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Lions cut Johnny Culbreath, sign Jonathan Scott

For the second day in a row, the Lions have released one of their players who was arrested this offseason.

Yesterday cornerback Aaron Berry was given the old heave-ho, and today offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath has been released. Culbreath, a 2011 seventh-round draft pick, was arrested in January for marijuana possession.

To fill Culbreath’s spot on the offensive line, the Lions have picked up offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, who was released by the Steelers five days ago.

This will be Scott’s second stint with the Lions, who took him out of Texas in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. After two years with the Lions he spent two years with the Bills and then two years with the Steelers. It’s unlikely that Scott can compete for a starting job in Detroit, but he may earn a spot on the 53-man roster as the No. 4 tackle behind last year’s starters Jeff Backus and Gosder Cherilus, and this year’s first-round draft pick Riley Reiff.

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9 Responses to “Lions cut Johnny Culbreath, sign Jonathan Scott”
  1. tshirttom says: Jul 24, 2012 4:15 PM

    Not a big upgrade that I can see.

  2. joeyballgame4 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:20 PM

    lions have cut a gun toting average DB. and a pot smoking terrible 7th rd tackle. the ones they kept are very talented as well as midemeanor offenders. neither of the latter are worth cutting. so spare us the dirty cliche comments. theyre doing what every team would do.

  3. heyguru1969 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:23 PM

    Sometimes to be a success you have to upgrade your personalities. There’s a reason talented “dream teams” often crash and burn, and I applaud the Lions for at least making a wave in their crime wave.

  4. craggt says: Jul 24, 2012 4:33 PM

    I think this has less to do with Pot and more to do with him not being very good and having injury issues. He didn’t play a down last year and was a 7th round fringe prospect.

  5. erikkramer1gamewonder says: Jul 24, 2012 5:58 PM

    Before anyone goes spouting off about double standards for higher draft picks, keep in mind that’s how things work in most walks of life:
    More talented/hard to replace employees get far more second chances that less talented/easily replacable employees.

  6. jimmylions says: Jul 24, 2012 6:05 PM

    Culbreath’s salary was $465K, so this doesn’t help our cap issues at all.

    I’m curious what the Steelers fans thought of him. Obviously we could use more help than this on our O-line.

  7. justthepeanutgallery says: Jul 24, 2012 6:40 PM

    Scott’s pretty good as a turnstyle, not so good as a tackle.

    He might be able to play a little in small stretches, but if gambling ‘s your game you should know that the house always wins in the end.

  8. johnnycash19 says: Jul 24, 2012 7:18 PM

    More competition for Hilliard and Fox? I still don’t see Scott making the 53. Hilliard has done decent when put into action.

  9. catquick says: Jul 24, 2012 8:45 PM

    When Scott was a Bill he wasn’t very/any good. Haven’t paid much mind to him since, but I doubt he got much better. I doubt the Steelers would have dropped him if he could play. Ben got pounded the last 2 yrs.

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