The Detroit Lions knocked one item off their offseason checklist on Saturday, re-signing long snapper Don Muhlbach.
Next season will mark Muhlbach’s 15th with the franchise. He ranks third on the team’s all-time list of games played, at 212, and is in line to pace to pass longtime center Dominic Raiola (219) next season.
Muhlbach was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 2004, but was released by the team just before the regular season. The Lions signed him two months later as a mid-season injury replacement.
Detroit brought in competition for Muhlbach in 2016, drafting long snapper Jimmy Landes in the sixth round. But the veteran fended off the challenge for his job back-to-back offseasons. Landes was released last June.
Lions re-up with Hyder
In a move that amounted to little more than a formality, the Lions also re-signed defensive end Kerry Hyder.
Hyder was an exclusive rights free agent and only had the option of re-signing with the Lions once he was tendered. The one-year contract will pay him a veteran’s minimum $630,000.
Hyder missed the 2017 season after suffering a torn Achilles in the preseason opener. He led the team with 8.0 sacks the year before. His return should provide a needed boost to a pass-rush that finished in the bottom half of the league in sacks and pressures.