If the Detroit Lions have decided to move on from right tackle Gosder Cherilus, a believable scenario considering their recent moves and his injury history, then they have secured another competitor to replace him. Corey Hilliard, a swing backup at both tackle positions over the past four seasons, has signed a two-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Hilliard did not appear in a game in 2012, but would probably get a chance to win the right tackle job if the Lions open the competition this offseason. Based on the way Lions officials spoke last month at the NFL scouting combine, Jason Fox -- a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 -- is the leading candidate to win the job.
If Fox or Hilliard man the right tackle position, Riley Reiff -- the Lions' first-round draft pick in 2012 -- could play right guard. That, of course, assumes left tackle Jeff Backus does not retire and returns for a 12th season. Cherilus, the Lions' right tackle since he was their first-round draft choice in 2008, recently sought treatment for his knee in Europe, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Yes, as we've discussed several times, the Lions' offensive line is in flux this offseason. Hilliard gives them another option as they put the puzzle together.