Detroit Lions Are Signing Tennessee Starters Instead of Tampa Bay Backups

David McClureCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2009

Last year the dreaded Tampa Two defense was being made a mockery of every Sunday. The culprits? Tampa Bay back up players dressed in Lions uniforms.

This year, the Lions appear to be trying something different for a change. They are bringing in guys that are starters.

Daniel Loper is scheduled to visit soon, a versatile starting offensive guard that is able to play tackle, and would be a perfect fit for the Lions.

Eric King has already signed, a starting corner back for the Titans, and should be a reliable asset.

Chris Carr paid the Lions a visit, another Titans corner back and also a return specialist, and, although no deal is in place, he would be a great addition with his return ability.

Other signings this off season include:

The trade of Jon Kitna for Anthony Henry, one of Dallas' starting corner backs last year.

The signing of Bryant Johnson, a wide receiver from San Francisco, who should be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver this year.

Maurice Morris, a third down style back with return abilities, also signed giving Kevin Smith a veteran to work with and a some decent return capability.

The Free Agency period may not be flashy in Detroit but things are going much better if you are a Lions fan. Most of the Tampa Bay backups have been released or not re-signed and the guys that have been signed are starters.

It's at least a small step in the right direction.

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