General manager Martin Mayhew said, at the teams season ending press conference, that Corey Hilliard would be a top priority heading into free agency. He kept his word this morning inking the offensive tackle to a two year deal according to Adam Schefter.
Lions signed OT Corey Hilliard to a two-year contract extension. Hilliard is expected to compete for Lions starting RT job.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2013
According to Schefter, the Lions will bring back Hilliard with the expectations of him competing for the right tackle position if Gosder Cherilus is not retained.
Hilliard, in 2009, was signed by the Lions off the Cleveland Browns practice squad. He was active the entire season in 2010 and '11, starting 5 games during that span. He was inactive for all 16 games in 2012 with Riley Reiff and Jason Fox being ahead of him on the depth chart.
Mayhew indicated the Lions are pursuing 9 of their own free agents this off-season, and it apparently begins with Hilliard. Now, who will be the next to ink a deal with Detroit?