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By: Justin VanFulpen Columnist

PONTIAC- New defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer will have much more control then most defensive coordinators around the league, since Head Coach Marty Mornhinweg will be working with the offense, and Schottenheimer will not have many restrictions from Mornhinweg in how he runs the defense.

- Lion’s president Matt Millen would like to find a "shut-down" cornerback that he can rely on in the off-season and there is some thought that Bryant Westbrook will not make it back from Achilles' tendon surgery he had in 2000. But the team is hoping that he does and is already talking to his agent about doing a one or two year contract at a lower base salary with a lot of incentives.

- There are a couple of free-agent cornerbacks that the Lions are looking at in the off-season, one is Duane Starks, from the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are over the cap big time and it looks like they will allow Starks to get away from them in the free-agent market. Some other unrestricted cornerbacks that the Lions will be looking at come March 1st, if they don’t re-sign with their own team before then are: Corey Chavous and Tommy Knight from Arizona, Walt Harris from Chicago, Artrell Hawkins from Cincinnati, Brian Kelly from Tampa Bay, Eric Warfield from Kansas City, and Fred Weary from New Orleans.

- There is an outside chance that if the Lions don’t resign Westbrook or any other free-agent cornerbacks that they will draft either Quentin Jammer from Texas or Phillip Buchanon from Miami in the top half of the first round of the draft. They would have to trade down from the third overall pick because neither of these players is worth the number three pick in the draft. There also is a chance that the Lions could draft a corner in the second round with the 35th pick.

- There is some rumors going around that the Houston Texans will bring in Lions free safety Kurt Schulz for a physical and there is a chance that they could draft him in the expansion draft on February 18, but that is if he does pass his physical and they could move him to strong safety.

- The Detroit Lions management is very high on safety Roy Williams of Oklahoma, but they don’t want to use the third pick on him and want to trade down to get him, plus add some more draft picks. The Lions have talked to all the teams in the top 10 about trading down, and there is some interest from a few teams like, Buffalo, San Diego, Jacksonville, and Cincinnati. Dallas and Minnesota might have a interest if the player they want is on the broad when the Lions draft.

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