Tackle Corey Hilliard has been re-signed by the Detroit Lions to a two-year deal, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hilliard, a pending unrestricted free agent, could compete for a starting job on a line which will have a new look come September.
Right tackle Gosder Cherilus will be an unrestricted free agent and it’s unknown if he will return. Jeff Backus is 35 and has a year left on his contract. Right guard Stephen Peterman was released and center Dominic Raiola took a pay cut to stay.
Hilliard played in all 16 games in 2010 (four starts) and 2011 (one start). With the addition of first-round pick Riley Reiff, he didn’t play in 2012.
He was originally signed by the Lions on Dec. 9, 2009 off the Cleveland Browns practice squad.
General manager Martin Mayhew told reporters at the Combine he was targeting nine of the pending free agents. One down, eight to go.