Lions bring back OT Matt Nelson

Reserve offensive tackle Matt Nelson is back in the Lions den for another season. Days after not tendering him a restricted free agent offer, the team signed Nelson to a free agent contract.

Terms of Nelson’s deal were not immediately available. Due to the timing of not giving the reserve a tender offer, it is expected to be less than what Nelson would have received as an RFA.

Nelson played 70 snaps in 2022 as the Lions’ extra tackle. He also served as the primary backup for Taylor Decker and Penei Sewell in the last two seasons. The 27-year-old figures to have more competition for those roles in 2023 even with the new contract.

Story originally appeared on Lions Wire