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Lions agree to terms with G Leroy Harris

Posted by ttwentyman on June 3, 2013 – 10:46 am

Leroy HarrisThe Lions have been looking to add experience along their offensive line this offseason. They accomplished that Monday by agreeing to terms on a contract with veteran guard Leroy Harris.

Harris, a former fourth-round pick out of NC State by the Tennessee Titans in 2007, played as a reserve for the first three seasons of his career, but has started 39 games for the Titans the last three seasons.

He became a mainstay in the Titans lineup in 2010, taking over at left guard. He played right guard last season, and can also play center.

The Lions covet that kind of versatility among their interior linemen.

Harris (6-3, 303) missed the final eight games of the season last year after suffering a partially torn ACL in an Oct. 28 loss to the Colts.

Harris turns 29 later this week and adds a veteran presence to the unit. He’ll compete with Larry Warford, Rodney Austin, Dylan Gandy, Bill Nagy and Derek Hardman for playing time upfront.


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14 Responses to “Lions agree to terms with G Leroy Harris”

  1. By Sagmich on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Okay! Maybe he will work out, maybe he will not. Just another signing of a player with an injury. Well, hell we need bodies. Same MO Lions management!!!!

  2. By Grindmeapound on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Another signing with a damaged knee, do the Lions go after these injured players to save money? it makes no sense, what about all that talk with puttin the best 53 on the field, or the message your sending to the healthy guys, you suck? but don’t take it personal?

  3. By Mike Sudds on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    By my unofficial reckoning, this signing puts the Lions pre-camp roster at 90. Harris looks like a LG at the moment, but a nice depth addition.

  4. By Mike Barnett on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    I think it’s a good signing, he’s a vet that can play right or left guard and center. And he can play now for us, much needed help on the O-line….

  5. By Ken on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe an older veteran can push the young bucks to work a little harder and make the entire O-line better. Heck, if he can beat one of them out for a starting job I am good with that too. Maybe we can try him out at center??

  6. By Rich Garcia on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Good size with a Back ground!! I don’t think we would sign anyone without a Examine

  7. By Jerry on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    OK, they now have 6 guys fighting for one spot. How about signing some linebackers to fight for playing time within a similarly weak position. It’s just more dumpster diving by Meyhew…

  8. By steve bayramian on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    eventually one of these hurt players will be able to contribute for us. a no risk move I guess hopefully he can play at some point we need the depth

  9. By Ice on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Good comment Jerry

  10. By Chrs on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Yes he has an injury but is a solid O-Lineman. The Lions are taking the same gambles with free agency as every other team in the league and banking on this acquisition having a full post injury return. As long as I have been monitoring the league, I see the same acquisitions and the same fan complaints across the league. It’s just standard practice to grab players to the 90 man roster and see what you could have. Don’t worry lions fan, either he’ll take advantage of his new opportunity and work or he’ll squander it.

  11. By Black Wolf Standing on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think this is a very good signing. He’ll be good depth but that’s about it. Why? He played for TN Titans when Chris Johnson was having all the problems trying to gain yards.

    Sounds like TN was trying to dump a poor run blocker.

  12. By Mike Sudds on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply

    I took a peek at Harris’ stats over at Pro Football Focus. In 2011 Harris was the 15th ranked OG. In 2012, Harris was moved to RG where he started 8 games before being shelved with an ACL injury. Harris was terrible at RG. So bad that he wasn’t even ranked after 8 games.

    A left guard depth piece that would allow Rob Sims to move over to center should the need arise. I mention this because Sims is a more accomplished center than Dylan Gandy, the 8-year veteran who couldn’t win the starting job in his 5 years in Detroit.

    Gandy is a roster keeper because he’s the backup long-snapper on special teams. The addition of Harris weakens his chances of making the 53 player roster dramatically, IMO.

  13. By Rebelyankee on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply

    This signing will only matter if they let Raiola go ?
    If they let Raiola go I will have more faith in the talent on the O-line !!!

  14. By Mike Sudds on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply

    Pretty easy to connect the dots, no?

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