Mayhew: ‘We don’t anticipate being in the top part of free agency market’

Posted by ttwentyman on February 23, 2012 – 5:36 pm

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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3 Responses to “Mayhew: ‘We don’t anticipate being in the top part of free agency market’”

  1. By Mike on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cmon Tim lol David Carr the cornerback????? I think you meant Brandon

  2. By Tony on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    You should be able to find good value at RB. Sign Michael Bush from the Raiders. He’d be pretty valuable to any team, but to the Lions he’s amazing in pass protection, is a big bruiser RB, and is a capable reciever out of the backfield. You could split Jahvid and Bush evenly, and if Jahvid goes down Bush can handle a full load. Keep Kevin Smith b/c he can be had on the cheap, and there you go, your RB problems will have been solved. All this going on while LeShoure gets more time to be healthy. Don’t rush that type of injury back! We need him too!

    Sign Calvin Johnson sooner rather than later. Give him Larry Fitzgerald money, get it done asap.. Then you will have a better idea of cap space available to sign Avril. Or Franchise Avril and work out a long-term contract. He’s goign to be good too.

    Then go improve your secondary.

  3. By Jacob Nichols on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think you mean Brandon Carr…

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