Lions Think Loverne Is the Answer

The Detroit Lions signed six-year veteran guard David Loverne to fill the hole expected to be opened by the retirement of longtime veteran Ray Brown. Loverne, 6' 3", 299-lbs from San Jose State was on the roster of the St. Louis Rams last season, but despite less than stellar play from that unit, Loverne was only able to get into lineup for one game for the Rams.

ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions signed six-year veteran guard David Loverne to fill the hole expected to be opened by the retirement of longtime veteran Ray Brown. Loverne, 6' 3", 299-lbs from San Jose State was on the roster of the St. Louis Rams last season, but despite less than stellar play from that unit, Loverne was only able to get into lineup for one game for the Rams.

Some say that St. Louis' pass oriented game didn't fit Loverne's strength and that is the reason he struggled to fit into the Rams offensive unit, but others say that Loverne just isn't very good. The veteran guard started eleven games for the Washington Redskins before being traded to St. Louis along with Trung Candidate.

Loverne may turn out to be the player Detroit is hoping for, but with a number of proven starting guards still available in the free agent market, it remains to be seen what Detroit saw in Loverne. He is expected to compete with Kerlin Blaise, Josh Lovelady and Matt Joyce for the starting guard position.

Detroit has had trouble evaluating quality free agents in the interior line before. Early in Matt Millen's tenure as president and general manager of the Lions, he tendered and then pulled an offer to Jeff Hartings, Detroit's most talented linemen at the time. Hartings subsequently signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and has anchored that line since moving there.

Detroit tried to replace Hartings with Brenden Stai, a journeyman player who they signed to a five-year contract for $9 million. Detroit claimed that Stai would be a solid replacement for Hartings, but had to deal him a year later for a draft pick and eat the signing bonus they paid to Stai because he couldn't block anyone.

Detroit hopes for a better result from Loverne.

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