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Lions sign OT Nick Becton, lose OT Tony Hills to retirement

The Lions have swapped out offensive tackles after just a day of training camp.

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As Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn is wont to do, the team has made a few changes toward the bottom of the roster. This time, his hand was a little forced as offensive tackle Tony Hills has retired, the team announced on Monday afternoon. To replace Hills, the Lions have signed free agent offensive tackle Nick Becton.

Becton is a former undrafted free agent who has spent time with the Bears, Giants, Chargers and Saints since entering the league in 2013. He most recently appeared in a game in 2015 with the Bears. There he was considered the backup left tackle for Chicago, but he never managed to crack the starting lineup.

The Lions currently have two offensive tackles still on the Physically Unable to Perform list: Taylor Decker and Corey Robinson. While that gives Becton the opportunity to receive a fair share of reps during practice, he is still very much considered to be a long-shot for Detroit’s roster. Now that Cyrus Kouandjio and Greg Robinson are no longer on the injury lists, they are expected to compete with Cornelius Lucas for the left tackle job.

Hills retires after nine years in the NFL. Though Hills only appeared in 13 total games throughout his career, he was part of the 2008 Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers.

In addition to these transactions, the Lions announced that safety Rolan Milligan has been removed from the PUP list and is now eligible to practice.

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