The Detroit Lions have claimed CB Eric King off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. The move was actually made on Wednesday. A source confirmed the Lions were the only team to submit a waiver claim for King. King takes up the roster spot of starting ORT Gosder Cherilus (knee), who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
King, now in his sixth season, was released by the Lions on Sept. 4. He signed with the Browns on Nov. 16.
The defensive back signed with the Lions as an unrestricted free agent Feb. 28, 2009 after spending the previous three seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2006-08). Last season King played in four games with one start before being placed on the injured reserve list Oct. 12, 2009. In 2007, King played in 15 games with one start and recorded six tackles, a tackle for loss and nine special teams stops before being placed on injured reserve with a forearm injury Dec. 26, 2007. King joined the Titans Sept. 3, 2006 after being claimed off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills.
Detroit’s interest in King stems from Lions head coach Jim Schwartz’s experience with him in Tennessee when Schwartz was the Titans defensive coordinator. King figures to see time on special teams as well as a role in their nickel or dime defense.
Elsewhere, a source confirmed the team worked out veteran K Kris Brown on Wednesday.
-- Adam Caplan