ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have parted ways with cornerback Bill Bentley. The move, first reported by the Detroit Free Press, came just hours after the team completed its mandatory minicamp.
A third-round draft pick in 2012 out of Louisiana-Lafayette, Bentley struggled through multiple injuries during his three-year stint with the Lions. He missed time with shoulder and concussion issues as a rookie and tore his ACL in Week 1 last season.
With Bentley waived and out of the picture, the Lions’ crowded nickelback competition cleared up a bit. Veteran Josh Wilson and rookie Quandre Diggs handled the majority of the workload during minicamp and it’s expected Nevin Lawson, a fourth-round pick last season, will get a shot once he’s completely cleared from last year’s season-ending foot injury.
In total, Bentley appeared in 18 games for the Lions, starting eight. He recorded 33 tackles, five pass breakups and zero interceptions. His release leaves four players on the roster from the team’s 2012 draft class — starting left tackle Riley Reiff, linebackers Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis and wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who will be competing for a limited number of jobs during training camp.