(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions announced today that they have released defensive tackle Luther Elliss, running back James Stewart and wide receiver Bill Schroeder.
The release of Elliss was expected, the only consideration was if the Lions would release him now, or wait until June 1 to avoid have the pro-rated portion of his signing bonus accelerate into this year's salary cap.
“We’ve talked about this for a while. He’s known about it – we talked about it last year as well. It’s not anything that came out of the blue. Like with everything, Luther handled it with class,” said Lions president Matt Millen.
Detroit decided to move now to get $4.4 million of cap room immediately.
"Luther has been a great pro for us for the last nine years. He’s been great in the community as well. That’s a guy who put his heart and soul into this organization so it was a tough (decision), but we felt it was time.”
Schroeder was a favorite target of the fans for his failure to go strong over the middle to catch footballs and "allligator arms."
Millen had no comment other than to say the team had released Schroeder who's career is likely over.
Millen said the team will revisit Stewart to see if they can re-sign him at a reduced rate.
“We released James but we’ll still talk to him," Millen said. I still think he can be productive here. The reality with football in the new millennium is that we have to get everything right. We’ll continue to talk to him and try to see if we can get something worked out.”
Millen was non-committal on Corey Harris, but it appears the jig is up for the veteran safety. “Corey Harris - I’ll wait a little bit. I want to talk to him. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk with him.”