The Detroit Lions upgraded their offensive line depth with a key signing on Tuesday, as the team came to terms with 29-year-old free agent tackle Jonathan Scott, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Scott originally began his NFL career with the Lions in 2006 as a fifth round selection, but was cut shortly before his third season due to poor play. He then bounced around to Buffalo before landing in Pittsburgh in 2010, where he managed to record 14 starts on the line over the last two seasons. A 6'6", 318-pound presence who really never appeared consistent enough to cut it in the pros as a starter while he was fighting for playing time in Detroit, Scott will join a jam-packed competition for a starting tackle spot in camp alongside names like Jeff Backus, Riley Reiff, Corey Hilliard and Gosder Cherilus.
To make room on the 90-man roster, the Lions cut ties with offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath, a seventh round draft pick in 2011. Culbreath was the first of seven Lions players to embarrass the organization with his decision-making this offseason after being arrested for marijuana possession in January, and is now the second (after Aaron Berry) to be released from the roster.
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