Q. Why haven't we heard any news?
In the memo, the league included media reports as a potential cause for an investigation. That means teams aren't going to be loose-lipped with information regarding other teams' free agents.
The reports that are out there now are mostly from agents with agendas or players themselves.
Q. Reports are out there that the Arizona Cardinals are pursuing Reggie Bush hard. With the current salary cap situation, can the Lions even be players?
A. Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand has said more than once that getting an extension to
Think of it this way: would the Lions enter into negotiations with player agents if there wasn't a way to sign them? That's not good business. The cap may read around $6.5 million right now, but that's always fluid to a motivated buyer.
If the Lions want a player like Bush - which it seems they do - and the price is right, they'll find a way to get it done.
A. They do, but if I'm Sammie Hill, I'm open to any sales pitch that allows me a starting position.
The simple fact is that the Lions have a lot of resources tied into
However, it seems Hill is getting some interest from other teams and the Lions aren't in a position to match a multimillion per-year offer for Hill as a backup. That's just a simple reality.
Q. Are any players at risk of becoming a cap casualty prior to Tuesday?
A. There's potential there.
I hate to speculate on specific players, but if push comes to shove, there seems to be some contracts that could give the Lions a little more wiggle room.
Q. Is there truth to the Lions taking a look at LeGarrette Blount?
A. I don't see how that makes any real sense for the Lions. General manager Martin Mayhew said he's looking for a player with some "juice" at the position. Blount and “juice” don't fit in the same sentence. He's a bruiser, but certainly not a big-play threat the Lions are looking for.
The Lions tied for the league-low with four rushing plays of 20-plus yards in 2012. They're looking for a back with big-play potential, not a bruiser.
That move would make little to no sense, in my opinion.
A. It doesn't appear that anything is imminent on that front. Houston is definitely a priority, but his deal is somewhat complicated seeing that he's considered among a group of five or six cornerbacks at the top of the market. That market hasn't been set with a big-time signing yet.
I've been saying this since the end of the season - and I don't think anything has changed – I see Avril playing in another uniform in 2013.
I thought it was telling that
The Lions like Palmer, or they wouldn't have signed him to a two-year, $3.25 million deal. That's not normal backup money.
Jackson makes sense, he's inexpensive with potential. If I'm the Lions I find a way to make that happen.