Allen Park, Mich. – The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed free agent G Zach Piller to a one-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.Â The team also released DT Anthony Bryant.
Piller (6-5, 315) comes to Detroit for his ninth NFL season after spending his entire career with Tennessee who drafted him in the third round (81st overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He has been the starting left guard for the Titans for the past six seasons (2001-06) and has played in 87 career games with 58 starts. Piller was released by Tennessee February 19.
Last season, Piller started the first three games of the 2006 campaign at left guard before suffering an ankle injury at Miami (9/24). He was inactive the next three weeks before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list (10/26).
Piller returned from a biceps injury (2004) to start all 16 games in 2005 and was an integral part of an offensive line that pass protected for the league’s ninth-ranked passing attack. He helped Tennessee finish second and sixth, respectively, for the fewest sacks allowed in the NFL in 2002 (21) and in 2003 (25). Additionally, Eddie George eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in both 2002 and 2003.
Bryant (6-3, 336) was originally drafted by the Buccaneers in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Detroit signed Bryant from the Tampa Bay practice squad November 30. He played in four games for the Lions with three starts and finished with 11 tackles (five solo) and a fumble recovery.