Lions sign punter who paid his own way to tryout

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At a time when plenty of people without actual football talent (but who may believe otherwise) may be willing to plunk down $275 to try out for the NFL, it’s no surprise that a former college punter made a slightly larger wager on himself.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, former Central Florida punter Blake Clingan received a contract offer from the Lions on Tuesday, after footing the bill for his trip to Detroit for a tryout.

“I’ll tell you what,” Clingan told Birkett, “this is the best money I’ve ever spent, without a doubt.”

Clingan, who was in the 2011 draft pool and who previously has a tryout with the Dolphins, struck the ceiling of the Lions’ practice facility “several times” during the workout.

Detrot’s incumbent punter Nick Harris, an unrestricted free agent, isn’t expected to return.  Coach Jim Schwartz has said that the Lions could take a punter in the draft.