Cornelius Lucas was thought of as a possible fill-in at right tackle for several NFL teams.
Now Lucas could be thought of that way with the Chicago Bears.
Lucas, an undrafted free agent from Kansas State who is 6-foot-9, 328 pounds, was signed on Wednesday to a Bears futures contract.
Lucas was with Detroit from 2014-16, the Rams in 2017 and this past season with the Saints.
The Saints signed him when they cut Derek Newton, then cut him when they signed defensive back Josh Robinson back to the roster just before the playoffs this season.
Lucas had one game started and played with the Saints in 2018, and also with the Rams in 2017. He was in 35 games for the Lions with six starts between 2014-16, but struggled at times with speed rushers.
The Bears could be losing starting right tackle Bobby Massie in free agency. He is an unrestricted free agent and is coming off his best season since coming to Chicago.
Bradley Sowell and Rashaad Coward are the backup tackles. Coward has been in only one game in two seasons. Sowell had three starts and has been in every game since he came to the Bears to start the 2017 season. He also scored a touchdown this season on a tackle-eligible play against the Rams in a 15-6 win.
Coward is an exclusive rights free agent, so he essentially will be tied to the Bears. Sowell is under contract for next season.