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Lions give Corey Hilliard a two-year deal

Justin Mill, Austin wells, Corey Hilliard

Detroit Lions defensive back Justin Miller (43), tight end Austin Wells (45) and tackle Corey Hilliard (78) during an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


The Lions offensive tweaking continued Friday, as they signed tackle Corey Hilliard to a two-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Hilliard was set to be an unrestricted free agent, and could compete for a starting job.

The Lions already cut guard Stephen Peterman, and right tackle Gosder Cherilus is a pending unrestricted free agent as well.

With first rounder Riley Reiff a starting-quality player without a starting job last year, and left tackle Jeff Backus 35 years old, the Lions are shaking things up. Center Dominic Raiola already took a major pay cut, and the moves likely aren’t finished.