Chaz Schilens, the ex-New York Jets receiver who voiced his frustration with the circus-like atmosphere of Gang Green, left behind Mark Sanchez and Co. for a quieter atmosphere in Detroit.

So the (concrete) jungle is behind Schilens, figuratively and now quite literally.

Schilens showed up to Lions camp with a humongous tattoo on his back of what appears to be a tiger on the prowl in a jungle. Paula Pasche of the Oakland Press got a photo of the new body art, which apparently took 24 hours to complete.

This is ... interesting:


Say what you will about Schilens' massive new tat, but at least it's not Robert Sacre's ugly (and massive) tattoo.

And there might be a good reason behind it.

Schilens was a draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2003 when he was a senior outfielder at Highland High School in suburban Phoenix.

But Schilens started his college career at San Diego State playing both sports but ended up concentrating on football.

A seventh-round pick of the Raiders in 2008, Schilens spent four seasons in Oakland before joining the Jets in 2012. He had 28 receptions for 289 yards and two touchdowns last season. The Lions wanted a receiver that could give them another outside threat to go along with Calvin Johnson, and based on early reports from camp, Schilens could be the answer.

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