Starting right guard Stephen Peterman was released not too long after those comments and long-time center
It appears any additions via free agency would make more sense improving the interior of the offensive line with tackles
Position: Offensive line
Lions under contract: Jeff Backus,
Who’s out there: Andy Levitre, Louis Vasquez, Brandon Moore, Fernando Velasco, Donald Thomas, Chad Rinehart, Matt Slauson, Geoff Schwartz
Analysis: Levitre and Vasquez are the head of the class. Levitre, 26, is young and versatile, capable of starting at any of the three interior line spots. He’s also proven to be very durable, starting every game of his pro career.
There's a minor injury history with Vasquez, but he appeared in all 16 games in 2012 and the 25-year-old has 54 starts under his belt.
Moore, 32, isn't a long-term solution, but he’s started every game over the last eight years for the Jets.
Schwartz (6-6, 335) visited the Lions last offseason before signing with the Vikings, where he served in a reserve role. There’s some familiarity there.