(ALLEN PARK) - Lions president and general manager Matt Millen flatly denied talk of a swap with the Jacksonville Jaguars that had been bandied about by ESPN senior correspondent John Clayton.
Clayton had reported that the Jaguars, desperate to unload the two-time pro bowl alternate due to disciplinary problems, had offered him to Detroit in exchange for a swap of number one picks.
Detroit would move down to Jacksonville's 9th selection, while Jacksonville would pick 6th overall.
According to Clayton, Jacksonville reportedly would be willing to give their second round pick instead of Darius if the Lions preferred.
Millen, while saying he has had no conversations with Jacksonville, acknowledged that Darius was a special player and a tremendous talent.
Millen also said that Detroit hadn't really received any firm offers for their 6th overall pick and didn't expect to receive any until they were actually "on the clock."
He did, however, confirm that he had had "conversations" with a number of teams and that Detroit would not rule out "any possibility" right up until they made a selection or a trade on Saturday.
Millen's remarks came in a joint press conference held at the Lions Allen Park headquarters in conjunction with the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
Detroit is believed to have had "conversations" with the Pittsburgh Steelers who are pursuing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of Miami, OH.
Roethlisberger is generally viewed as the second most talented quarterback in this year's draft behind Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning, son of legendary Saints signal caller Archie Manning and brother of Indianapolis Colts standout quarterback Peyton Manning.
Pittsburgh is said to be willing to give up their second round pick for the rights to move up in the first round, but the Jacksonville trade offer would likely be more appealing to Detroit.
Millen Denies talk of Jacksonville Offer
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