Presence of Brown Would Solidify Line

After signing six year journeyman guard David Loverne to a free agent contract, the Lions showed signs of getting serious about building a top notch offensive unit when they entertained eight time pro bowler Ruben Brown of the Buffalo Bills. But will they save their available cap room for something else?

(ALLEN PARK) - After signing six year journeyman guard David Loverne to a free agent contract, the Lions showed signs of getting serious about building a top notch offensive unit when they entertained eight time pro bowler Ruben Brown of the Buffalo Bills.

Brown was released by Buffalo after becoming a very vocal critic of the direction the franchise was heading and was deactivated for the Bills last game ala Keyshawn Johnson.

Still, Brown has a lot left in the tank and would team with emerging star Stockar McDougle to give Detroit one of the top offensive lines in football if he is signed.

Detroit will have competition for Brown's services as the Chicago Bears have invited Brown back to Halas Hall for contract negotiations and one other team, thought to be the Atlanta Falcons have expressed interest in the veteran lineman.

Imagine the possiblities for the Lions running game with former first round pick Jeff Backus and Damien Woody on the left side and Brown with McDougle on the right side.

If center Dominic Raiola could step up his play and use his athleticism the way the Lions envisioned when they drafted him in the second round of the 2000 NFL draft, Detroit could revive their run game and enable Joey Harrington to look down the field more for new target Tai Streets, Charles Rogers and Az Hakim.

Detroit still has nearly $9 million in cap room so they have plenty of room to manuever but are said to be putting some of that money in their hip pocket to prepare to sign McDougle and Backus to new long term deals.

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