Detroit Vice? Marion visits Lions; Dunn next?

Could Miami Dolphins' free-agent safety Brock Marion join backfield teammate Brian Walker in Detroit? Also, Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back Warrick Dunn prepares to visit the Lions. The prospect is thrilling, but how realistic is it?

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If Lions' vice president Matt Millen has his way, Detroit's secondary could look awfully familiar to Miami Dolphins' fans next year.

After signing a 5-year deal with Detroit on Tuesday, former Dolphins' strong safety Brian Walker could be paired with teammate Brock Marion, who resided at Miami's free-safety position last season.

Marion was released by the Dolphins last week in a cost-cutting measure, and has received strong interest from several NFL ball clubs. Among teams vying for the 10-year veteran include the Lions, who hosted Marion on Tuesday. Tennessee, Philadelphia and Miami -- who hopes to re-sign Marion -- round out the teams most interested.

Marion finished 3rd in tackles last year with Miami (96), but led the ball club with 5 interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. Detroit hopes Walker's recent signing helps bait Marion.

If the pursuit turns up fruitless, Titans' safety -- and four-time Pro Bowler -- Blaine Bishop is slated to meet with Detroit later in the week.

The flurry of meetings has all but nullified any chance that starting safety Ron Rice will return to the Lions. Rice's neck injury, which occurred during the conclusion of last season, has Lions' upper management worried of his productivity, and potential.

DUNN TO DETROIT?
Tampa Bay free-agent running back Warrick Dunn has reportedly confirmed he will visit with the Lions. Detroit is attempting to add a scat back that fits the west coast offensive system, and although he certainly harbors the abilities required, it is unlikely the Lions have the salary cap space to add the high-priced Dunn. A date for a visit has not been confirmed by either side.

Detroit met with Chiefs' wide receiver Mikhael Ricks on Tuesday, and will visit with Rams' wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim on Wednesday.


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