Bashir, just 28 years old, gives the Lions some insurance in the event that current starter Terrence Holt fails to continue his improvement and the team is unable to select Texas star Michael Huff with its first round pick.
Bashir's best season was his rookie year in 2001 when he recorded 83 tackles for the Indianapolis Colts after being drafted in the second round out of Memphis. His game began to tail off quickly as injuries took their toll. After three more seasons of so-so football, Indianapolis allowed Bashir to leave as a free agent for Carolina.
He turned in a horrible season for the Panthers recording just two tackles in 11 games and was set free. The Lions are looking at Bashir as a depth player in the secondary if he can regain the form he showed in his first few years in the league. He'll also get a chance to make his mark as a special teamer.
Detroit wants to continue getting younger and Bashir could become the replacement for veteran free agent R. W. McQuarters who signed with New York or the aging Bracey Walker.