Detroit Lions: 3 recently cut players to consider signing

(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /
2 of 3
Detroit Lions, Michael Jordan
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions should consider adding Michael Jordan.

There is an opportunity for a joke here, but I refuse to write it.  Michael Jordan, a former fourth-round selection, had been a starting guard for the Cincinnati Bengals to add depth and potentially push Hal Vaitai.

Jordan entered the NFL way of Ohio State in 2019 and played exclusively at left guard last season, producing an underwhelming overall grade of 55.7 courtesy of Pro Football Focus (PFF).  He provided the Bengals with an ok run blocking mark of 63.4 as a run blocker but an atrocious 40.8 mark in pass protection over 731 snaps.

Vaitai carried a similar overall grade of 59.7 and also struggled in pass protection.

The Bengals are expected to start veteran Quinton Spain at left guard and tried moving Jordan over to the right side but eventually elected to release the youngster.  If Jordan is not comfortable playing the right side, Jonah Jackson has experience at the NFL level playing both sides and could simply slide back to the right.

After releasing a slew of linemen in Tyrell Crosby, Tommy Kraemer, Dan Skipper, and Darrin Paulo, plus Logan Stenberg suffering an injury in the final preseason game, the Detroit Lions will be in the market for a few backup offensive linemen.