Gary, who had a tremendous rookie capaign with Denver, amassing 1,159 rush yards, succumbed to playing second fiddle to rookie sensation Clinton Portis last year. While Portis lit up the competition, Gary only managed 147 yards in 13 games, which includes 2 starts. He became a free agent and subsequently signed with the Bills. With the selection of Willis McGahee and incumbent starter Travis Henry, Olandis fell to the third spot on the depth chart, hence the trade. Ironically, Gary visited the Lions before signing with the Bills during the last free agency period.
The Lions, who just lost starting RB James Stewart, needed a RB with experience. The only two running backs left behind Stewart were undrafted rookie Avon Cobourne and Shawn Bryson. Coach Mariucci says the acquisition gives the Lions a "security blanket" at the position.
"Olandis Gary was a player that we brought in during the off-season and considered signing him as a free agent acquisition." said Mariucci in a press release. "Hes a veteran, hes played in the league and hes played well. Given the health of our situation at tailback, a trade was a possibility so we pursued it. Matt (Millen) worked on it for the last day or two and ended up getting it done."
Gary will report to practice tomorrow, pending physical.
Notes: LB Brian Williams was placed on the Reserved/Injured list today. Steve Mariucci cited the depth at the position as the main factor in the decision .... DT Luther Ellis was placed on the Reserve/Non football injury list ... In order to make room for new RB Olandis Gary, three offensive guards were cut: Tony Semple, Tyrone Hopson, and Kerlin Blaise .... The following players were also given their walking papers today: WR David Kircus, S Lamar Campbell, RB Autry Denson, CB Gerald Dixon, T Ben Johnson, DT Antwan Lake, LB Jody Littleton, TE Matt Murphy, CB Jemeel Powell, and DE Jonathan Taylor.