Lions aquire Olandis Gary for future draft pick

The Detroit Lions moved swiftly to acquire former 1,000 yard rusher Olandis Gary in trade from the Buffalo Bills. The move helps shore up the offensive backfield

(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions today acquired former 1,000 yard rusher Olandis Gary in a trade from the Buffalo Bills. Detroit gave a conditional draft pick for the fifth year veteran who in 1999 rushed for 1,159 yards in relief of the injured Terrell Davis in Denver in just eleven starts.

Gary has never been able to recapture that magical season and has been plagued by a number of injuries that led to his exodus from Denver.

"Olandis Gary was a player that we brought in during the off-season and considered signing him as a free agent acquisition," said Detroit head coach Steve Mariucci. Gary eventually signed with Buffalo.

"He's a veteran, he's played in the league and he's 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. He gives us another veteran back on board.

Shawn Bryson is really the only other one that's played a little bit. Avon Cobourne is a rookie and we don't know quite how long James will be out so we felt to sure up that situation a little bit, adding a back like Olandis Gary gives us a bit of a security blanket there."

The move led directly to the release of fifth-year veteran running back Autry Denson. Denson, who was one of the top producing backs in NFL Europe this season had a strong training camp and was a factor to make the final squad before undrafted free agent Cobourne came on strong in the final two weeks to beat him out of a roster spot.

Detroit released 13 players and put two others on injured lists to get to the 53-man limit by todays 4:00pm deadline.

Detroit will have an opportunity to create a five-man practice squad that will likely include two of the 13 players released from its roster today.


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