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Lions NFL Free Agency: Detroit Will Tender Tackle Corey Hilliard, Maurice Stovall Will Hit The Market

The Detroit Lions are reportedly planning on placing a tender on their soon to be free agent tackle Corey Hilliard to keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. The 'low' tender will make Hilliard $1.2 million this season, a team would have to offer a draft pick similar to the sixth rounder that was originally used to pick him up in the draft if they wanted to sign him away from his current home in Detroit.

Hilliard played in every game for the Lions in 2011, though he only got the actual start in one game. He has started a total of five games with the Colts and Lions since being drafted by the New England Patriots back in 2007.

Meanwhile Maurice Stovall, he of one catch for eight yards with the Lions last season, is being allowed to hit the open market for free agency. He was mostly a special teams player for Detroit in 2011.

Via Mlive.com.

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