The Lions cut veteran Safety Chris Hope. He isn’t as good of a STs player as some other guys on their roster so they felt he wasn’t worth keeping around as a backup. Hope is a tough, physical player. He played all 16 games last year, but was just a backup for them. He’ll turn 33 in 5 weeks.
Hope could be added as a replacement for Kenny Phillips. Hope is 6-0, 208 and could help the run defense. He’s never been great in coverage. You could try to play him on run downs and Nate Allen in passing situations, but that kind of platoon system always sounds better in theory than it looks in reality.
They also cut CB Myron Lewis. He is a big DB that many saw as a CB/S tweener. Bill Davis has had some success with those guys in the past. Lewis was the 67th overall pick in 2010. Tampa cut him 2 weeks ago and he wasn’t able to stick in Detroit. He’s played in 28 games and has one career start.
Ronnell Lewis, no relation, could also be a potential target. He played DE for the Lions, but at 6-2, 253 didn’t have ideal size. Lewis was a 4th round pick in 2012 so it is somewhat surprising they gave up on him so quickly.
The Eagles need OLB depth. Travis Long, Everette Brown and Adrian Robinson have virtually no shot at making the roster. It would be nice to add a young player who could push for a roster spot.
Lewis played both DE and LB at Oklahoma, never fully developing at either spot. I had a hard time getting a feel for him. I did think OLB was his more natural position.