By Ashley Dunkak

CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Lions signed 11 undrafted free agents — including seven offensive players — and also released eight players Monday.

As far as the departures, from the offense the Lions jettisoned center Sherman Carter, tight end Matt Veldman and wide receivers Carlin Isles (the heralded rugby player) and Cody Wilson. From the defense, Detroit parted ways with linebacker Jon Morgan, cornerback Nate Ness and safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. The Lions also released kicker John Potter.

The group of undrafted free agents the Lions signed includes three defensive backs – Jerome Couplin of William & Mary, Gabe Lynn of Oklahoma, and Mohammed Seisay of Nebraska. The Detroit secondary has been the subject of much scrutiny after the Lions finished 2013 in the bottom third of the NFL in pass yards allowed. The Lions filled one secondary need when they signed safety James Ihedigbo in late March to replace Louis Delmas. Many fans hoped the Lions would draft a cornerback this weekend, and Detroit eventually did just that, albeit in the fourth round.

Detroit also signed Missouri quarterback James Franklin, who could compete with veteran Dan Orlovsky – whom the Lions drafted in 2005 and who played under new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell when both were in Indianapolis – for the backup job.


Name Pos Ht Wt College Hometown
Chad Abram FB 6-0 229 Florida State Lakeland, Fla.
Alex Bullard G 6-2 302 Tennessee Franklin, Tenn.
Jerome Couplin DB 6-2 215 William & Mary Upper Marlboro, Md.
James Franklin QB 6-2 230 Missouri Corinth, Texas
Justin Jackson LB 6-1 230 Wake Forest Rockingham, N.C.
Cornelius Lucas T 6-9 328 Kansas State New Orleans, La.
Gabe Lynn DB 6-0 204 Oklahoma Tulsa, Okla.
Jacob Maxwell TE 6-4 240 Louisiana Lafayette Pearl River, La.
D.J. Morrell G 6-6 325 Old Dominion Norwalk, Conn.
Andrew Peacock WR 5-10 190 Appalachian State Durham, N.C.
Mohammed Seisay DB 6-2 200 Nebraska Springfield, Va.



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