A lot of what was made of the Detroit Lions' free agency activity this year was that many of the moves were attempts to build depth on a team without much of it. However, following the draft some positions are perhaps overstocked while others need a little tweaking. To that end, the Lions have released offensive tackle Lamar Holmes and taken in his place former Central Michigan defensive end Louis Palmer, who is an undrafted free agent.
Lions announced they've signed DL Louis Palmer, a UDFA out of Central Michigan, and released OT Lamar Holmes— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) May 13, 2016
Lamar Holmes was signed by the Lions back in February. A former starter for the Atlanta Falcons, Holmes' foot injury eventually saw him released by the Falcons after injury settlement. It's probably likely that whatever plans the Lions had for Holmes were made extraneous during the 2016 NFL Draft, where the Lions selected offensive tackle Taylor Decker in the first round and offensive lineman Joe Dahl in the fifth. Holmes will miss out on $25,000 in roster bonuses.
Louis Palmer had 41 tackles and five sacks over four seasons with the Central Michigan Chippewas. He played defensive end in college but will probably compete for a depth position at either his original position or defensive tackle.