Medlock Claimed By Detroit

After being released by the Washington Redskins, former Kansas City Chiefs kicker quickly found a new team when he was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.

Medlock, a 2007 fifth-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, was one of the top kickers in the CFL last season for the Toronto Argonauts, converting 40 of 46 attempts, including a team-record seven FGs in one game last August.  He also handled the punting duties — something he hadn’t done since high school — while also booming kickoffs.

The Argonauts retain his rights as a CFL option-year player if — or when — he gets released.  But after thinking he was headed back to the CFL today, Medlock’s agent got the call from Lions GM Martin Mayhew saying he’d been claimed.  So instead, he’ll get a look alongside Jason Hanson, at least for a little while.

“I’m super-shocked,” Medlock told the Toronto Sun.  “(The Lions) want to look at me for the next week or so.  I don’t know what they are planning (long-term), but I guess this slows down the process with the Argos.”

For all of the bouncing around Medlock has done since the Chiefs drafted him out of UCLA in 2007, he keeps getting chances around the league.

I’d say that he has a chance to take Hanson’s job since the Lions kicker will turn 40 tomorrow, but we all know that these guys can kick well into their 40’s.

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