Lions release veteran guard Joe Dahl

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The Detroit Lions announced they have released former starting guard Joe Dahl.

It’s not an unexpected move. Dahl was due a salary of $2.675 million in 2021 as well as some roster bonuses, but he was not projected to be more than the top reserve guard on the team. Releasing the 28-year-old saves the Lions $2.84 million against the salary cap in 2021.

Dahl joined the Lions as a fifth-round pick out of Washington in the 2016 NFL draft. He worked his way into a starting position in 2019 after spot-starting and swinging between right and left guard in his first three years. He lost the starting gig to rookie Jonah Jackson in 2020.

Dahl should find a taker on the open market. Because he was cut, he will not factor into any compensatory draft pick equations.

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