Lions sign Foster, Gandy
Don't read too much into the Lions' signings of offensive linemen George Foster and Dylan Gandy. Both players are backups at best and no sure thing to make the team next year.
Foster played the last two seasons with the Lions after coming over in the Dre Bly trade. He started 12 games in Detroit, but lost his job twice last year to rookie Gosder Cherilus. Gandy spent last season with Denver and Oakland but did not appear in a game. He was a backup in Indianapolis from 2005-07.
The Lions still want to add a lineman somewhere in this month's draft, and Tuesday's signings give them options in the early rounds. With Foster as a swing tackle, the Lions can draft an interior lineman in the mold of Cal center Alex Mack or Louisville center Eric Wood. That player would compete with Stephen Peterman and Daniel Loper for a starting job at guard and eliminate the need for Gandy as a backup center. If the Lions go tackle at the top of the draft, a scenario that appears unlikely according to several league observers, Foster could be out of a job.
Free agent tackle Ephraim Salaam also has visited the Lions according to reports, but with Foster in the fold don't expect Salaam to become a Lion.