The Lions have issued a restricted free agent tender to offensive tackle Jason Fox. He got an original-round tender (fourth) at $1.323 million for 2013.
The team has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to make a decision on whether to tender their other two restricted free agents: defensive end Willie Young or safety Amari Spievey. It’s believed Young will get the tender.
If any team now decides they want to put a contract offer in on Fox, the Lions will have a chance to match the offer or receive a fourth-round draft pick as compensation from that team.
Fox overcame a big hurdle last year when he was available for every game, even though he was active for only one. He’s dealt with knee and foot injuries since the Lions took him in the fourth round in 2010.
“Jason Fox obviously had the injuries first couple seasons,” Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said of Fox at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month.
“He was able to stay healthy all last year, but we also stayed healthy at the tackle position. He didn’t play very much for us. We think he has a starter-type talent level. He has the size, he’s a strong enough guy, he’s a good technician, he’s a hard worker. We think he has the ability to start for us.”
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