Former Raiders defensive end Tank Carradine, who was released last week at his request, will visit the Lions on Wednesday, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The former second-round pick of the 49ers is looking for more playing time, and he could have that opportunity in Detroit as Ezekiel Ansah continues to rehab from a shoulder injury.
Carradine has yet to live up to his 2013 draft status and notched just 1.5 sacks and 19 tackles last season. His best season came in 2014 when he had three sacks in nine games. On the plus side, Carradine has done a decent job of generating pressure off of the edge, despite his low sack totals. Last year, his production would have placed him among Pro Football Focus’ top 50 edge defenders if he had enough snaps to qualify.
Without Ansah, the Lions are working with a defensive end group that includes rookie Da’Shawn Hand, Romeo Okwara, Eric Lee, and Kerry Hyder. Okwara has three sacks and Hand has two sacks and two forced fumbles, but the Lions have interest in Carradine for depth.