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3/03/2009

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.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous freebird22 said...

Let's hope they make a deal.

8:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

doesn't this go against the whole getting younger and faster spiel schwartz was preaching? hopefully jackson doesn't turn into another darby....i'm leery of this acquisition, to say the least.

9:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like the families are gonna organize a search party of their own:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/03/florida.missing.boaters/index.html

god speed to them and i'll be hoping and praying that they find the other men alive.

10:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have watched Gravy play in ATL for the last couple seasons. He has always been surprisingly good. A very underrated player. My concern is that he is so old, but that was my concern when he came to the Falcons and he has been solid for many years here.

He isn't younger or faster, but he fills a huge need for the Lions and makes us a better team today. He would also give us time to bring up a younger player to hopefully split more and more time over the next two years until they are ready to start.

8:47 AM 
Blogger DetFan1979 said...

the Dline has haevy rotation anyways, and he will be used on obvious run downs and pulled in most obvious passing downs.

This way, they will keep him fresh for run stopping, and still have plenty of snaps that guys like Coehn and Fluellen will be taking.

9:11 AM 
Anonymous freebird22 said...

Old isn't necessarily bad. I remember when the Lions acquired Ray Brown, who was 38 at the time. He turned out to be the Lions best OL.

9:51 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave,

Any news on Jackson, LJ Smith, Vonnie Holliday, Jabari Greer, Chris Carr, Mike Peterson, Loper?

11:21 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave
Any news on Phil buchanon?

11:50 AM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

I don't believe Buchanon ever made it in. There was a report, on PFT I believe, that he wanted to re-sign with the Bucs and the Lions were just leverage for that.

I still expect them to sign one or two more DBs, but the Lions aren't going to overpay. Maybe some of these guys lower their asking price with Florence off the market and if Buchanon follows. Greer, for instance, has a few suitors, but none who want to pay his price.

Peterson to me is a legit possibility because of his ties to Shack and the lack of middle linebackers in the draft. I don't know if a visit has been set up, but vets like that don't always visit unless (like with Jackson) a deal is very close to being done so they can get a physical. I think you'll see a couple more signings this week (including Loper) then things will quiet down.

12:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Dave

1:31 PM 

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