With Terry Fair still tiptoeing around from a broken bone in his foot, the Lions were faced with a dose of reality; they have just one player ready to play at that position, veteran Todd Lyght who's going into his 12th year in the NFL.
Despite all the glowing talk about rookies Andre Goodman and Chris Cash, neither is ready to start at the NFL level. Throwing them into the fire against Brett Favre and Dante Culpepper is only going to weaken their confidence in their ability to improve and play at the NFL level.
Goodman can't even put on the uniform, while Cash is progressing a little quicker. Still, with minicamp just a few weeks away, Detroit needs to get some healthy bodies into camp and Buckley represents the best available.
The Lions will have competition from their old nemesis, former Lion and current player personnel director of the Miami Dolphins Rick Spielman. Spielman is set to offer Buckley a contract at the league minimum despite the fact that Miami has one of the better sets of "db's" in the league with Patrick Surtain, Sam Madison and Jamar Fletcher.
Spielman says his interest in Buckley is as a possible "nickle", but more probably a "dime" role. Tampa Bay is also said to be interested in Buckley as a backup.
Detroit wants Buckley to contend for a starting job, which would likely give them one of the oldest set of corners in the league.
It would seem like a 'no-brainer' for T-Buck, but don't be so sure. The veteran would love to return to South Florida where he was a standout along with Deion Sanders at Florida State.
Detroit needs to close this deal to get some players in the secondary. Now that they've seen just exactly where they are with this position, look for them to explore all avenues to solidify the defensive secondary.