Gosder Cherilus returning to Lions for tryout

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Gosder Cherilus

The Lions have been looking for a veteran offensive tackle for much of the offseason, and on Thursday they'll host one of their former draft picks to see if he can provide depth at a worrisome position.

Gosder Cherilus, who spent five years in Detroit after the Lions selected him in the first round in 2008, is set to visit Allen Park for a free-agent tryout.

The Indianapolis Colts cut Cherilus Sunday, just two seasons into his five-year, $34 million deal. He visited the Buffalo Bills Wednesday, but will take a trip to Detroit before choosing his next team. NFL Network first reported his visit to the Lions.

Besides left tackle Riley Reiff, the Lions have limited experience at tackle. LaAdrian Waddle is entering his third season, and while there's optimism he'll be healthy for Week 1, he's still recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Cornelius Lucas is the frontrunner to start at right tackle if Waddle misses time, but he's entering his second season after going undrafted in 2014. Behind him, seventh-round rookie Corey Robinson is likely the top option as Michael Williams, a former tight end, and Xavier Proctor, a former defensive tackle, are still learning the position.

Cherilus, 31, started 75 games for the Lions at right tackle from 2008-12. He started 16 games for the Colts in 2013 and 13 in 2014 before a variety of injuries ended his season. He also had offseason knee surgery this year.

Due to injuries, the Lions have had three different starting right tackles each of the last two years since Cherilus went to Indianapolis as a free agent.