Rumor Control: Warner Unlikely, Alexander Likely

The latest two bits of juicy rumors floating across message boards were given life by respected NFL columnists. Lions' insider Mike Fowler dissects two rumors that have attached themselves to the Detroit franchise, along with his analysis.

(ALLEN PARK) - The latest two bits of juicy rumors floating across message boards were given life by respected NFL columnists.

ESPN's Len Pasquarelli and Fox Sports columnist John Czarnecki added fuel to the fire for a couple of different scenarios coming to fruition in Motown.

Pasquarelli had the Lions adding former Chargers tight end Stephen Alexander within a few days, while Czarnecki wondered if Warner would be better off in Detroit.

The latter lit a firestorm of conversation in Lions related message boards as fans went from one extreme to the other.

Some fans were saying that Rams' QB Kurt Warner and his agent Mark Bartelstein had actually been sighted at Detroit Metro Airport. Other saying that Warner was a washed up bum that Detroit wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.

What is the truth? It doesn't appear that the Lions want or are going to get a visit from Warner, who is expected to be released sometime after June 1 from the St. Louis Roster.

The two time league MVP appears headed to New York where he will start initially, ahead of number one overall pick Eli Manning, who will eventually take over the reigns in Gotham City, maybe even this season.

Warner, who would be a better fit in Detroit than Kerry Collins (favored by some media types), who would disrupt Detroit's harmonious locker room.

Also, if he doesn't sign with New York, which appears likely, Tennessee and Green Bay are also possibilities for the former Arena league star.

Any reserve quarterback coming to Detroit would likely be the last straw for Mike McMahon, who is already upset that he isn't going to get to go mano-a-mano with incumbent Joey Harrington who isn't setting the world on fire.

Unless Detroit is convinced that McMahon is out of here at the end of the 2004 season, there's no way they'd consider bringing in Warner.

In fact, Detroit would have to figure that Harrington is also 'kaput' to bring in a player who doesn't have years to wait sitting on the bench behind a developing young QB.

On the other hand, Alexander's presence makes sense. Detroit needs an experienced productive tight end. They missed out on Ben Watson, grabbed by the Patriots at the end of round one of the last month's NFL draft.

With only undrafted free agent Casey FitzSimmons, who grabbed the starting position away from the returning, oft-injured Mikhael Ricks in their lineup, Detroit needs a beefy tight end who can run, block and catch the football.

This one bears watching.

Of course, it isn't the blockbuster, sexy move that fans like to talk about, but it is a solid one nonetheless.

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