Lions talks for Bailey still on Millen confirms

As we told you here on Friday the 13th, the Detroit Lions were in detailed talks with the Washington Redskins in an attempt to acquire the services of four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey. Lions President and CEO Matt Millen confirmed that Detroit is interested in acquiring the services of Bailey.

(ALLEN PARK) - As we told you here on Friday the 13th, the Detroit Lions were in detailed talks with the Washington Redskins in an attempt to acquire the services of four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey. Lions President and CEO Matt Millen confirmed that Detroit is interested in acquiring the services of Bailey.

"If they want to talk, we'll gladly listen," Millen told the Detroit Free Press. "And who knows where it goes? But, yeah, we'd be interested."

The Redskins have decided to allow Bailey to go to another team rather than deal with the tremendous cap number signing him would generate.

The Lions, on the other hand, are thrilled with the possibility of teaming Champ and Boss Bailey, their starting strong side linebacker, on the same defensive squad.

Detroit feels that pairing Bailey with Pro Bowl corner Dre' Bly would give them the best set of corners in the NFL.

"He's as good a player as it gets," Millen said. "He's young, he's talented, he's got character. He's a lot of things. He's also expensive. There's a lot more to it than just, `Hey, let's go get a good player.' "

One thing that has made the Lions pause for thought are the demands of the Redskins. Washington has asked for Detroit's 1st and 2nd round picks and future considerations including a player.

Detroit has countered with an initial offer of two second round picks for the four-year veteran from the University of Georgia.

Detroit has also made it known they would be willing to give up their #6 pick overall for Bailey and throw in a player from a group including running back James Stewart, defensive tackle Luther Elliss and tight end Mikhael Ricks.

The thing the Lions have to decide is would they be better off keeping their draft picks and grabbing a young, but experienced player like Sean Taylor, an outstanding safety prospect from Miami?

If they did that, rather than trading for Bailey, they could try to solidify the corner position by pursuing their second option, free agent corner Ahmed Plummer, who is sure to be one of the most highly sought after players on the free agent market.

The team also needs to be careful not to risk alienating Boss Bailey, one of the team's brightest young stars. If Detroit only gives lip service to trying to acquire his brother, Bailey might feel the only way to be reunited with Champ would be to leave Detroit.

Even with Washington's steep demands, look for Detroit to hang in on negotiations to try to get the deal done. If they can get Washington to bite at the #1 pick and a player it would help alleviate the 'Skins cap problems and give Washington the 5th and 6th picks overall.

Detroit would have the two best corners in football and still keep the 5th pick in the second round allowing them to address either the running back, defensive or offensive line positions, a win for both teams.

Rumor site Profootballtalk.com claimed that the Kansas City Chiefs were close to announcing a deal for Bailey. However sources close to the team said the Chiefs were more interested in Patriots corner Ty Law and were not interested in trading draft picks. Also, Detroit's #5 overall pick would be much more attractive to the Redskins than the Chiefs' 30th overall pick.


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