Porcher meeting with Millen, Mariucci today

Veteran Lions great likely to retire rather than be a distraction. More inside.

(ALLEN PARK) - Robert Porcher and the Detroit Lions apparently have decided to end a situation that is close to becoming a destraction.

Lions management and Porcher are meeting today to resolve the simmering situation that had the defensive end close to the boiling point in the last week or two.

All signs point to an amicable ending to the 12-year career of this classy veteran who doesn't want to end his career with a 16-game inactive streak.

Porcher is meeting with Lions president Matt Millen, assistant GM Martin Mayhew and head coach Steve Mariucci to bring the situation to resolution.

A player of Porcher's stature deserves a formal sendoff and perhaps a position in the Lions front office. If would not be out of the realm of possiblity for Detroit to create a position for the former South Carolina standout.

Likely Lions management wants to avoid an "Emmitt Smith" type situation where a lifelong Lions player catches on with another team. Porcher has enough left that a contender like Baltimore, division rival Minnesota, Philadelphia or even his hometown team Carolina might decide to sign him to a pro-rated contract.

Look for an announcement as early as later today

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