Law Affair Is Not Over

ALLEN PARK - Ty Law worked out for the Lions yesterday and the Lions liked what they saw. Still Law left to work out for the New York Jets today and will workout for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday unless someone bowls him over with an offer he can't turn down.

ALLEN PARK - Ty Law worked out for the Lions yesterday and the Lions liked what they saw. Still Law left to work out for the New York Jets today and will workout for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday unless someone bowls him over with an offer he can't turn down.

Don't expect that to happen and don't be surprised if he is in talks with the Lions right up until early next week before he makes his decision. Law, 31, was injured most of last season and was eventually released by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Still, Lions GM Matt Millen likes what he sees in Law. He sees a tough competitor and a playmaker, a guy who makes things happen on the football field.

"I'd love to do something, but we'll be on his timetable," said Millen. "Ty holds all the cards and we have some restraints."

Millen's first priority has to be signing his two first-round draft picks, USC wide receiver Mike Williams and defensive lineman Shaun Cody. Once Millen and C.O.O. Tom Lewand know exactly what they're dealing with, they can set the parameters for an offer to Law. This could happen as soon as this weekend.

"They told us that they had to work some things around financially and they could give us an offer by [next] Tuesday," said Carl Poston, the agent for Law.

Expect Detroit to make a strong pitch to sign a player who has been at the forefront of several strong playoff runs and Super Bowl appearances for the New England Patriots and forget the talk that Law is past his prime. Law, if healthy, is still among the top two or three corners in the NFL.

A signing of Law would likely create a domino effect in what would become a crowded Lions secondary. While last year's prized free agent signee (six-year $24 million) Fernando Bryant was somewhat of a disappointment in his first season and is unlikely to be moved or released, younger players such as four-year veterans Andre Goodman and Chris Cash, who have had mixed results over their careers, could find themselves on the outside looking in.

Detroit has a solid young player in second-year corner Keith Smith, who came on strong late in the season and this season the Lions took another corner, Stanley Wilson of Stanford in this year's NFL draft.

Detroit does not have a lot of depth at safety, but Law seemed to nix the thought of playing the position.

"I'm a cornerback, that's what I want to play and that's what I'm going to play; at least for now," said Law. "If I decide to move back or if we come to a mutual agreement sometime down the line to move back to safety; because I know I'm very capable of doing that, too; I'm fine with that. It'd just be another challenge. But for now, I want to stick with corner."

But Millen clearly wants to be able to keep that an option for the coaching staff and replied "He misspoke," said Millen. "He's a football player. He's a football player who happens to play corner very well. ... He can fit in a lot of different spots."

No doubt if the Lions sign Law it will be with the understanding that he will be available to play anywhere in the secondary. That would free the coaching staff to put a combination of Dre' Bly, Bryant, Kenoy Kennedy, Terrence Holt, free agent acquisition R. W. McQuarters and Law on the field at the same time in a six defensive back set.

That group would give Detroit arguably the best secondary in the NFC and one of the best in the NFL.

This affair is not over.

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