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Lions sign three free agents

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (April 19, 2006) -- The Detroit Lions signed defensive tackles Damian Gregory and Cleveland Pinkney, and wide receiver Brett Fischer to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Gregory and Pinkney both played under Detroit's new head coach, Rod Marinelli, when he was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive line coach.

The 305-pound Gregory, an Ann Arbor native, is entering his fifth NFL season. He played at Indiana and Illinois State before joining Miami as an undrafted free agent in 2000.

Gregory was on the Dolphins' active roster for five games in 2001. He spent most of the 2002 season on the Cleveland's practice squad, seeing action in one game, and did not play in 2003. Gregory played in six games for Tampa Bay in 2004 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He did not play in 2005.

The 300-pound Pinkney played college ball at South Carolina and signed with Indianapolis as a rookie free agent. He played in five games for Tampa Bay in 2003, and in three games for Atlanta in 2004. Seattle released him at the end of the 2005 preseason.

Fischer spent part of the 2005 preseason with Kansas City, which signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri-Rolla following last year's NFL Draft.

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