After being released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the week to make room for wide receiver Bobby Wade, Turk McBride quickly found a new home. The former second round pick was claimed on waivers by the Detroit Lions.
McBride, a 6-foot-2, 278-pounder who started nine games for Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham in Kansas City before going on injured reserve last season.
With the Chiefs moving from a 4-3 defensive scheme to a 3-4, McBride, a former University of Tennessee standout, was trying to make the transition to outside linebacker this season. With the Lions, he’s expected to return to his position at defensive end.
The Lions haven’t confirmed the transaction — they likely won’t until Thursday. But they officially released defensive lineman Orien Harris on Wednesday to make room for McBride on the roster.
Cunningham was asked after practice Wednesday about the possibility of more roster moves on the defensive line, especially after a lackluster Week 1 showing.
“We are always going to look for help. I think (general manager) Martin (Mayhew) has done a great job. He speaks with me almost every day about different guys that may come loose.”
I knew he would find work quickly, but I’m not so sure anyone knew there would be quite this much interest in McBride. The Lions had first waiver priority, but they weren’t the only team that put in a claim. The Bears and Jaguars — not shabby defenses — also submitted waiver claims for McBride’s contract.
I always liked Turk and think he will be starting for Gunther in Detroit in a few weeks. He knows the system and will be pumped to be playing on the defensive line again… A place he never should have moved away from to begin with.