The Lions continue to improve their roster just days before training camp begins with the signing of veteran offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to a one-year deal on Tuesday. The team released offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath to make room on the 90-man roster for Scott.
Scott, 29, began his career with the Lions in 2006 when the team selected him in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. He was waived by the Lions during final cuts before the 2008 season and subsequently signed with the Bills. He spent two years in Buffalo. He then signed with the Steelers in 2010 and started 14 games for them over the last two seasons, including three playoff games.
Scott became expendable for the Steelers when they re-signed Max Starks and drafted Ohio State rookie Mike Adams in the second round of April’s draft.
Culbreath, 24, a seventh-round pick by the Lions in 2011, was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed illness his rookie season. He was arrested back in January for possession of marijuana; the first in what would be seven offseason incidents involving Lions players and law enforcement.
Scott will be thrown into the mix with Jeff Backus, Gosder Cherilus, Riley Reiff, Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox in what should be a terrific training camp competition to see who wins the starting tackle spots and who makes the team as backups.
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