Pre-market player moves in the NFC North continued Tuesday with Detroit releasing defensive end Jared DeVries. Lions president Tom Lewand told local reporters that DeVries, who didn't play last season because of an Achilles injury, requested the move.
DeVriesAccording to the Detroit Free Press, Lewand said: "They really felt that this was the best option for them at this time, to see what else might be out there and for Jared to properly evaluate the options he has going forward."
DeVries was also due a roster bonus next month. Lewand said it's possible the Lions will re-sign him at some point, but I can't imagine they are heavily counting on a contribution from a 34-year-old defensive end who is returning from a major injury.
In an interview with Mlive.com, DeVries indicated the Lions aren't as enthused about his rehabilitation as he is.
As we head toward the March 5 start of free agency, I'll do my best to track the significant transactions of all four Black and Blue teams and post them at the bottom of every related post. Here's what I have so far:
Claimed: Linebacker Ashlee Palmer
Signed: Running back De De Dorsey
Released: Defensive end Jared DeVries
Signed: Safety Derrick Martin, punter Tim Masthay.