Roberts Closing in on Retirement

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Lions' Tackle Ray Roberts is expected to end his 9 year career soon, announcing his retirement.

Roberts, 6'6, 330, has played in 127 games, 70 games with the Lions, including 10 apprearances last year. A former first round pick out of Seattle, Roberts has been bothered by what Marty Morhinweg calls "creaky" knees for the past year and a half.

"He's had a great career and he's been a great player," Mornhinweg says. "Thats's why it's was intriguing to me to have him on this team."

Several teammates have tried to convince Ray to give it one more season. But Roberts has had trouble pass blocking in camp drills and has reportedly given up.

"He came to me before our first preseason game and I talked to him out of it at that point." Mornhinweg remembers. "I wanted to make sure he was certain of it. It looks as though he'll retire."

The Lions have also announced that Matt Joyce will be moved to tackle from his original position at guard, to add depth because of Roberts' expected retirement. The Lions will also search for a veteran free agent tackle, but Matt Millen says that the team is not interested in former Cowboys tackle and Pro Bowler Erik Williams.

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