5 free agent offensive linemen with ties to the Lions

After assessing the roster, new Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn noted how he believed the roster on the offensive line is in a decent place.

“Right now I think that’s our deepest unit,” Lynn told the media earlier this month. “We can use a little more depth at tackle, but I like the guys that can play inside.”

That comment carries a lot of weight and is extremely telling. Saying that he likes the interior offensive linemen but wants more tackle depth could suggest that they view Halapoulivaati Vaitai as a guard. If that’s the case, Detroit may not need many, if any, bodies on the interior, but will definitely need depth on the outside.

Even if this was just an off-hand comment, the Lions have some work to do on the offensive line this free agency period. Here are five free agent linemen with ties to the team’s current staff.

Previously: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends

OT James Hurst

Connection: 1 year with the Saints (Dan Campbell)

Hurst has made a nice little career for himself after going undrafted in 2014. After spending the first six years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens—serving as both a guard and a tackle—the Saints picked him up last year.

He served a four-game suspension at the beginning of 2020 for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy but was a great depth piece for…

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