ALLEN PARK -- Out with the old, in with the... old?
With the dust settling following the Detroit Lions draft last weekend, part of a busy off-season that has witnessed a near reformat of the franchise both on the field and on the sidelines, a familiar face strode through the Allen Park practice facility Friday afternoon.
Former wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim, one of Matt Millen's first free-agent acquisitions since becoming the team's vice president in 2001, was paying the team a visit since signing with New Orleans last year. And he might just stick around.
An unrestricted free-agent, Hakim was discussing contract with the ball club and judging from his demeanor, could sign as early as this weekend. Hakim told Roar Report's Mike Fowler that he was happy to be back in Detroit, but was non-commital with his contract status.
Hakim nearly signed with Arizona earlier in the off-season, but the two sides could not agree on terms.
As a Lion, Hakim never completed a season without injury, totaling just 77 receptions for 10 touchdowns. He hauled in 34 receptions for 489 yards and two touchdowns with the Saints last year.
Hakim had his most productive NFL days during a four-year tenure in St. Louis under Rams' coach Mike Martz, the current offensive coordinator in Detroit. An integral part of Martz's "Greatest Show on Turf," Hakim had 92 receptions for 1108 yards and seven touchdowns between 2000 and 2001.