What's really going on with Colvin?

Amid rumors and now reports of a 'handshake' deal, Lions' insider Mike Fowler breaks down what he believes is going on with Bears' FA linebacker Rosevelt Colvin. But is Colvin the right fit? Mike doesn't believe so. Also, Lions visit with Jets' linebacker. Plus more

(ALLEN PARK)--Three days ago, I reported that two highly regarded radio stations in Chicago, 670AM the Score, and ESPN Radio 1000 were airing reports saying that Chicago Bear linebacker Rosevelt colvin would sign with the Detroit Lions by the end of the week.

The website ProFootballTalk.com went even further, reporting that a signing of Colvin was imminent. Yesterday, it upgraded that report to say there was a handshake deal between Detroit and Colvin, who according to the site, would sign by Thursday.

Calls to Colvin's agent to find out if there were any truth to the rumors were not immediately returned.

Thursday has come and gone, Colvin is on his way to visit Jacksonville, but the rumors of a done deal persist. While it's fun to speculate what a signing would do for Detroit's defense, its best to take a look at the cold hard facts surrounding this free agent.

Here's the deal:

Colvin remains very interested in Detroit and Detroit in Colvin. He recently said he would take all of his scheduled free agent visits and then sit down with his agent, Kennard McGuire, to sort through all the offers and make a choice.

"I am going to take it one day at a time," Colvin said, "try to see what's best about each and every place I've been and make the ultimate decision where I want to be."

That is exactly what he is doing. Colvin is scheduled to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars today and talk with coach Jack Del Rio and director of player personnel James "Shack" Harris. That is expected to be his final visit.

At that point, he'll make his decision based on who presented the best offer and where he feels he fits in best. Colvin is said to be looking for a contract worth $4-5 million per season but, ironically, it doesn't appear that Detroit is the best fit for the Purdue grad.

First, he wants to get back to playing defensive end. Colvin admitted that his heart is in rushing the passer.

"I think I'm a rush end playing linebacker," Colvin said. "My heart is in rushing the passer. I was a defensive end in college for three years and had the opportunity to do that."

Detroit needs a linebacker who can play in space, especially on the weak side of the defense.

Players like Indianapolis' Mike Peterson would seem to be better suited to that role. Peterson is looking for a contract similar to what Shawn Barber got from Kansas city, $30 million for seven years with a $5 million signing bonus. Peterson recorded 136 tackles, 3 interceptions and 9 passes deflected.

Detroit already has a defensive end/linebacker type playing edge rusher in Kalimba Edwards, who led the team with 5.5 sacks in 2002.

Detroit had a visit from Tampa Bay's Alshermond Singleton last week, a strongside backer and also took a visit from New York Jets linebacker James Darling today. Darling started all 16 games for the Jets, but totaled just 37 tackles.

That hardly seems like the impact linebacker the Lions are seeking.

Whether Colvin ends up in Detroit or not at this point is unknown, but the rumors of an imminent deal persist including a report today in the Northwest Herald (Suburban Chicago, IL) which stated "When Rosevelt Colvin dots the 'i' on his contract with the Detroit Lions, the Bears become the worst team in the NFC North."

Is he or isn't he a Lion? We'll find out in the next few days.

HARD DAYS KNIGHT? Despite his off the chart productivity, there appears to be little interest, at least so far, in New Orleans Saints safety Sammy Knight. With 107 tackles and 12 passes defensed, Knight would appear to be the ideal addition to the Lions secondary in a duo with Brian Walker. The Lions aren't closing the door, head coach Steve Mariucci said the team "needed a safety", but the position appears to be down in their priority list behind linebacker and defensive tackle .


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