Lions interest in Law worth noting

The visit of Ty Law to Detroit last week Tuesday -- and the team's continued strong interest -- has stirred up intrigue and debate among Lions fans regarding what role a healthy Law would possibly play. Analysis from inside from beat writer Mike Fowler

ALLEN PARK - The visit of Ty Law to Detroit last week Tuesday -- and the team's continued strong interest -- has stirred up intrigue and debate among Lions fans regarding what role a healthy Law would possibly play.

There is little question that when healthy, Ty Law is among the top five corners in the league. The former University of Michigan standout is a ferocious competitor and brings an attitude and swagger that the Lions haven't always possessed.

Currently, he is in the midst of visiting several teams that have expressed interest in his services, including Pittsburgh, Kansas City and the latest, the Miami Dolphins. He is recovering from a broken foot that caused him to miss six regular season games the playoffs and the Super Bowl. He also missed six games in 2001.

Then there was the nasty fued between Law and head coach Bill Billichick when the ten-year veteran claimed he was lied to by the coach. Law said he could not see himself playing for the Patriots again after they refused to negotiate with him on a long term extension.

"They said it's all about money," Law told the media at the time. "Well, it's not. The money is all relative. But after what happened, there's no amount of money the Patriots can offer me now that will want me to sign a new deal with them."

Law was rightfully concerned that the Patriots would cut him once he past the age of 30 and possessed a salary cap number of $10 and $12 million the last two years of the six-year contract he signed in 1999. He was correct. New England did exactly that this off-season, putting the Aliquippa, PA. native on the market.

Detroit has experienced injury problems of its own in the secondary. Last year, after acquiring veteran Fernando Bryant from Jacksonville via free agency, he promptly missed six game due to an ankle injury. 2003 Pro Bowl corner Dre' Bly also missed three games and took a while to return to his usual stellar form after returning.

The question the Lions have to consider is how much does Law have left after ten years in the league. Generally speaking, corners tend to slow down after age 30. Law, 31, apparently impressed the Lions enough that they have some interest.

Another consideration is what is would cost to sign him. Law's agent, Carl Poston, has indicated that he wont come in at a bargain-basement price. "Ty's going to get paid like he's supposed to get paid," Poston is quoted as saying in the media.

Playing in Michigan where he played his collegiate ball is not going to be much of a factor in any possible negotiations. When asked about coming back to Michigan the last time the Patriots played in Detroit, Law said "I'd played college ball here, man, but I'm from Pennsylvania."

While Dre' Bly is entrenched at one corner position, Bryant would face a considerable challenge from a healthy Law and his presence would be a factor to veteran backups Chris Cash and Andre Goodman, neither of whom have been impressive when getting playing time. On the other hand, second year pro Keith Smith has come on strong and this year's third round pick Stanley Wilson of Stanford is virtually guaranteed a roster spot.

While some have speculated that Law might be able to play move from his normal corner position to play safety, there is little question that his presence in Detroit would be an upgrade over the current situation. His presence would be a welcome one in the Lions secondary.

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