ALLEN PARK - The Detroit Lions today agreed to terms on a two-year contract with offensive guard Rick DeMulling.
DeMulling, 6-foot-4, 304-pounds was a 7th round pick out of Idaho by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2001 draft. He worked his way into the starting lineup for 41 games over the last three seasons.
The five-year veteran is primarily a left guard but has the versatility to play center in a pinch as he did for the Colts when Jeff Saturday was injured.
DeMulling became available when the Colts, who had several marquee players become due for new contracts, had to make some tough choices.
Indianapolis quickly zeroed in on re-signing tackle Ryan Diem to a long term deal and inked running back Edgerrin James to the franchise tender, leaving little room for the demands of the veteran guard who signed a one-year deal with the club a season ago for $1.37 million.
The move finally solidifies the left side of Detroit's offensive line. Detroit struggled with longtime backup Dave Loverne starting on the left side. DeMulling is expected to team with veteran Jeff Backus.
Meanwhile, Detroit will have to make one more adjustment to their interior front as veteran former first-round draft pick (2000) Stockar McDougle signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins for just under $1 million, turning down a more lucrative offer from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Detroit could either address McDougle's departure through free agency - as a number of good tackles are still available - or they could use a draft pick.
The Lions pick 10th overall in the upcoming 2005 NFL draft.
Lions Agree To Terms With Guard DeMulling
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