The Detroit Lions are ready for the start of camp and they will have a new face on the roster when camp opens on July 22nd, offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds.
Reynolds was a fifth round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2011 and started ten games for the team last year. The Falcons released him in February. The release of Reynolds saved the Falcons about $1.3 million in cap space. Reynolds has signed a two-year deal prior to the 2013 season worth up to $2.7 million. The Falcons found Reynolds expendable after the return of Gabe Carimi.
This off-season, Reynolds reportedly visited the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans but didn’t find a job at either stop. His agent released the news of his signing with Detroit today via social media.
— Chad Speck (@a3Chad) July 17, 2014
The Lions replaced three of their offensive lineman as they headed into the 2013 season. This year all five of their starting lineman from a year ago will be back which means that Reynolds will serve as a back-up insurance policy for camp with no guarantees that he will make the opening day roster.
In his five-year NFL career, Reynolds has started 23 games and has played in 42 games. He is the nephew of San Francisco 49′er great, Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds. The Lions have not officially announced the signing and there has been no leak of contract parameters. A vested veteran, Reynolds would have his contract fully guaranteed for the season, under the current CBA, should he be on the teams roster opening weekend.