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Ex-Lion OT Hilliard signs with Jets

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Corey Hillard

Former Lions offensive tackle Corey Hilliard signed a deal with the New York Jets, it was announced Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Hilliard spent the last six seasons in Detroit after two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2007.

Details of Hilliard's deal with the Jets were not immediately available.

During his time with the Lions, Hilliard was primarily a top reserve. He was in a competition to start at right tackle the past two years, but lost to Jason Fox in 2013 and LaAdrian Waddle in 2014.

In 2013, Hilliard played nine games and started seven games, but a knee injury ended his season prematurely. Last year, Hilliard filled in for Waddle after he suffered an injury Week 1, but Hilliard suffered a season-ending foot injury in the game.

With Riley Reiff, Waddle and Cornelius Lucas on the roster, Hilliard didn't have a clear path to a role with the Lions in 2015, which led him to his opportunity with the Jets.

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