(ALLEN PARK) - After adding Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson to the roster yesterday
as we told you here on Friday, Lions president Matt Millen is looking squarely
at a chance to add a prime-time playmaker to the Detroit roster.
Philadelphia running back Duce Staley will be dealt away from the Eagles after "burning his bridges" according to a team source. Millen is being just as coy regarding Staley as he was before signing Wilkinson, but his mind must light up with thoughts of Staley jump starting the team's sputtering offensive output.
Philadelphia officials are adamant that Staley first report to training camp before they will entertain trade offers. But yesterday, Staley's agent, Mark Harrison met with head coach Andy Reid and brokered a conversation between the two parties on the telephone.
Harrison wants to see Staley moved by the end of the week.
The Chicago Bears appear to be the front runner since they have more available cap room than the Lions, but Detroit runs the same West Coast offense that Staley has become accustomed to in Philadelphia. Any team acquiring the shifty back will have to negotiate a contract extension because the seven-year veteran has only the 2003 season remaining on his deal at $2.2 million.
Detroit is perceived by some players as an "up-and-comer" since signing on Steve Mariucci as its head coach. Staley may actually prefer Detroit to Chicago because of Mariucci and the West Coast scheme.
Millen admitted yesterday thoughts of Staley are on his mind. Saying that you "always take a look" at a player of Staley's caliber. While this may not yet be on the front burner, in these kinds of negotiations, things have a way of heating up quickly.