Lions decide to re-sign one D-lineman and not re-sign another

The Detroit Lions have yet to make a splash signing at the defensive tackle position, but they did re-sign DT Christian Ringo today.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

Originally a sixth-round (210th overall) pick in 2015 by the Green Bay Packers, Ringo ended up playing a total of six games for the Lions last year. He was on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad before he came to Detroit.

The fourth-year player has recorded a total of five tackles and one forced fumble in his eight games played as a backup. Ringo will be a roster bubble player going into camp.

Staying along the defensive line, it has also been reported by ESPN’s Mike Rothstein that the Lions do not plan on bringing back DE/LB Brandon Copeland.

Not a huge surprise, but Copeland did seem to fit the type of player GM Bob Quinn has been bringing in this off-season: versatile. Apparently the Lions brass felt otherwise.

The 2013 undrafted free agent’s career looked to be over in 2014 when he was un-rostered and only had limited practice squad experience. He had already been cut five different times.

A standout 2015 NFL Veterans Combine performance afforded him one more opportunity in the league. Former Lions GM Martin Mayhew liked what he saw and took a chance. The low-risk move paid off as Copeland turned into a staple on the Lions special teams unit for a couple years (2015-16).

Unfortunately for Copeland, he tore his pectoral last year in preseason which landed him on injured reserve.

In 32 career games, he amassed 30 tackles, a half sack and one forced fumble– all with the Lions.

UPDATE:

Copeland lands with the New York Jets:

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