Right Now Trade Talks Are Dead

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Justin Vanfulpen - LionsFans.com

PONTIAC -- Currently, the trade talks between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns for quarterback Ty Detmer are dead.

The Browns want a fourth or fifth round draft choice for him and that is too high of a price for Detroit to pay. Detmer is battling Kelly Holcomb for the backup quarterback job, and with Tim Couch, Holcomb, Detmer and Spergon Wynn, the Browns have four solid quarterbacks, and will have to cut one of them.

Jim Harbaugh, the Lions' top backup QB, has not picked up the West Coast offense like the coaches would like and that is Detmer's specialty.

"Talks have been going on since the first couple of weeks I was here,” said head coach Marty Mornhinweg about Detmer. “We've talked to half of the NFL football teams about 20 different players. That goes on all the time."

With the players the Lions do have the roster, the entire squad had a horrible game last Saturday against Pittsburgh. But Mornhinweg is not overly concerned about that.

“We've all seen games like that, especially in preseason, so the concern level probably isn't as high as you might think," Mornhinweg said. "But some things happened -- it's not the yards or the score -- it's what happens on each particular play. There were a few things that happened during that game that is a concern, but it is correctable."

Mornhinweg was not happy with the play of quarterback Charlie Batch and the rest of the team.

"You're looking for a high level of consistent play and we didn't get that. To be quite frank, it was the whole offense, it wasn't all Charlie. Charlie certainly had a big part in it because, in this offense, a lot of it falls on the quarterback's shoulders. But everybody was involved in that."

Thursday, the Lions play their final pre-season game at the Silverdome against the Tennessee Titans, and the Lions should see the return of wide receiver Herman Moore and tight end David Sloan, who may both see their first action of the pre-season. Wide receiver Germane Crowell returned to practice today, but won’t play Thursday, but will be ready when the regular season opens September 9 at Green Bay. Safety Ron Rice also won’t play Thursday because of a turf toe injury but will be starting against the Packers.

One player that now looks like he won’t play against the Packers is cornerback Bryant Westbrook, who is still recovering from Achilles' tendon surgery.

"We can't wait to get him back, he'll help this football team when he gets back, no question. But even when he's 100 percent ready to play, there's going to be some time between that point and when he actually plays in a game -- just to make darn sure,” said Mornhinweg.

He will likely be on the 53-man roster when the season opens, but might not play at least until the home opener against Dallas, or possibly against Cleveland in week 3 of the season.

To get in contact with Justin VanFulpen email him at justin@lionsfans.com


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