As the second wave of free agency begins, the rumor mill continues to churn for the Detroit Lions, who are still in need of a few pieces to round out their roster prior to the draft.
Stunningly, a classic NFC North rival in Brian Urlacher has become available and Detroit has a sudden need at linebacker. Could this become a match made in heaven? Detroit Lions Links debates this, in addition to presenting a few other issues from free agency and the draft.
- The buzz was started by Nate Davis of USA Today, who included the Lions in his eight team synopsis of rosters which could be in need of a performer like Urlacher. Davis says in Detroit, Urlacher would probably have to move outside, which might not be terrible given his coverage skills. More than that, the Lions might value his knowledge of the division and his desire to stick it to the Bears. —USA Today via Detroit Free Press
- Mike O'Hara of DetroitLions.com disagrees. O'Hara doesn't think that Urlacher will be a difference maker in 2013 based on his age and injury history. Besides, as O'Hara argues, there hasn't been a credible source linking the Lions to the former Chicago Bears' star. —DetroitLions.com
- Chris McCosky, in a blog for the Detroit News, adds in his two cents on Urlacher. Apparently, he's not fan of even discussing the notion of the Lions signing away the Bears' star. —Detroit News
- Regardless of if Urlacher becomes the eventual replacement or not, it's clear the Lions are searching for new options at linebacker. Sack master Jarvis Jones, one of the draft's expected top choices, has scheduled a pre-draft visit in Detroit. —Detroit Free Press
- If reviews from the Texans and Ravens head coaches are any indication, Glover Quin might be Detroit's best free agent signing in a long time. As McCosky reports, both Gary Kubiak and John Harbaugh took time to praise Quin this week and talk about what makes his game so special. —Detroit News
- A few final free agency notes which are somewhat new. The Lions are interested in guard Brandon Moore, formally of the New York Jets, and Moore has scheduled an upcoming visit in Detroit after failing to work out a deal with the Miami Dolphins. Detroit is also interested in former San Diego Charger defensive tackle Vaughn Martin. —Mlive.com
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