ALLEN PARK - Once Kevin Johnson signed as a free agent with Detroit, it was only a matter of time until unproductive and oft-injured receiver Az-Zahir Hakim was released. And with touchdown catches flying over his head like geese flying south for the winter, it was the end of the line in Detroit and maybe for a career for Brock Marion.
The Lions released both players to make room for younger, more productive players. Detroit will start former sixth-round pick Terrence Holt at the free safety position opposite newly acquired Kenoy Kennedy. Holt has shown a knack for getting to the ball in limited playing time, but now, in his third season, he'll be counted on to start fulltime.
After adding first round pick Mike Williams of USC to the fold, it was clear there was no more room for Hakim, who was a bust as Matt Millen's first big-time free agent signing. Hakim was expected to give the Lions a productive slot receiving target, but instead spent a lot of time recovering from injuries including a severe hip injury that he never seemed to fully recover from.
Hakim also was under fire for dropping footballs. According to Millen, the Lions coaching staff's film study revealed over 50 dropped passes by their receiving corps. The statistical firm Scouts, Inc rated the Lions with 36 dropped balls. While there was enough blame to go around, Hakim came over from St. Louis with a reputation for playing dropsy. Departed tight end Stephen Alexander was also viewed as a player who played 'hot-potato' with the football. Both are gone.
CAMP FODDER: The Lions signed seven undrafted free agents in preparation for this weekend's post draft minicamp. Detroit signed Michigan State tight end Jason Randall, BYU quarterback Todd Mortensen, Minnesota WR Paris Hamilton, Texas El-Paso running back Howard Jackson, Eastern Michigan offensive tackle Tom Kaleita, Utah WR Steve Savoy and Penn State safety Andrew Guman. Jackson has a shot to stick as a punt returner.
GLENN IN LIONS FUTURE? Don't expect Detroit to have much interest in Texans' corner Aaron Glenn who is expected to be released in the next day or two. Detroit had interest in former Titans corner Andre Dyson, but wasn't going to get into a bidding war with the Seahawks, who gave Dyson a shocking five-year $17.5 million contract with a $3 million signing bonus and another $3 million guaranteed.
Glenn, entering his eleventh season doesn't fit the preferred Lions profile of young, fast and productive.
Lions Release Marion, Hakim; Sign Several UDFA's
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