Detroit Lining Up To Make Late Run At Free-Agents

Now that all the players are back in the office, the Lions will get to work in earnest to try to fix what ails them. Lions' insider Mike Fowler lists several visits the ball club will host in the coming days ...

ALLEN PARK - Now that all the players are back in the office, the Lions will get to work in earnest to try to fix what ails them.

First order of business is Denver strong safety Kenoy Kennedy. Kennedy stuck to his word and is in Detroit this morning to visit with the Lions.

If all goes well, Detroit could have his signature on a contract by this evening. Kennedy was the Lions #1 priority in free agency as they desperately need to fix their situation at safety. If not, they have a backup plan.

Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius has been given permission to arrange a trade and what is known is that he views Detroit as a destination of choice. An acquisition of Darius would like involve draft picks, something Lions GM Matt Millen hates giving up.

Next, the Lions will move to "Plan B" in addressing the quarterback situation. Detroit believed that Kurt Warner would be willing to play the role of devoted backup to starter Joey Harrington, but when Dennis Green offered Warner a shot at starting and $4 million in base salary on a one-year deal, it was too much to pass up. Warner will likely start on opening day in Arizona, a situation that for some reason, was not available to him in Detroit.

That means Brad Johnson is now the most likely candidate to replace Mike McMahon as Joey Harrington's backup. Lions GM Matt Millen seems less than enamored with former Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia than coach Steve Mariucci.

Next, Detroit will address the offensive line situation. Free agent guard Rick DeMulling will visit along with his former teammate Marcus Pollard of the Indianapolis Colts. DeMulling is a talented young player, entering his fifth season in the league and would be a solid pick to grow with an emerging young offensive line. If Pollard signs with the Lions, that would likely mean the end of Stephen Alexander's chances of returning to Detroit. Pollard's agent says teams will have to compete for Pollard's services.

"We've been contacted by personnel people from over half the teams in the league," said Pollard's agent, Glenn Schwartzman. "But we're not in a rush to get something done. Marcus wants to make sure it's with the right team in the right financial range."

It appears the chances of Stockar McDougle returning to the Lions have increased with a number of highly rated offensive tackles signing long term deals around the league. McDougle is the highest rated free agent tackle still available if the Lions want him back. It appears only the Carolina Panthers have been seriously interested in McDougle so far.

Detroit would also like to add a veteran wide receiver to replace Tai Streets who will not return. Detroit may get a visit from Travis Taylor of Baltimore and Cory Bradford of Houston. It appears the team is not interested in former Michigan State and Pittsburgh Steelers standout Plaxico Burress.

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