Former Detroit Lions signing OT German Evide in the first round

According to NFL Network’s Tom Bellicero, the Detroit Lions are Add veteran offensive lineman German Evedi.



Ifedi — a former first-round pick who will turn 29 over the summer — has been in the NFL for seven seasons, starting a total of 83 games over that span with stints in Seattle, Chicago, and most recently, as a backup to Atlanta Falcons in 2022, where he was active in every game. The Falcons re-signed Ifedi in April, but after selecting Syracuse offensive tackle Matthew Bergeron in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, they opted to cut Ifedi last week.

At 6-foot-5 and 325 pounds, Ifedi played mostly as a tackle (left and right) in the NFL, but started 10 games at right guard for the Bears in 2020 and 13 games at right guard for Seahawks In 2016 – his rookie season with Seattle. He clearly didn’t live up to expectations with the Seahawks, and they let him walk after declining his fifth-year option.

In Detroit, Ifedi provides some much-needed depth on the offensive line, especially at tackle. Lions running back Matt Nelson from last year, but struggled when he was called up. Outside of Nelson, the Lions don’t have any players with any starting experience within their tackle reserves, including Obinna Eze, Darren Paulo, and 2023 UDFAs Ryan Swoboda and Conor Galvin.

Since the Lions roster was at 90 players, there would have to be a similar move to fit Ifedi into the roster. Detroit hasn’t officially made this move yet, but when it does, expect another move combined with the move.

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