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Wolf
05-21-2009, 12:58 PM
http://blog.mlive.com/highlightreel/2009/05/detroit_lions_sign_offensive_t.html

The Detroit Lions have signed offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam.

The Lions will be the fifth team Salaam has played for during his 12-year career. Most recently, the 32-year-old played for the Houston Texans.

Terms of Salaam's deal were not available.

Since being drafted in the seventh round out of San Diego State by the Atlanta Falcons, the 6-foot-7, 310-pounder has played in 154 games, starting 129 of them.

Earlier this offseason, there was speculation that the Lions were interested in Salaam.

eriadoc
05-21-2009, 01:08 PM
I know it's a paycheck, but I still can't help but feel sorry for Salaam. Playing for the Lions can't be high on any player's list of aspirations. Plus, I thought he did a decent job for us. Not great, but decent.

GlassHalfFull
05-21-2009, 01:09 PM
http://blog.mlive.com/highlightreel/2009/05/detroit_lions_sign_offensive_t.html

I guess I am happy and sad for him at the same time. Glad he signed somewhere, but the Lions - ouch.

He was a great Texan and brought a ton of humor to the locker room. The Super Bowl commercial with him and Chester Pitts brought some fun attention to the Texans.

Brando
05-21-2009, 01:16 PM
I know it's a paycheck, but I still can't help but feel sorry for Salaam. Playing for the Lions can't be high on any player's list of aspirations. Plus, I thought he did a decent job for us. Not great, but decent.

I thought he did a decent job also. I remember when we first signed him, Jags fan came on here and posted that he was garbage in Jax.

Good Luck in Detroit Salaam, you will need it.

Hervoyel
05-21-2009, 01:17 PM
And Salaam makes that "final stop" on the NFL-go-round to wrap his career up. He did well for us but it's a good thing that we've moved past needing him even if it is a bit sad to see someone go who played hard for us. That's the NFL and it doesn't pay to get overly attached to most players.

TexanSam
05-21-2009, 01:47 PM
Damn, I was hoping he'd retire and go into comedy. He's a funny guy! Especially him and Chester Pitts together!

TimeKiller
05-21-2009, 02:19 PM
I guess nobody wanted a player-first broadcaster in the booth then.....

....or Salaam reeeeeeally wants to play.

"If ifs were fifths, we'd all be drunk."

BigBull17
05-21-2009, 02:22 PM
I think Detroit will be alot better than people think. They will NOT be the worst team in the NFL.

HOU-TEX
05-21-2009, 02:35 PM
I think Detroit will be alot better than people think. They will NOT be the worst team in the NFL.

I agree, BigBull. They've rid themselves of the true cancer of the organization. While I don't think they will have a winning season, I can see them moving up from the bottom 1/4.

Good luck to Salaam. I didn't think he was ever suited to play LT, but he'd be a decent back up at RT.

TexansSeminole
05-21-2009, 02:41 PM
Good luck to Salaam. I didn't think he was ever suited to play LT, but he'd be a decent back up at RT.

I think Stafford is left handed.

Texan4Ever
05-21-2009, 02:41 PM
I hope he plays well for the Lions because even I'm rooting for that franchise and there fans, he was solid and didn't complain much about playing time or his role and he can be an excellent backup or mentor...

:fans:

TEXANS84
05-21-2009, 02:44 PM
Well, gotta wish Salaam good luck for sure. Was hoping we may have gotten him as security before TC starts.

Can't not cheer for the guy. Played starter role for backup money basically his whole career.

HOU-TEX
05-21-2009, 02:50 PM
I think Stafford is left handed.

Stafford's right handed.

I hope they sit him for a year anyways. Let Culpepper take the beating while they build.

TexansSeminole
05-21-2009, 03:00 PM
Stafford's right handed.

I hope they sit him for a year anyways. Let Culpepper take the beating while they build.

Glad you cleared that up, because it actually is important.

BigBull17
05-21-2009, 03:08 PM
I agree, BigBull. They've rid themselves of the true cancer of the organization. While I don't think they will have a winning season, I can see them moving up from the bottom 1/4.

Good luck to Salaam. I didn't think he was ever suited to play LT, but he'd be a decent back up at RT.

I think they win 4-6 games. They were in alot of games last year, and Saalam is an upgrade at LT.

kiwitexansfan
05-22-2009, 04:01 AM
Glad Salaam has a job, was hoping he might have come back here though.

Lions got themselves a good locker room guy and a great backup.

BigBull17
05-22-2009, 09:25 AM
Glad Salaam has a job, was hoping he might have come back here though.

Lions got themselves a good locker room guy and a great backup.

Saalam was a big part of our turn around from a horrible team, to a team on the cusp. That can't be under valued.

HOU-TEX
05-22-2009, 10:26 AM
Saalam was a big part of our turn around from a horrible team, to a team on the cusp. That can't be under valued.

Let's not go too far, Big Bull. Salaam was a stop-gap and he was horrible against speed rushers. If he was a big part of anything, it was the drafting of Duane Brown.

Great guy, but not starting LT material. I do not hold it against him because he was forced in to action via injury.

BigBull17
05-22-2009, 11:07 AM
Let's not go too far, Big Bull. Salaam was a stop-gap and he was horrible against speed rushers. If he was a big part of anything, it was the drafting of Duane Brown.

Great guy, but not starting LT material. I do not hold it against him because he was forced in to action via injury.

He was a leader and helped alot of our young lineman become better pro's. He also filled in when Spencer went down. Guys like Saalam offer more than their on the field presence. He is a great locker room guy, just what a team like Detroit needs. He is also now their best Left Tackle on the team. He is a pretty solid signing.

HOU-TEX
05-22-2009, 11:27 AM
He was a leader and helped alot of our young lineman become better pro's. He also filled in when Spencer went down. Guys like Saalam offer more than their on the field presence. He is a great locker room guy, just what a team like Detroit needs. He is also now their best Left Tackle on the team. He is a pretty solid signing.

No arguement from me, BigBull. I agree with all that. I just don't believe he should be relied upon to start.

Right now they consider him their swing tackle. If they choose to push Backus inside to G, that would give Salaam a shot at LT.

BigBull17
05-22-2009, 12:08 PM
No arguement from me, BigBull. I agree with all that. I just don't believe he should be relied upon to start.

Right now they consider him their swing tackle. If they choose to push Backus inside to G, that would give Salaam a shot at LT.

Yeah, at this stage in his career, he should be the guy who plays due to a tweeked hammy. Detroit may not have alot of choice, considering they have a poor Oline and didn't draft the LT of the future.

thunderkyss
05-22-2009, 12:37 PM
It's cool, that Salaam is getting his props.... from most of the guys here anyway. Sure he was a stop gap.... which is just what we needed at the time. I don't think there was/is anything wrong with that.

I've got much respect for Salaam. I didn't expect him to be able to play this game, and take as many snaps as he did.

Bottom line, I like his story. 7th round draft pick, who made himself a nice career. It didn't just happen, nothing was given to him.... hardwork, effort, and heart.

Gotta luv'm

In case I'm not being very clear, I wish him the very best, and thank him for EVERYTHING he did for us.

ObsiWan
05-22-2009, 01:30 PM
Glad Salaam has a job, was hoping he might have come back here though.

Lions got themselves a good locker room guy and a great backup.

me too. He was one of my faves.
and the follow-up commercial was even better than the super bowl commercial. Guys like him, Anderson, and Capt. Caveman are the special ingredients that make locker room chemistry work.