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Report: Lions sign DE Wallace Gilberry, TE Matthew Mulligan

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The Detroit Lions have made two additions to the roster.

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The Detroit Lions came into Monday morning with only two defensive ends on the roster. Finally, they have added a third. According to his agent, Wallace Gilberry has signed with the Lions. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Gilberry is set to make up to $1.75 million over the course of a single season deal.

Gilberry, 31, is a veteran pass rusher. Entering his tenth year in the NFL, Gilberry has mostly played as a rotational end his entire career. However in 2014, he started all 16 games for the Cincinnati Bengals. Gilberry had his most productive seasons in 2012 and 2013, when he totaled 14 sacks combined.

As things currently stand, Gilberry will likely get a significant amount of playing time as a rotational linemen.

In addition to Glberry, the Lions signed tight end Matthew Mulligan, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Mulligan is also a veteran player, entering his seventh season in the league. He started out his career as an undrafted free agent in 2008, bouncing around teams before finally getting his first playing time with the New York Jets in 2009. Since then, Mulligan has continued his journey around the league, logging snaps for seven different teams in his career, including the New England Patriots, when Bob Quinn was in house.

Mulligan isn't much of a receiving threat, having caught just three passes in the past three years, but he is an incredibly strong athlete. He has been called a "tremendous blocker" in the past, and was once considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the league between 2011 and 2012.

With the Lions, Mulligan will battle for the final few roster spots at tight end. Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron are essentially locks to make the team, but Mulligan's addition puts pressure on Tim Wright, Casey Pierce and Jordan Thompson.

With just over three weeks remaining until the NFL Draft, the Lions will be looking to plug all of the little holes remaining in the roster.