Lions waive 2012 third-round CB Bill Bentley

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The Lions drafted two cornerbacks this offseason, which was going to make it difficult for some of the veterans to make the team out of training camp.

Bill Bentley won't have an opportunity to prove himself when camp begins in August as the Lions waived him after the conclusion of minicamp Thursday.

A third-round pick in 2012, Bentley dealt with a variety of injuries during his first three seasons with the Lions. He played just four games as a rookie, starting three, as his season ended early due to a shoulder injury.

In 2013, Bentley was the Lions' top nickel cornerback, playing 13 games and starting five with five passes defensed, but he dealt with a knee injury and concussion throughout the year.

Bentley managed to regain his spot as the nickel cornerback in 2014, but suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 1, ending his season after just three defensive snaps.

Bentley was the last remaining of the three cornerbacks the Lions drafted in 2012, along with fifth-rounder Chris Greenwood and sixth-rounder Jonte Green.

Now entering his fourth season, Bentley has less upside than some of his fellow cornerbacks vying for jobs. General manager Martin Mayhew has also said in the past that if players can't prove themselves after three years, they likely never will.

In addition to starters Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis, third-round pick Alex Carter and sixth-rounder Quandre Diggs are locks to make the roster. Nevin Lawson, a fourth-rounder last year, will likely make it, too, and veteran Josh Wilson looks like the best nickel option right now.

At 26 years old, though, Bentley should have a chance to land with another team.