Lions To Sign TE Orson Charles

SATURDAY, 10:20am: The Lions have official announced the move on their website.

THURSDAY, 1:06pm: The Lions have agreed to sign tight end Orson Charles, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes. Charles was in camp with the team this week on a tryout basis and made a good impression on coaches. Orson Charles (vertical)

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The Lions still have to clear a spot on their 90-man roster for Charles and it’s possible that Stephen Tulloch could be the player jettisoned. The veteran linebacker has been in limbo since February, but there’s reason to believe that his saga will be coming to an end soon. This week, the Lions excused Tulloch from minicamp and that could be a sign that he won’t be with the team much longer. Tulloch, 31, has spent the last five years with the Lions but they would apparently prefer to free up cap space.

As for Charles, he has not appeared in an NFL game since 2013 when he was with the Bengals. In the year prior, he logged six starts for Cincinnati. Currently, the Lions have six other tight ends on the roster: Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron, Adam Fuehne, Matthew Mulligan, Ben McCord, and Cole Wick.

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