Lions Plug Hole After Signing Page

(DETROIT) - The Detroit Lions fortified one of the few remaining weak spots on their roster when they agreed to terms on a one-year contract at the veteran minimum of $525,000 with veteran tackle Solomon Page.

The contract will only count $450,000 under the salary cap for the thrifty Lions who still have nearly $7 available in cap space.

Page, 6-foot-4, 325-pounds from the University of West Virginia has played mostly tackle since joining the Cowboys as a second round pick in 1999, but head coach Steve Mariucci indicated that Page, who can also swing inside to play guard, will do so.

"He's a versatile guy; I know he enjoyed playing tackle," Mariucci said. "But we have a need at a certain spot."

With Page coming aboard, Detroit has no need for a training camp battle royale between longtime backups Matt Joyce, Dave Loverne and Josh Lovelady for the starting position, Page will likely swing right into it.

Detroit also announced the signing of second round pick Teddy Lehmann and sixth round pick Kelly Butler, leaving their top two picks, wide receiver Roy Williams and running back Kevin Jones still unsigned.

Detroit is expected to quickly come to terms with third round pick corner Keith Smith of McNeese State and fifth round pick Alex Lewis, a linebacker from Wisconsin.

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