Detroit Lions Part Ways with Daniel Loper After One Season

Oliver SethContributor IApril 15, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 3:  Daniel Loper #70 of the Detroit Lions looks on during the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Lions has been very active in adding pieces to the puzzle in Detroit, but it seems that Daniel Loper is not a piece.

The news today is the Detroit Lions have released Daniel Loper after one season with the team and playing under a former Titans coach in Jim Schwartz.

Loper was a designated restricted free agent and had a tender of about $1,226,000.

When Loper signed the tender, it was expected that he be able to compete for the starting LG spot on the team, and that possibilty was cut out when the Lions made the deal for Rob Sims out of Seattle.

The LG spot was getting a bit crowded after re-signing Mike Gandy, and it seems that Loper was going to be the one to receiver the axe.

While in my mind, it would have been Manny to be cut, it seems that Loper has never quite caught onto his job like he did in Tennessee.

This relased makes Loper an unrestricted free agent and he is now free to pursue signing with any team of his choice.

The Lions were unable to use Loper to his full potential, and while I still think keeping him would have been best, the experiment with Loper is over.

Hopefully, Loper is able to attach to an organization better suited for his talents.

Thanks for the time, Loper.