It's not a good sign when -- one game into the season -- a team finds itself scrambling through the free agent lists in search of help for its defensive secondary.
Was it an oversight by team president Matt Millen, going to training camp without enough able-bodied cornerbacks? Or is the kind of thing that happens to a struggling team on a regular basis in the NFL?
Perhaps a little of both.
The Lions felt they had fortified the position by signing Dre' Bly as a starter and Watson as a backup, with Cash as the other starting CB, and Andre Goodman and Jimmy Wyrick in reserve. In addition, they drafted a corner -- Blue Adams -- in the seventh round.
The loss of Cash and Watson -- compounded by a subpar performance by Bly, Goodman and Wyrick in the season opener -- sent Millen scrambling. He signed 37-year-old Otis Smith last week, seven-year veteran Alex Molden and rookie Roderick Babers this week. Adams was released and later signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Smith and Molden are likely to get playing time at Green Bay where QB Brett Favre traditionally makes life miserable for Lions CBs, although the injuries to WRs Donald Driver and Robert Ferguson will make his job tougher.
The Lions tried on more than one occasion to sign wide receiver Antonio Freeman dating all the way back to the 2002 season. They were -- and still are -- looking for a physical receiver capable of taking punishment going over the middle but Freeman was looking for a situation where he would be a No. 1 or 2 receiver, assured of starting.