Homecoming? Former Colts OT Gosder Cherilus to Visit Detroit Lions
Earlier, it was reported that recently released Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus visited the Buffalo Bills today. We now know that the 7-year veteran will also be visiting with the Detroit Lions soon.
It would serve as a “homecoming” for Cherilus, as the Lions are the team that originally drafted him as a 1st round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, and whom he spent 5 seasons with before signing as a free agent with the Colts in 2013:
Despite lingering health concerns, it’s clear that a number of teams remain heavily interested in the 31 year old veteran free agent offensive tackle. As previously noted, Cherilus is apparently healthy and ready to go according to his agent, but that could just be the latter trying to garner further interest in his client.
Cherlius time as a Colts was cut abruptly short, as the team requested that he significantly restructure his contract with demands that his representation deemed unreasonable. After their refusal, the Colts released Cherilus earlier this week in what appears to be a future cap savings move, more than anything.
While Cherilus was solid for the Colts in 2013, making all 16 starts at right tackle, he battled a number of injuries and was highly ineffective last season. He made 13 starts for the team before being placed on season-ending injured reserve late last season.
Whether due to age or injuries, perhaps a combination of both, one could make the strong argument that Cherilus was one of the worst starting right tackles in all of football:
Still, offensive tackles are always in high demand, particularly ones like Cherilus who have proven experience and have played at a high level in the past. It appears teams are at least willing to kick the tires on the veteran offensive tackle to see if he’s in fact healthy and can regain his prior form:
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