The Lions have been relatively quiet in free agency so far this year, other than giving Calvin Johnson the richest contract in NFL history, but some players are starting to come to Allen Park for visits. Among the players expected to come are WR/KR Ted Ginn Jr., formerly of the 49ers, CB Jacob Lacy, Colts, and RT Eric Winston from the Texans.
Today, LT Marcus McNeill from the Chargers is scheduled to visit. McNeill is a two-time Pro Bowler and in his rookie season finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting, a remarkable achievement for an offensive lineman. He has had some injury issues of late as he has only played in 20 games the past two seasons, but when healthy he is a remarkable talent.
Bringing in a tackle from both sides makes me think the team is not interested in bringing back free agent LT Jeff Backus and is concerned about the development of RT Gosder Cherilus.
As for the Lions other free agent of concern, Stephen Tulloch, Dave Birkett of the Free Press says that the two sides haven’t made any progress through three days of free agency. Birkett says that Tulloch is looking for a deal bigger than the five-year $42.5-million deal the Cleveland Browns gave to D’Qwell Jackson.
So far this free agent period the deals for linebackers has been slow with the only backer of mention, Dan Connor, signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Tulloch is considered to be one of, if not the best of the free agent linebackers on the market.