INDIANAPOLIS — Lions general manager Martin Mayhew will be meeting with Brandon Pettigrew’s agent this weekend at the NFL Combine.
When asked if re-signing Pettigrew, who could become an unrestricted free agent, is a priority, Mayhew said, “Definitely.”
“We had our free agency meetings, our coaches liked him, what he can do,’’ Mayhew said at a breakfast meeting on Friday morning. “(He’s) an all-around sort of guy. He’s a guy we’ll be talking to, we’ll meet with his agent at the Combine.’’
The Lions are looking to extend Ndamukong Suh to clear cap space, but the fact that is not done yet is not a factor in signing Pettigrew.
“That’s not a concern at all in terms of getting something done with (Pettigrew),’’ Mayhew said.
The Lions could give Pettigrew the franchise tag, but Mayhew was noncommital on that.
“You never know how things are going to go,’’ Mayhew said.
Pettigrew, a first-round pick in 2009, played in 14 games last season and finished with 41 catches for 416 yards.
While tight end Joe Fauria had a good rookie season, he is not the all-around tight end that Pettigrew is just yet. Fauria needs to improve his blocking skills.
The Lions drafted tight end Michael Williams in 2013, but he missed his rookie season with a hand injury.