(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions may be the hardest working front office in the NFL. Yesterday, just two days after hauling in eleven players in the NFL draft and a day after signing seventeen more undrafted free agents, the Lions hosted former Chicago Bear wide receiver Marcus Robinson.
The Detroit brass has long eyed Robinson as a veteran receiver who could add something to their West Coast offense. Robinson caught 84 balls for 1,400 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2002 but had his season cut short by a knee injury. Whether or not they have enough interest in him to actually sign him to a deal is unknown. One thing is for sure, Robinson will have to be 100% before Detroit will take a chance on him.
Robinson, who reportedly prefers the West Coast has already visited San Francisco, Oakland and Arizona prior to visiting Detroit. After having a visit with the 49ers, Robinson, when asked where he stood with the team, answered "no where."
Meanwhile, word on the west coast is that veteran J.J. Stokes will be released by the San Francisco 49ers on June 1 due to cap considerations. Stokes, who once appeared to have a bright future as the "X" receiver to Terrell Owens' "Z" is now history as Tai Streets appears to have moved into his role.
Stokes has been excused from the Niners weekend minicamp to continue exploring a trade. Teams aren't likely to deal because they would assume Stokes contract and they could likely get him for less after he is released in just over a month.
Detroit would probably look favorably on a player like Stokes who has a ton of experience in the WCO. They earlier tried to make a deal for Streets, another San Francisco receiver, offering a 5th and an undisclosed player but the 49ers held out for a second round pick.
Detroit instead nabbed Michigan State All-american Charles Rogers in round one of the NFL Draft and added Grand Valley State Division II standout David Kircus in round six and Memphis star Travis Anglin in round seven to supplement their receiving corps.