Lions begin trimming roster, release Geoff Schwartz

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Veteran guard George Schwartz, left, was released by the Lions one day after they acquired offensive lineman Brandon Thomas from San Francisco.

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions began the week's roster-trimming process by cutting veteran offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.

A seven-year veteran, Schwartz was brought in this offseason to compete for a backup job at guard. His release was ultimately a refection of the team's comfort with its younger options, primarily fifth-round draft pick Joe Dahl.

The Lions also added another guard option this week, trading wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for 25-year-old Brandon Thomas.

Schwartz has played in parts of six seasons for four teams. He started 11 contests last season for the New York Giants and can also play offensive tackle, despite not being used in that role by the Lions. His release carries a $200,000 cap hit.

It's the second notable free-agent addition general manager Bob Quinn has parted ways with in recent days. Detroit cut ties with running back Stevan Ridley last week. The veteran managed to quickly land on his feet, agreeing to sign with the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend.

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