(ALLEN PARK) - The news that Pete Kendall had been released by the Arizona Cardinals raised a few eyebrows around the Detroit Lions Allen Park headquarters. After all, Kendall had signed a five-year bonus laden contract with the Cardinals a few years ago after being pursued by the Lions, among other teams after becoming a free agent from the Seattle Seahawks.
Detroit had just lost guard Jeff Hartings to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kendall was one of their main options as a replacement.
But new head coach Dennis Green decided he no longer needed Kendall's services and released the former Pro Bowler. Detroit Lions' president Matt Millen acknowledged that he was interested in acquiring Kendall to join Detroit's offensive line.
"Yeah, I'd have interest in him, absolutely," said Millen. "He's a good player. We had him in here a couple of years ago. I think anytime we can upgrade and help our roster I think we'll try it."
Millen said that he had already spoken to the former pro bowl guard on the phone, but that he didn't appear ready to make a decision on his next career move.
"I may have talked to him already," joked Millen. "I think I may have. Yeah, I talked to him this morning, I woke him up."
When asked if a visit from Kendall was imminent, Millen said "no, not right now."
But he quickly added that Detroit planned to bring the 6-foot-5, 295-pound guard to Detroit for a visit in the near future. "Yeah, I'd like to. I'd like to bring him in; I'm very interested in him and see where that goes."
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