Lions getting close on Plummer, Woody longshot

Plummer's talk have escalated to the point that either a deal is going to get reached today or tomorrow, or they will likely break off. Miami is also the next suitor in line for Plummer's services with Cincinnati and the New York Jets also in the mix.

(ALLEN PARK) Sources close to the Lions are telling Lionsfans.com that Detroit is getting close to an agreement with free agent cornerback Ahmed Plummer, but that their chances of signing Damien Woody, have been setback due to promises the center/guard, formerly of the New England Patriots, is getting from the Miami Dolphins who are trying to entice him not to sign with Detroit before visiting South Florida.

Sources say that Woody is asking for a contract that is close than the one that was signed yesterday by former Miami Dolphins tackle Todd Wade.

Wade signed a mammoth $25 million deal with a $10 million signing bonus. Last year, Woody turned down a contract extension that included a $6.6 million bonus. Sources say that Woody wants a bonus in the neighborhood of $7.5-8 million.

That may be too rich for Detroit's blood, even for a lineman of Woody's caliber. Interior linemen usually do not command that type of upfront money, especially at the guard position.

Sources in South Florida say that the Dolphins, stung by the loss of Wade, are prepared to offer Woody "the largest signing bonus ever given to an interior lineman."

If that is true, Detroit would likely move on.

Other players who are young and could fill the need are still available including Jeno James, an outstanding young guard formerly with the Carolina Panthers and Cosey Coleman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. James visited Miami yesterday, but left without a deal. Coleman will visit Miami over the weekend.

In addition, Ron Stone of the 49ers is talking with the Oakland Raiders but nothing appears imminent. Eight-time pro bowl guard Ruben Brown, who might have lost a step, is better than anything Detroit currently has at the position.

Plummer's talk have escalated to the point that either a deal is going to get reached today or tomorrow, or they will likely break off. Miami is also the next suitor in line for Plummer's services with Cincinnati and the New York Jets also in the mix.

Plummer is asking for a signing bonus equal to that of Dre' Bly's $6.5 million, while Detroit is said to be offering something in that neighborhood less than they gave Bly. If struck, the deal will likely be for five to seven years to spread the impact of the bonus over several years.


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