ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Andre Fluellen entered some rare company Monday afternoon, even if it's not necessarily the type of stature an NFL player wants.
When the Detroit Lions re-signed the defensive tackle Monday, it marked the eighth time he has signed or re-signed with the club, including being drafted by Detroit in 2008.
And while Fluellen is likely glad to be back with the Lions once again, he joins Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Maui'a as the only players since 2008 to have been signed or re-signed by the same club eight times, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Fluellen was signed because Nick Fairley injured his right knee against Atlanta, leaving the Lions with a need for defensive tackle depth. This is typical for how Fluellen has been signed, released and re-signed by Detroit over the years.
Fluellen was drafted by Detroit in the third round in 2008. He re-signed with the team as a restricted free agent in 2011 and then again as an unrestricted free agent in 2012. After spending some time with Miami following his release from the Lions in 2012, he once again signed with Detroit on Dec. 11, 2012.
That covers his first four times signing with Detroit.
After signing with and being released by Chicago during the offseason in 2013, he signed again with Detroit in 2013 (No. 5). He was cut by the Lions and re-signed again in September 2013 (No. 6). He re-signed again with Detroit in March (No. 7), was released after training camp and then re-signed again Monday (No. 8).
One other player should be mentioned in this category: Pittsburgh safety Ross Ventrone was signed, promoted or released 29 times by New England in three seasons with the Patriots, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- including 21 times in 2011.
To make room for Fluellen, the Lions cut cornerback Danny Gorrer.