With free agency looming at 4 p.m. tomorrow, the Lions have opted to tender offensive tackle Jason Fox, according to multiple reports. They place the original-round tender, at $1.393 million, allowing other teams to negotiate with Fox, however, if a deal is struck that team will give up a fourth round pick. Any offer that Fox receives can be matched by the Lions.
Lions put the original round tender of $1.393M on Jason Fox.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 11, 2013
Jim Schwartz said at the NFL combine that his team was prepared to move forward with their young offensive linemen. With the re-signing of Corey Hilliard, those two (Fox and Hilliard) are expected to battle for an offensive tackle spot.
“I think that we’ve drafted on the offensive line, last year with Reilly Reiff, and a couple years before that with Jason Fox. We’ve developed those guys and if we can plug them in, we’re prepared to do it. All of those guys are guys that we think a lot of and we think that they can go do the job if called upon.”
General manager Martin Mayhew also spoke out on Fox after the season.
“Jason Fox obviously had the injuries in his first couple seasons,” Mayhew said. “He was able to stay healthy all last year, but we also stayed healthy at the tackle position. He didn’t play very much for us. We think he has starter-type talent level. He has the size. He’s a strong enough guy. He’s a good technician. He’s a hard worker. We think he has the ability to start for us.”
Fox has dealt with injuries his entire career. He was limited in college, which spilled over into his first two seasons with the Lions. Fox has played in five NFL games, only one over the past two seasons, which was spent on special teams in Week 12 last season. However, he is 6-foot-6, 314 pounds and won’t turn 25 until May.