Biggs: DeVries leaves Lions' den, could return

The Detroit Lions didn’t want to pay Jared DeVries a roster bonus of $400,000 in a few weeks, but the club still might want him back.

The ball is in the court of the veteran defensive end now, though, after he was released at his request. When DeVries learned that the club wasn’t going to pay the roster bonus, he figured it was better to be cut sooner rather than later, allowing him to survey the landscape before free agency opens on March 5.

DeVries, an 11-year veteran, was slated to be the starter at left end last season but tore an Achilles tendon in training camp. He’s been rehabilitating and believes he will be fully ready for another season.

"There's no bad blood here. I just talked to them and they want me back," DeVries told Tom Kowalski of MLive.com. "They're just not real confident in my rehab yet. They'd like me back so we'll keep that door open. They've seen my progress. I asked them to put me through drills if that would help.

"If I had to play a game tomorrow, I could play it. They don't feel that way. It's a difficult situation because I've been a Lion for 11 years and I'd like to finish a Lion."

The team said all the right things about DeVries, too, but the bottom line is that when a player is released, the club is ready and willing to move forward without him. That’s the reality of this situation.

"It's important to point out that we haven't foreclosed on the idea of bringing Jared back," Lions president Tom Lewand told Kowalski. "We've agreed to keep the dialogue open. We think the world of Jared."

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