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Detroit Lions sign free agent TE Orson Charles

According to a report from Detroit Free Press beat writer Dave Birkett, the Lions have signed free agent tight end Orson Charles.

Charles participated in Detroit mini-camp this week on a tryout basis and apparently made enough of an impression on the Lions coaches to make him a part of the training camp roster.

Although Detroit will still need to cut one of their players to trim the roster down to the required 90-player limit, which could mean an answer for linebacker Stephen Tulloch on his future with the team. There has been speculation for months on whether or not the Lions were going to cut Tulloch who is owed $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Charles, a former 4th round pick out of Georgia, last played in 2013 with the Cincinnati Bengals. The former Bengal appeared in 13 games that year. He also joined the New Orleans Saints in 2014 during training camp, but was cut before the season.

The signing with the Lions gives Charles a second chance after legal troubles derailed his once promising career. He was arrested and charged with a DUI shortly before the 2012 Draft and was later charged with wanton endangerment following a road rage incident in 2014.

Orson Charles

This signing creates a logjam at tight end for Detroit as they currently have six other tight ends on the roster with includes Eric Ebron, Brandon Pettigrew, Adam Fuehne, Matthew Mulligan, Ben McCord, and Cole Wick.

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