According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions will not be in the bidding war for free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Despite the fact that the Lions have an obvious need at the cornerback position Asomugha could command up to $18 million per year and that price would be “too expensive” according to a team source. The source also stated that the Lions are still looking to add a number one cornerback if the price is right, and atop the wish list is Antonio Cromartie, Jonathon Joseph or Ike Taylor.
In other Lions news, Matthew Stafford was interviewed by NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano on his offseason rehab and his projected value in fantasy football. Fabiano asked Stafford why owners should trust him to be a number one quarterback in fantasy football next season.
Stafford: That’s my number one question asked, should they pick me up in fantasy. … I’m going to play all 16 [games], I’ve got Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew. I’m throwing the ball to Jahvid Best and Leshoure out of the backfield. I feel there is going to be a lot of points put up.
Not only should Lions fans be happy about the news that the offense should be explosive according the the man behind the helm, but that Stafford expects to be ready and playing every game this season.
Speaking of a new season, it appears that the NFL and the NFLPA are very close to reaching a deal in the labor situation. Over the weekend a few major hurdles were cleared in negotiations including the rookie wage scale and the owners dropping the demand for the ‘right of first refusal’ in free agency this year. The right of first refusal being the ability for a players former team to get the option to match any contract signed. Currently, both sides are trying to consolidate all of the anti-trust lawsuits into one settlement before the NFLPA votes to ratify the new 10-year CBA.