The Detroit Lions added even more competition to their offensive line early Tuesday morning, as Jake Scott has agreed to terms with the team, according to his agent Chris Gittings. The move came fewer than 24 hours after the Lions added another veteran to the interior offensive line by agreeing to terms with Leroy Harris.
Scott, 32, played four seasons with each the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans before joining the Philadelphia Eagles in November 2012 for the final seven games of the season. Before 2012, Scott had recorded seven consecutive seasons with 16 starts.
A consistent guard in the past, Scott's play has tailed off at times, but he still should be able to compete for a starting role with the Lions, although earning it will be easier said than done. On Monday, Sean Yuille of Pride of Detroit broke down the competition at offensive line following the addition of Harris, which will be even more crowded following the addition of Scott:
Do they think he will challenge Dominic Raiola for the starting job at center? Do they view him as someone who could push Larry Warford at right guard? Do they simply want an insurance policy who has starting experience at center and guard? Those questions will remain unanswered for now. What is clear is that the Lions have more than enough bodies ready to compete at center and guard between Harris, Raiola, Warford, Bill Nagy, Rodney Austin, Dylan Gandy, Derek Hardman and Darren Keyton.
A fifth-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Scott has played in 131 career games and started in 128. The Lions added running back Reggie Bush during the offseason to pair with Mikel Leshoure after finishing in the bottom 10 in rushing yards. Scott was a full-time starter for the Titans in 2009 when Chris Johnson finished the year with 2,006 yards rushing.