Free agency ramping up for Lions

Posted Mar 12, 2014

The Lions are slated to host a receiver, center and fullback over the next two days

The Detroit Lions didn’t make any big splashes on the first day of free agency, but things could ramp up a bit on Day 2 and beyond.

Phil CostaC Phil Costa (Photo: AP Images)

The Lions are scheduled to meet with receiver Golden Tate and center Phil Costa today, and then host free agent fullback Henry Hynoski on Thursday.

Tate is one of the top free-agent receivers on the market and would fill a big void for the team. He helped lead Seattle to a Super Bowl win this past season catching 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns. He can play both inside and outside, has terrific hands and is a good route running.

In Detroit, he could have a lot of opportunities to make plays opposite Calvin Johnson.

Costa, 25, was as a backup most of last year with Dallas but has made 20 starts in his NFL, including all 16 games in 2011.

The Lions signed veteran center Dominic Raiola for a 14th season, but the team doesn't have a backup or a center of the future currently on the roster.

Hynoski, 25, might just have the best nickname in the NFL as the “Hynoserus” for his bruising style of lead blocking. Head coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi would like to add a fullback back into the offense after the team had gone away from having a true fullback over the last few years under former offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

Hynoski was limited to just three games last year after being placed on injured reserve with a fractured shoulder.