Re-Sign or Release: Terrence Holt

Just how important is Terrence Holt's presence in the secondary? The four-year veteran will find out once the unrestricted free-agent hits the open market in March. examines whether or not Holt should be re-signed or find a home elsewhere in 2007.

The only thing Terrence Holt did for the Detroit Lions in 2006 was own a share for the team high in interceptions (3), lead the secondary in tackles (77), and become one of the few defensive players on the roster to play in all 16 games.

And, with a one-year contract expiring in just a few weeks, the free safety might have to find his gratitude with another team.

The four-year veteran will become an unrestricted free-agent in March, but the Lions might be poised to move on without the former N.C State standout. After last year's second round pick, Daniel Bullocks, saw ample playing time within head coach Rod Marinelli's defensive system, Holt became expendable.

With needs elsewhere on the roster (including the re-signing of Cory Redding), and changes likely under new defensive coordinator Joe Barry, he certainly isn't a high priority in the team's off-season movement.

The Lions also relish the thought of an aggressive, athletic deep secondary comprised of Bullocks and veteran Kenoy Kennedy. Both possess the physical style demanded in the Tampa 2 defensive scheme, and have also caught the eye of Barry during his review of last season's game film. Although Holt has always had a knack for the big play, he also has had the tendency to shy away from contact.

That problem afflicts neither Kennedy nor Bullocks.

VERDICT: Unless Detroit has an opportunity to re-sign Holt to another one-year (unlikely), relatively modest offer (unlikely), and he agrees to the premise of a back-up/reserve role (unlikely), then bringing Holt back into the fold would be a wise move.

However, once Holt enters the market, and a price is determined, it will likely be one that the Lions cannot and will not satisfy.

Holt will have suitors that are familiar with his success in Detroit, and they will reward him accordingly.

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