Every year around the NFL free agency period, fans get all excited about the hot names in free agency.
For Lions fans this year, that’s cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan, Brent Grimes and Brandon Carr.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was asked about Finnegan at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday.
“There’s a lot of guys that fit our scheme,” Schwartz said of Finnegan. “I think that it’s important for us as an organization, it’s important for us as a team to keep a lot of the players that we already have before we start looking elsewhere.
“But I think the approach that we’ve taken the last couple of years is that we’ve kept an open mind in just about everything that we have. We haven’t gone all-in at any one person. We haven’t also just discounted any player or any person.
“Anybody that fits our scheme, anybody that makes sense for us, we’ve done a good job of evaluating those guys and if Cortland ends up being one of those then we’ll be in that position with him.”
Still, don’t expect the Lions to make any big splashes in free agency with a player like Finnegan, Grimes or anyone else. The Lions are more interested in signing their own players and don’t have the salary cap space to do that and sign a marquee free agent, too. It just isn’t in the cards.
“We don’t anticipate being in the top part of the (free agency) market,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said in a Sirius XM interview at the combine. “But we do plan on being active and finding value there.”
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