Lions, Grady Jackson close to deal
Free-agent defensive tackle Grady Jackson will take a physical with the Lions today and NFL.com reported he is expected to sign a two- or three-year contract if he checks out healthy.
They have an interest because he's the only legitimate interior guy left in the whole free agency, said Angelo Wright, Jackson's agent. When you look at that list, those other guys are backups or been around the mill. But in terms of a guy, Grady's the best run-stopper left.
The 6-foot-2, 345-pound Jackson played last season with Atlanta after finishing 2007 with Jacksonville. The Lions hired former Jaguars vice president of player personnel Shack Harris as senior personnel executive last month. General manager Martin Mayhew also has said the Lions need to get bigger along the defensive line.
Wright said he's exchanged contract proposals with the Lions, but no deal is imminent. He said talks are in the ballpark, however, and that a veteran like Jackson, 36, wouldn't visit a team unless there was serious interest on both sides.