MIKE O'HARA

O'HARA: Lions agree to one-year deal with DT Andre Fluellen

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Andre FluellenDT Andre Fluellen (Photo: AP Images)

While the Lions continue hosting potential candidates to fill a vacancy in the defensive backfield, they have re-signed a trusted old hand for depth in the front four.

Andre Fluellen, who became a free agent earlier this month, agreed on a one-year contract Friday. Terms were not released.

Fluellen, 29, was drafted by the Lions in the third round out of Florida State in 2008 and has spent most of his six pro seasons with the Lions.

After four full seasons with the Lions as a rotation player at defensive end and tackle and a part-time starter, Fluellen divided time between the Lions and Dolphins in 2012. He was re-signed by the Lions early last year to fill a vacancy created by a season-ending knee injury sustained by Jason Jones. Fluellen played 13 games, all as a reserve.

Fluellen is a respected member of the defensive line. When the unit was criticized by Packers guard Josh Sitton before last yaer’s Thanksgiving Day game, it was Fluellen’s idea for the entire defensive line to take the field together during pre-game introductions.

The Lions sacked Packers quarterback Matt Flynn seven times, and Ndamukong Suh tackled him in the end zone for a safety in a 40-10 victory.

Visitor’s bureau: Two more free-agent safeties – Thomas DeCoud, formerly of Atlanta, and Chris Clemons, formerly of Miami – had scheduled visits with the Lions on Friday.

James Ihedigbo, a six-year veteran who spent the last two years with the Ravens and started all 16 games in 2013, visited a week ago. Ihedigbo played under new Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin with the Ravens and appeared close, and eager, to sign with the Lions when he departed after his visit.