tackle in his place, the Lions don't have much experience in the backup spots on the depth chart. Currently, either former tight end Michael Williams or 2015 seventh-round pick Corey Robinson would back up Lucas while Waddle is out, so I suppose Cherilus would be an upgrade from an experience standpoint.