Lions Free Agent Vists: First Up, WR Nate Washington and OG Derrick Dockery

Scott RiegerAnalyst IFebruary 27, 2009

The Lions brass are currently holed up in Headquarters visiting with a couple of FA offensive players.

The first player is wide receiver Nate Washington, member of the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who is coming off the best year of his young career.  Washington hauled in 40 passes for 631 yards and three touchdowns as the third option for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Washington has good size at 6'1", 185 pounds, and can stretch the field as his 15.2 ypc avg. illustrates.

Detroit is targeting Washington for it's No. 2 wide receiver position opposite Calvin Johnson.

If they don't sign Washington, expect former Tampa Bay receiver Michael Clayton to visit Allen Park.

Some other possibilities are former Atlanta receiver Michael Jenkins or former Jaguar Reggie Williams.

The second visitor is Derrick Dockery, formerly of the Bills, Redskins, and the University of Texas.

The 6'6", 330-pound guard is a hot commodity this offseason after being let go from the Bills for salary cap reasons.  He experienced his worst season as a pro last year, surrendering five quarterback sacks, but is still widely considered a solid NFL starter. He is a terrific run blocker and holds his own in pass protection.   

Dockery, a 2003 third-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins, started 13 games his rookie season and every game since and is one of the most durable players in the league.

Two years ago, Dockery signed a lucrative free agent deal with the Bills for seven years and $49 million but only played there for two seasons.

Derrick's brother, Cedric, is a 2009 draft prospect out of Texas as well.

If signed, the Lions could plug him into their vacancy at LG and turn what is a below par offensive line into a above average line. In addition, they are sure to please projected Lions starting QB, Daunte Culpepper.