Lions claim McCauley

Marcus McCauley couldn't find a spot on the 2009 Vikings roster, but found a home in the NFC North with the Detroit Lions.

You have to give the Detroit Lions some credit. For a team coming off the first winless season in the 16-game era of the NFL, the Lions have made a ton a roster changes in the offseason. From the head coach down to the bubble players, even Lions fans may need a program to tell all the new faces and new numbers on their roster.

The latest addition is former Vikings cornerback Marcus McCauley. A third-round draft pick in 2007, McCauley started nine games as a rookie, but played in only 10 games last year - starting one - in 2008. His fall from favor with the coaching staff was evident during training camp, as he fell behind Karl Paymah, Benny Sapp and rookie Asher Allen on the depth chart. He had no defined role with the Vikings, but with the Lions he will have a chance to revive his career.

The McCauley signing marked the second time in a week that the Lions looked to better themselves with castoffs from the Vikings roster. Last week, the Lions signed wide receiver Glenn Holt, only to release him a few days later.

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