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Detroit Lions Sign Veteran Defensive Tackle Justin Bannan

August 15th, 2013 at 10:52 PM
By Max DeMara

With the season drawing closer and a youth movement fully underway on the defensive line, the Detroit Lions turned to veteran Justin Bannan to add some veteran stability.

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Detroit reportedly signed Bannan on Thursday, ending the their courtship of the 11 year veteran. Previously, Bannan played with the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams and most recently, the Denver Broncos. A good stop gap for the run, Bannan only has 6.5 career sacks with 5 forced fumbles, meaning he's more of a space filler.

That, in itself, could help Detroit most in 2013. Famously, the Lions have struggled to stop the run in the middle of the line, meaning Bannan could play an important role for a team who needs to be stout in the middle of the line. Other than C. J. Mosley, the Lions don't employ a defensive lineman with more than five year's experience in the league, which could hurt as the season wears on.

From that standpoint, the Lions addition of Bannan might help the outlook of the entire defense. He can provide vocal leadership for Detroit's young core up front while also serving a nice purpose in the trenches. Despite Bannan's elevated age, it's a win-win signing just a few weeks before the games start to count.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

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