Lions re-sign Corey Hilliard to two-year extension

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - The makeover to the Detroit Lions offensive line continues.

The Lions have signed tackle Corey Hilliard to a two-year extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hilliard is expected to compete for the starting right tackle job, according to the same report. The position has been held by Gosder Cherilus, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Already this winter, the team cut guard Stephen Peterman and reshaped Dominic Raiola's deal. The center took a major pay cut to stay in Detroit.

Left tackle Jeff Backus is coming off a season that saw him miss the first game of his career. He is 35-years old and 2012 first round pick Riley Reiff is waiting in the fold.

Hilliard has been with the Lions since he was signed off the Browns practice squad in December 2009. He was originally a sixth round draft pick by the New England Patriots in the 2007 NFL Draft.

He has started five games in four years for Detroit.


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