Will They Be Lions? Release Date Looms

One excelled in Maize-and-Blue, the other in EMU's Green-and-White and one or both along with a handful of other players likely to be released next Wednesday could end up excelling in Honolulu Blue and Silver. Lions' Mike Fowler provides the line on who is and isn't likely to join Detroit.

ALLEN PARK - One excelled in Maize-and-Blue, the other in EMU's Green-and-White and one or both along with a handful of other players likely to be released next Wednesday could end up excelling in Honolulu Blue and Silver.

The Detroit Lions have made no secret about their interest in former Patriots corner Ty Law, the former UM standout and Pennsylvania native would add a toughness - both mentally and physically to a Lions secondary that hasn't always shown it has teeth.

Despite his age, 31, the biggest concern with Law is his health. He suffered a broken foot that forced him to miss the last six games of the regular season, the playoffs and the Super Bowl. After contentious negotiations with the Patriots front office and head coach Bill Billichick, New England decided Law was better off elsewhere.
CHANCE OF LANDING IN DETROIT: 50%

A similar situation existed in Arizona, where starting offensive tackle and former first round pick L.J. Shelton, son of former NBA player Lonnie Shelton was released from the Cardinals recently.

Coach Dennis Green never warmed up to Shelton, 6-foot-6, 335-pounds, who was benched and then released. Just 27, and having spent four years in the NFL, he fits the profile of players Detroit has looked at in the past and would likely welcome a return to the area. Shelton has already visited Houston, Chicago and Kansas City but so far, hasn't gotten a call from the Lions.
CHANCE OF LANDING IN DETROIT: 30%

Safety Lance Schulters appears headed for the skids after losing his starting job to former Washington State standout Lamont Thompson, but it appears that the salary cap, not performance issues are the main reasons he could be let go. Schulters, who will turn 30 on Friday, will count over four million against cap strapped Tennessee's books.

Schulters was not happy to learn that the Titans have all but penciled Thompson into his free safety position and incensed that he was held out of the team's recent minicamp. "I could play strong, but I can't give [Thompson] my spot. They can't give him my spot. They're going to have to make him earn my spot," Schulters said. "Nothing against him, but if that's where I'm best at, that's where I'm going to be playing."

Not likely, since Thompson is a younger and cheaper option.

The Lions like their pair of starting safeties, Kenoy Kennedy and Terrence Holt, but there isn't much depth and Schulters has shown the ability to play both the free and the strong safety positions.
CHANCE OF LANDING IN DETROIT: 30%

R.W. McQuarters wore out his welcome in fiery GM Jerry Angelo's den in Chicago, after local Chicago televisions stations aired footage of he and head coach Lovie Smith in a heated argument that resulted in his being kicked off the practice field. However, McQuarters does still retain value on the open market.

A fiesty competitor, McQuarters would likely be a fall back choice if they can't come to terms with Law. Lions' President and General Manager Matt MIllen is on record as saying that "you can never have too many [corners]." McQuarters would likely be cheaper than Law and has the ability to return kicks - a plus, since Detroit's pro bowl return man Eddie Drummond missed part of the '04 season due to injury.
CHANCE OF LANDING IN DETROIT 20%

Millen has done an excellent job with his free agent acquisitions this year and had a solid draft. Detroit really could stand pat with the roster they have, but Millen doesn't appear to want to leave any stones unturned, and who could blame him? After failing to post a winning season in his tenure in Detroit, he has his best chance to win the division and get into contention for a playoff run. Why not add to the talent pool by cherry picking the best free agents available?

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