Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Lions re-sign Saipaia

Obviously Mike Martz had some influence in this signing:
Allen Park, Mich. - The Detroit Lions announced today that they have re-signed G Blaine Saipaia to a two-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.

Saipaia (6-3, 315) joined the Lions during the 2006 season (Sept. 26), playing in six games with four starts. He made his first start for Detroit vs. Buffalo (10/15) and helped the offensive line pave the way for RB Kevin Jones' first 100-yard game of the season (127 yards). Saipaia was placed on the reserve/injured list December 12 after re-aggravating a chest injury against Minnesota (12/10).

Before coming to Detroit, Saipaia spent the 2006 preseason with the St. Louis Rams where he had played the previous two seasons (2004-05). He played in nine games for the Rams in 2005 and started three (two at RT, one at TE). Saipaia entered the NFL in 2000, finishing that season on the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

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