Notebook: What does the Detroit Lions' future hold at the safety position?

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Martin Mayhew says the Lions are still evaluating Louis Delmas' health as the team moves into free agency

INDIANAPOLIS -- Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the Detroit Lions haven’t made any tender offers to restricted free agents Jason Fox, Willie Young or Amari Spievey as of yet.

The Lions have until March 12 to make those offers.

While Jason Fox and Willie Young are expected to be back, tendered, Mayhew didn’t seem as definitive on Spievey when talking to reporters Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Spievey has battled injuries for most of his two seasons in Detroit, most recently being placed on injured reserve last year after a second concussion in less than a year.

"I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that," Mayhew said.

"I just think it’s the total package of everything he’s dealt with. He, obviously, was a good player for us when he was healthy, but we’ll have to kind of take a wait-and-see approach on that."

When it comes to the Lions’ other starting safety - Louis Delmas - Mayhew said doctors are still evaluating his knees and those evaluations would help determine how the team moves forward as Delmas heads to free agency.

Delmas, as you know, missed eight games with a knee injury last season. That was on the heels of him missing five games in 2011 with an injury to his other knee.

"Our doctors are still evaluating his situation," Mayhew said, "And we're still making those decisions as we speak."


• Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker weighed in at 339 pounds, 16 pounds lighter that he was at the Senior Bowl last month.

• The consensus top tackles in the draft – Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher – both put up 225 pound 27 times on the bench press. Not bad. Not great. Eric Herman of Ohio is the leader in the clubhouse with 36.

• Alabama guard Chance Warmack measured a little on the small side at 6-2, 317, but his arm length was an impressive 34 3/4 inches.


Mayhew declared Friday that tackle Riley Reiff and Jason Fox are ready to step in and play and in 2013.

"They're ready," he said. "Riley played a lot of football for us last year and Fox has been around. He's going into his fourth year. These guys are trained. They're pros and hard-working guys. They know their jobs and they are going to be ready to play."

They might need to be. 

Jeff Backus is entering his 13th season and hasn’t made a definitive decision on his future and Gosder Cherilus is headed to unrestricted free agency.


Whoever said Mayhew didn’t have a sense of humor?

During his media session, Friday, Mayhew was asked by Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King if there were any positions on defense that are more valuable than others because of the changing landscape of NFL offenses.

"I might be the wrong person to ask because we need everything on defense right now," Mayhew said to laughter. "We need a couple D-linemen, a couple linebackers, three or four secondary players."


Schwartz did not rule out the possibility of the Lions drafting a kicker or punter late in this year's draft.

"We will consider all good players," he said. "Minnesota drafted a kicker in the sixth round and he went to the Pro Bowl. The idea is to pick a good player."


The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a two-year contract with safety George Wilson, according to reports.

Wilson visited the Lions two weeks ago, one day after spending time with the Titans.

The Lions are looking for an upgrade at the safety position, but will now have to look elsewhere.