Free agent market at cornerback and safety becoming flooded

Posted by ttwentyman on March 8, 2013 – 3:09 pm

Chris GambleAll of the sudden, the free agent market is flooded with an excess of cornerbacks and safeties, which is great news for a Detroit Lions team with needs at both spots.

The Lions’ first priority at both spots is to re-sign Chris Houston and Louis Delmas. But after that, the Lions are still shoppers, and the more supply there is the better the likelihood of the prices going down.

On Friday alone, Carolina released cornerback Chris Gamble, Arizona released safety Adrian Wilson and Jacksonville parted with safety Dawan Landry. All three moves done with salary cap considerations in mind.

Of the three, Gamble seems like the best fit for the Lions.

At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Gamble, 29, has the size profile the Lions are looking for. He is coming off a shoulder injury that resulted in him missing 12 games last year, though.

The all-time Panthers’ interception leader has 438 tackles, 27 interceptions and has defended 80 passes in nine NFL seasons.

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6 Responses to “Free agent market at cornerback and safety becoming flooded”

  1. By Shane Fountain on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    Gamble would be a great fit but how do we know this shoulder wont be a reaccuring thing , Is it a risk the lions should take , or should they go after someone like dunta robinson therre is an abundance of of CB And Safeties in free agency now , Hopefully they will find someone to fill both spots all the while retaining Louis delmas and Chris houston but Houston And Ganble could definately be A great tandem in the Lions secondary with Bentley playing the nickle slot and then get dewan landry in at safety as well as bring in Osi froim the giants then we could go after a O lineman with the number 5 pick and wait till next year to focus on defensive players would be the perfect scenario

  2. By Jeff on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    I think signing a DB in FA would be smart considering the depth or them in the draft. I don’t believe taking one with the 5th pick would be right with the amount of O and D lineman available in the draft. If the lions can take a DE or Oline first and pick up a DB in FA then they could afford to take a CB or S with potential later in the draft. They are short on cash so maybe Bush and a DB in FA will reduce their needs in the draft. Then all they need is DE LT WR and some DB depth…these seem to be the most pressing needs IMO

  3. By Eric H on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    It seems like a sort term fix but we really need to draft a long term corner.

  4. By Kyle Lavelle on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Gamble would be a good fit, but not on the island. I am still hoping that Milliner is on the board at #5. The combine showed that almost all of the prospective DE’s were overrated but Milliner is not. Georgia’s Jones would be a great pick for an OLB, but drafting severally injured players has bit us on the tail over the last decade. Milliner, Houston, healthy Delmas, and another player would help us greatly in this QB driven divison. GOOOOOOOO LIONS!!!

  5. By Sagmich on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Of course it will be Gamble he had shoulder issues!

  6. By Black Wolf Standing on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    We have several CB’s om the rooster that need to step up this year and take their game up to a new level. We drafted rookies last year in hopes of having young CB starters to replace Houston if he became injured again.

    Well, we have them on the rooster. Do we need more? Those rookies got some great game time while Houston was out and the team was slumping. The biggest question is do we give those rookies two years to become good or do we mark off drafting them as a tragic mistake?

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