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T Marcus McNeill and CB Jacob Lacey to visit Lions, according to sources

Posted by ttwentyman on March 14, 2012 – 10:53 pm

Former Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill is flying to Detroit Thursday and will visit the Lions’ practice facility in Allen Park Friday, according to a league source.

McNeill was released by the Chargers earlier this week due to his history with neck injuries and to clear cap space. He was a second-round draft pick in 2006 and has played in two Pro Bowls.

He spent last season on injured-reserve with a neck issue.

The Lions will also host former Colts cornerback Jacob Lacey, according to sources.

Lacey has started 27 games for the Colts over the last three seasons. Lacey, 24, had 72 tackles and one interception in 15 games with the Colts last season. He started 10 games at left corner in 2011.

Lacey was not offered a restricted free agent tender by the Colts.

The Lions will host wide receiver/return specialist Ted Ginn at the facility Thursday.

Ginn caught 19 passes in 14 games with the 49ers last season but excelled as a returner, scoring on both kick and punt returns.

Ginn missed the end of the season with an ankle injury and the 49ers felt his absence in a loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game when the 49ers committed two special teams turnovers.

Offensive lineman Eric Winston, 28, who was released by the Houston Texans on Monday, also is planning a visit to the Lions, according to Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson.

Winston, a right tackle, started every game the last five years for the Texans. He’s also scheduled to visit the Chiefs, Rams and Ravens.


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29 Responses to “T Marcus McNeill and CB Jacob Lacey to visit Lions, according to sources”

  1. By Shane on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    we need solid corners badly or we will not stop the pass at all. one of the pressing issues of last year and it is looking much worse so far this coming year. hope we can land a good corner in the draft who can contribute right from the start but even slim pickings in the draft at that position. draft a linemen or two in free agent market. glad to see CJ is a Lion for life! GO LIONS!

  2. By brian on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    signing calvin to this contract should show other free agents and draft picks how committed the lions are to winning.hope it helps get some other great players for the team.GO LIONS

  3. By ryne on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    slim picking at cb this year in the draft??? no way…theres gonna be at least 4 go in the first round.

  4. By Rick on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    If Marcus McNeil proves to be healthy, he would be a great addition to our line!! He’s a Terrific pass blocker and a good run blocker to boot!! He’s still under 30 and has some good years left!!

  5. By stephanie on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    hey lions how about signing brandon jacobs we could use his running game we knows what it takes to win the big game.

  6. By stephanie on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    hey lions sign brandon jacobs we need him it would improve our game he would be a great player to get with superbowl experience, thanks for signing calvin.

  7. By Rod on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to see the lions are doing a little in free agency there are some good players our there to add on defense. And we better resign tulloch!!!!

  8. By Garrett21 on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I was hoping the lions would go get winston and it looks like theyre atleast going to try he would be the biggest free agent grab out of all these guys the lions have had trouble at the RT position for awhile and winston is a great reliable guy to have on the team and still really young

  9. By Charles on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Marcus McNeil, Eric Winston, and Tedd Ginn. So far those are all immediate upgrades on the o-line and special teams. Tulloch might come back down to earth on his asking price if the market keeps avoiding him. Plus a draft!
    Other free agents worth noting: Terrance Newman-DB (cowboys), Chris Carr-DB (ravens), Dan Conner-MLB (panthers),David Hawthorne-MLB (seahawks) LaRon Landry-FS (redskins), Chris Hope-SS (titans), OJ Otogwi-FS (redskins), Ben Grubbs-RG (ravens), Chris Myers-C (texans), Marcus Truffant-DB (seahawks), and Geoff Swartz (titans) just to name a few. It will be interesting to see where we are as lions fans by Monday the 19th. The best part is Mayhew and co. have not even done a trade yet. Stay turned lions fans! Super bowl bound 2013!

  10. By ExpatLion on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I was hopuing we would get a shot at Dan Conners from the Panthers. With Wright gone (and overpaid) we should look at Middleton for CB.

  11. By robert on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I like the idea of getting our offensive line in order, but just as needed is to upgrade our cb pos and i have not heard a word on them getting a top corner at all.

  12. By Eddie Hiller on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Martin Mayhew sign a couple of these guys.

  13. By Eddie Hiller on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Lets make thses visits worth wild.

  14. By H.D.F. on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    We are now attractive as a viable Super Bowl contender. Thus all our options for veteran o-line help. Let’s get the line solidified for years to come. Upgrading the o-line does the following: Keeps Stafford upright, Opens running lanes for our backs. And with better line play even an average back could be effective(but give me a stud back).

    Lets go LIONS!!!!

  15. By C on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    It would be great to get O line help. Ginn would be exciting as well.

  16. By ShawnP on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to get ginn because he can shorten the field for us on each drive. It sucks when every drive you have to go 80 + yards all the dam n time. Imagine our offense with a short field. We will avg. at least 35 pts a game. now we need to draft either Barron cuz he’sgreat against the run and passing, if we cant get jenkins, kirkpatrick, or gilmore. Whichever one makes it to the 23rd pick.

  17. By Jim on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    I would say McNeil would be a great addition to the Lions to help block. We can then turn our attention to the draft for a good young corner to help solidify the defense. I also think that we should trade for Rodgers-Cromartie from the Eagles. His size, speed, and athletic ability would serve the defense well in covering Jennings, and newly aquired Marshall. He is the 3rd guy on the Eagles team so it might not take much to get a former Pro Bowl corner who is in the Prime of his career.

    Besides going 1 on 1 with Megatron will only help develope him further.

  18. By Arnold on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ted Ginn? You better lock this dude up he’s a return genius. Less yards = more TD’s, not that Stafford and our receivers aren’t good enough to goon 80-90 yard drives. I suggest looking at the others before locking them up.

  19. By jordan on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    thank you to suh burleson and stafford for your selflishness i really think berry might devlop but damn man he dropped 2 picks in the playoffs we will get it trust schawrtz lewand and mayhue we know what we are doing this isn’t millen you don’t go 0-16 to 10-6 in three years if thats the case see you on the home opener this year!

  20. By Wolverine223 on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Eric Winston is a stud. He is in his prime with no injury issues.

  21. By ShawnP on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    We let tedd ginn jr walk without signing the dude. He really could have help us in a area we really needed. Logan didnt do shi t last year. Hope this doesnt bite us in the a s s in the long run. Im low key frustrated we couldnt get that done. SMH. Whats going on Detroit. We’re a up and coming team players will gravitate towards, dont start scaring them away by not signing players we should lock up.

  22. By Steve B on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    No need to break the bank on the first look for guys who fit our system instead of getting the big name and just hoping he fits what we do. Schwartz and Mayhew are great and getting the best out of guys and adjusting to the players instead of trying to have players adjust to the systems. Seems like we are following the plans of how the Steelersd and other great franchises handle the off seasons to build a team that will contend year in and year out. Get a Safety love to see Landry come here, and draft a corner and a luittle O-Line depth and we will b set for next year

  23. By jayhassan on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Mayhew will shore up secondary quietly,intelligently. Bring in second tier guys for less money,less hype. Get your future playmakers and studs via the draft.BPA. Hightower at 23? Barron? Gilmore? Just get us a stud for the back 7

  24. By cowboy on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    hey guys anybody know how much cap money the lions have it cant be much or gin would have sighned guys are looking for alot of money and only five year deals yea i want gin here and some other guys but be realistic its the lions and they always over spend

  25. By LIONNUTS on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions are deep in WR’s. But any way to take some of the double team away from CJ is a good thing. I say sign Tedd Ginn.

  26. By ajarius44 on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    we need to sign tullock back, but if we can sign the two offense of lineman that would be a good look for us. but we def have to sign a real solid cornerback thats a must.

  27. By Rick on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Megatron showed Everybody in Dallas that, even being triple covered He’ll still go up and make the catch! We’ve got good receivers in Burleson and Young. Let Mayhew, Schwartz, and lewand work their magic! I don’t We, as fans, will be disappointed.

  28. By THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Why not Brandon Jacobs ? ( like what Sttefani suggested ) He is like a Jerome Bettis..

  29. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Lacey is a NICE pickup!

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