Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle has been placed on the physically unable to perform list, so the Lions are turning to a familiar face for help on the offensive line. Gosder Cherilus will be in Detroit on Thursday to work out for the team and meet with coaches.
The first round pick of the Lions in 2008, Cherilus would sign as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2013. His contract with the Colts was for five years and $34.5 million, but after the 2014 season, he had no guaranteed money remaining on the contract.
Cherilus started in 29 of 32 games with the Colts. His release came in an effort by the team to cut costs.
Lucas, who started in three games for the Lions in his rookie season last year, will open camp as the starting right tackle. Michael Williams and Corey Robinson are the likely backups. With the known history of Cherilus’s knee problems, it will be interesting to see what the plan will be for using him, if he signs of course.
As of today, the Lions have approximately $2.7 million remaining in salary cap space.