Derek Landri has played in 87 career NFL games. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)
Allen Park — The Lions hosted veteran defensive tackle Derek Landri for a workout at team headquarters Tuesday.
A fifth-round pick in 2007 out of Notre Dame, Landri has played with four different teams over the past eight years, spending last season with Tampa Bay, and has several ties to Lions players and coaches.
He played with cornerback Rashean Mathis in Jacksonville from 2007-09 and defensive end Darryl Tapp in Philadelphia from 2011-12. Landri was also coached by Lions defensive line assistant Jim Washburn with the Eagles and by linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, who was the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator last season. Assistant secondary coach Tony Oden was with Landri and Sheridan in Tampa Bay in 2013, too.
Landri said the Lions indicated they planned to sign him, but he won't be excited until a deal is official.
“It’s the NFL,” he said. “Everything is a formality, so we’ll how it goes.”
If the Lions sign Landri, he would compete for reserve snaps behind defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.