Lions show interest in fullback James Hodgins

The Detroit Lions are close to signing veteran free-agent fullback James Hodgins, Roar Report learned Monday. Hodgins was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. Comments from Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli inside.

The Detroit Lions are close to signing veteran free-agent fullback James Hodgins, Roar Report learned Monday.

Hodgins was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, and Detroit quickly phoned the eight-year player to set up a meeting. Because he is a vested veteran, he is not subject to the league's waiver wire process.

"Yes he is (a player we're looking at)," said Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli following Monday's practice. "We'll look at a guy like him and see how all the details would work out.

"You're always looking, you have to always try to improve."

Hodgins has spent the last three seasons with the Cardinals, but injuries have limited him to just one game in the past two years. Prior to arriving in Arizona, he worked under Lions' offensive coordinator Mike Martz in St. Louis between 1999 and 2002.

Hodgins is a blocking fullback, and is anything but an offensive spectacle. The Lions are content with their own one-dimensional fullback in Cory Schlesinger, making the interest in Hodgins precarious.

The Lions currently list running back/fullback Shawn Bryson as Schlesinger's only reserve on the depth chart.


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