TWENTYMAN: Lions adjust 90-man roster

Posted Jun 2, 2014

The Lions roster is always in flux and a few more changes were made on Monday.

The Lions roster is always in flux and a few more changes were made on Monday.

Kalonji KashamaDE Kalonji Kashama (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Defensive end/outside linebacker Kalonji Kashama and receiver Cody Wilson have been added to the roster. The team released defensive tackle Vaughn Martin and defensive end Kourtnei Brown to put the roster at the allowed 90-man limit.

Kashama (Eastern Michigan) impressed coaches and front office personnel as a tryout player during rookie minicamp. He had 32 tackles last season and led the Eagles with 5.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss.

At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, Kashama could give the Lions some versatility in training camp as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end or a stand-up edge rusher.

Wilson (Central Michigan) was in training camp with the Lions last year and spent time on their practice squad a season ago.

The Lions signed Martin in March after he played three games for the Dolphins last season. He was drafted in the fourth round by San Diego in 2009 and played four seasons with the Chargers, making 78 tackles in 48 games (27 starts) with three sacks.

The drafting of Caraun Reid in the fifth round made Martin somewhat expendable.

Brown was claimed off waivers six weeks ago but has been dealing with an undisclosed muscle strain throughout OTAs. He spent time with San Francisco, Washington and Buffalo the last few seasons, but has never played in a regular-season game.

It’s not uncommon for roster movement to ratchet up after June 1, when additions and subtractions to the roster no longer count towards the NFL’s compensatory formula.