ALLEN PARK - As the Lions enter today's second session of a two-week minicamp, Lions head coach Steve Mariucci indicated that the team will have a close eye on the waiver wire to see if they can improve their roster.
"What happens is we look at the waiver wire every day and there has been activity over the last month," said Mariucci. "However, [on] June 1st, there is a deadline there where you can waive a guy and some of the salary cap count will be pushed to next season. So that's why it's a busy cut day."
He indicated that Detroit will look to see if they can add a player or two. Will the team be looking to increase depth at the safety or tackle positions, especially if a player like Tennessee's Lance Schulters or a tackle like Tampa's Todd Stussie is released?
"We will comb the waiver wire to see who's available at any position, OK? At any position to see if we have a need or the cap room or the desire to pursue somebody. So we'll take a look at it," said Mariucci.
The coach indicated that the team considers a number of factors before making a move on any player that might find himself on the waiver wire.
"You just really have to make a decision and say these three or four guys are interesting guys to consider having on the team. What is our need? Where is our cap situation? What is the cost? What's the competition and then you go from there to make those decisions."
Mariucci says while they have an idea that certain players might be come free on June 1st, sometimes teams hold on a little longer, perhaps hoping to try to get some compensation rather than just releasing a player outright.
"Sometimes you don't know. Sometimes guys aren't waived until the summer or August. We picked up "Big Daddy" in August, I think a couple of years ago. So that's when it begins, June 1, and then some of these guys that are out there will take trips and it's free agency all over again.
For their part, Detroit doesn't have any plans to release any of their players today, but Mariucci said that could change.
"There's always a chance that we'll make a decision and a move, but right now we have nothing planned for tonight, unless we discuss something this afternoon. Right now we're happy with the guys we have. They're practicing hard and I don't anticipate [anything]. There's always going to be changes we've got to waive thirty guys here eventually, but right now I don't know that there's anything pending for immediate action."
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