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Free agency 2018: Detroit Lions meeting with DT Quinton Dial

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Detroit is targeting another defensive tackle.

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The Detroit Lions are finally seeking out some help on the interior defensive line. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, free agent defensive tackle Quinton Dial will be meeting with the Lions:

Dial is a five-year veteran who spent last year on a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. Originally, he was a fifth-round pick from the Browns. Here’s a look at his NFL career stats:

2013: 3 games (0 starts) - 1 tackle
2014: 14 games (6 starts) - 30 tackles, 2.0 sacks
2015: 15 games (15 starts) - 59 tackles, 2.5 sacks
2016: 14 games (11 starts) - 36 tackles, 0 sacks
2017: 13 games (2 starts) - 19 tackles, 0 sacks

Dial is a versatile player that has experience as a nose tackle with the 49ers, and played a little 3-4 defensive end in Green Bay. Here’s Niners Wire on Dial from last offseason:

Dial can play three of the four spots along the defensive line in Robert Saleh’s new scheme. He can play ‘big’ end, also called the five-technique, on the strong side and slide down the line to nose tackle and three technique, the defensive tackle spot on the weak side.

With Haloti Ngata all but gone to the Eagles, Dial could help build some depth along Detroit’s thin defensive line. I’m not sure he’d be a starter right away, but he could be a valuable rotational piece that could fill in many different positions, should the injury bug hit.