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3/02/2009

Carr leaves Lions without a deal, headed to Cleveland

Free-agent cornerback Chris Carr said his meeting with the Lions “went well,” but he left Monday without a contract and will visit Cleveland next.

The Lions are pursuing Carr, 25, as a backup cornerback and return specialist. Carr was one of the most dangerous punt and kick returners in the league last year, but he said he envisions playing a bigger role on defense at his next stop.

"I always want an opportunity to do both because I feel like I can really help a team do both," he said Monday. "And I feel like the spots that I have played in Oakland and Tennessee I played very well so I want an opportunity to do that more often."

The Lions signed one free-agent cornerback in Eric King, who played with Carr under new Lions coach Jim Schwartz in Tennessee last year, and traded for another in Anthony Henry already this offseason.

They've also had Buffalo's Jabari Greer in for a visit and could host Tampa Bay's Philip Buchanon next.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need to realize eventually that they cannot let a player leave without a contract if they want to sign them. Eveyone that has come in for a visit and left without a contract has signed somewhere else. BTW, where is ANY LB or DL help? They haven't brought in 1 LB or DL, only corners and WR's.

2:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^that you know of.^

remember maywand are masters at keeping their cards close to the vest.

gotta admit that this is getting frustrating though. hopefully carr will come back and sign. wouldn't mind having buchanon sign too.

based on what i've seen so far from maywand i'm inclined to believe that we're gonna be drafting defense for most of the draft with maybe a sprinkling of offense....which i'm fine with btw....

2:59 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

I agree that defense probably will be the focus of the draft, as it should. The Lions haven't brought in any defensive tackles or linebackers yet, but that will change. Fact is, it's not a particularly deep free-agent crop at any defensive position and the Lions are in no mood to overpay for the marginal starters who are out there. Still, I'd expect them to sign starters at cornerback and maybe middle linebacker during free agency.

6:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Play it close to the vest, but remember that these guys were a big part of the last 5 years. In this case I feel that guilty until proven innocent is the right way to go.

Oh, and letting Cassel and a decent-but-old LB go to a different team for a 2nd is not helping your case.

6:24 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^they offered their 2nd rounder too.^

i'm starting to think we got the anti-millen running the front office in maywand. not willing to overpay players and letting their pride get in the way.

i'm also starting to think that that's the route we're gonna have to take if we wanna get anyone else in here who's even remotely decent.

money talks....you know the rest. kind of funny that this team HAS BEEN nothing but crap since ford took over too.

6:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayhew learned everything he knows from Millen. I think we have Millen jr running around. At least the guys we overpayed for in the past started for us. Were we really better once Bly left?

I love the Lions and was hoping for the kind of sea-change in thinking that you are talking about. I think I have to wait another 5 years for Mayhew to get run out of town to see it.

7:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah cause overpaying for free agents is how you should build a team.

Rarely do FA pick ups even work out.

Building through the draft will make or break the Lions.

7:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I hope so. But I think we have so many holes that SOME had to be filled with free agency. The best draft in the world will only net you 3-4 starters the first year (a great draft on a bad team). We need like 10 starters tomorrow. unless we are punting on next year already, we at least needed to grab a couple guys in free agency.

I am just frustrated we are sitting on our hands. They have some cash and tons of needs.

7:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based on quotes I read elsewhere, Carr didn't sound all that fired up about Detroit... unfortunately, I think he ends up in Cleveland.

9:15 PM 

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