The Detroit Lions made a curious move on Sunday, cutting their third tight end on the roster to make room for waiver claim running back J.D. McKissic. However, don’t mourn Logan Thomas too long, because according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Lions intend on bringing him back soon:
The #Lions intend to re-sign TE Logan Thomas, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2019
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as there was no way the Lions were going to go into the regular season with only two tight ends on their roster. Cutting Thomas was an easy way to fit McKissic on the roster, because Thomas is a vested veteran who will not hit waivers, and the Lions should be able to easily re-sign him, having likely talked to him about this scenario already.
The question then becomes who will be the Lions’ next cut? When the Lions do re-sign Thomas they will have to move one player off the 53-man roster. Some have speculated that they may move fourth-round rookie Austin Bryant to injured reserve. That’s a move the Lions had to wait until 4 p.m. ET on Sunday to make in order to make him eligible to return this season.
Because the Lions’ waiver claim for McKissic went through earlier in the day, they may not have been able to make that move place Bryant on IR in time to create the roster spot. We’ll see if that’s the move when the Lions do re-sign Thomas.