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Lions Release Cornerback Eric King

Eric King's on-again/off-again relationship with the Detroit Lions is off again. The seventh-year cornerback was released by the team on Thursday. King said the team informed his agent of the roster move.

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From the Detroit Free Press:

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"Nobody likes being released," King told the Free Press this morning. "It’s something that happens pretty much to everybody in their career, probably the majority of the league. But nobody likes it so I’ll just carry that chip on my shoulder as I go somewhere else and I’ll use that to fuel my fire."

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King originally joined the Lions as a free agent in 2009, and played in four games. He was among the team's final cuts in 2010, and signed on with the Cleveland Browns. When the Browns released him in December, Detroit picked him up off waivers. King saw action in three games with the Lions last season.

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"They brought me back kind of towards the end of the season and kind of for a fill-in role," King said. "I did what I had to do. I made some plays, so I’m happy with my performance and I’m happy to be a free agent again."

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King had one year remaining on his contract, worth $640,000. He is now free to sign with any other NFL team, but the league's collective bargaining agreement expires on March 3, so it could be a while before he finds a new club.