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Lito Sheppard heads to Detroit for a visit

Veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard got his wish a year ago, via a trade from Philly to the Jets and a re-worked contract.

But the Jets opted not to pick up a bonus that would have continued the relationship into 2010, and Sheppard has been — and remains — a free agent.

That could soon change.  Per a league source, he’ll visit the Lions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sheppard, a first-round pick of the Eagles in 2002, became a full-time starter in 2004 but lost his position in 2008, after the arrival of Asante Samuel.  He appeared in 11 regular-season games for the Jets last year, starting nine.  He also started the team’s two playoff wins, but he was yanked from the starting lineup for the AFC title game.

Sheppard qualified for the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2006; he was named a
first-team All Pro in 2004.

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28 Responses to “Lito Sheppard heads to Detroit for a visit”
  1. JJCheesehead says: Apr 14, 2010 10:10 AM

    he would be an upgrade for the lions….

  2. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Apr 14, 2010 10:13 AM

    Lito missed the boat that day, he left the shack. But that was all he missed, he ain’t comin’ back…

  3. LIONPRIDE says: Apr 14, 2010 10:14 AM

    I like this idea better than Pac-Man!

  4. LIONPRIDE says: Apr 14, 2010 10:14 AM

    He wont be leaving Detroit without a contract.

  5. Brandon Folsom says: Apr 14, 2010 10:33 AM

    Lets get both Pacman and Lito and trade down to pick up Eric Berry and we are ready to go in the NFC North.

  6. G MACK says: Apr 14, 2010 10:35 AM

    its a lito to late for him, wait for the draft and see what pieces you can fill

  7. rickah8888 says: Apr 14, 2010 10:43 AM

    Just another Philly has-been, like all the others we jettison into obscurity!

  8. eaglelover1 says: Apr 14, 2010 10:43 AM

    Lito will definitely upgrade the Lion DB position for the short term and allow them to focus on the O-line in the draft.

  9. LAEaglefan says: Apr 14, 2010 10:49 AM

    Obviously the money is more important to Lito than winning is. But then again, maybe when nobody else wants you, you get a job wherever you can.

  10. aec4 says: Apr 14, 2010 10:56 AM

    and the smell of burnt toast reigns over Detroit.

  11. chickenragnarpartdeux says: Apr 14, 2010 10:58 AM

    SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says:
    April 14, 2010 10:13 AM
    Lito missed the boat that day, he left the shack. But that was all he missed, he ain’t comin’ back…
    =================================
    Nice Boz Scaggs reference, but it’s Lido , not Lito……Lol

  12. Sneki says: Apr 14, 2010 11:06 AM

    Sign him…he can’t help but be an upgrade to our backfield.

  13. Grulks says: Apr 14, 2010 11:17 AM

    SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: April 14, 2010 10:13 AM
    Lito missed the boat that day, he left the shack. But that was all he missed, he ain’t comin’ back…
    =============
    Hahahaha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks of this when Lito is mentioned.
    He be making like a bee-line, headed for the borderline, goin for broke…

  14. Lou Spudhole says: Apr 14, 2010 11:27 AM

    # rickah8888 says: April 14, 2010 10:43 AM
    Just another Philly has-been, like all the others we jettison into obscurity!
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    Kinda like you did with Donovan McNabb? Lito Sheppard would be a welcome addition in Detroit. I mean, the NFC North is loaded with gun slinger QB’s. You’d be hard pressed to find another division with as many pro bowl and future pro bowl quarterbacks.
    Decent corners are now a must have in this division now. Chris Houston, Jonathan Wade, Lito Sheppard and Adam Jones. Sounds good to me.

  15. JDMP says: Apr 14, 2010 11:31 AM

    BY THE POWER OF MAYHEW!!!!!!!

  16. JDMP says: Apr 14, 2010 11:32 AM

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  17. thousandcasts says: Apr 14, 2010 11:32 AM

    Well, after seeing Philip Buchanan and Will James flopping around out there all last season and getting scorched out there every defensive series, can Lito be any worse? Doubtful. At this point, anyone is an upgrade in that secondary.

  18. MotorCityKitties says: Apr 14, 2010 11:41 AM

    We’ll take Lito and pacman, we need help, period. Draft a CB as well. If any one of them start to diva-up then cut em no questions asked. The Lions finally have a GM and the roster is reflecting that.

  19. CRM0055 says: Apr 14, 2010 11:46 AM

    LITO WHOA OH OH OH OHHHHH OHHH

  20. irishgary says: Apr 14, 2010 11:48 AM

    It will be the same old Lions. I team without a plan, just taking other teams table scraps.

  21. OC Dave says: Apr 14, 2010 12:42 PM

    We do need more depth in the backfield………………………………………………………………………………….JDMP, should we sign him?

  22. FMWarner says: Apr 14, 2010 12:50 PM

    I’d be happy to take Lito back in Philly, provided he learned a lesson about overestimating yourself after getting cut by the Jets. I wouldn’t want him starting opposite Samuel because they’re the same kind of gambling playmaker, but he’d be a great third corner if he had the humility to accept the role.

  23. mlegue810 says: Apr 14, 2010 12:54 PM

    We’re making some good moves toward becoming a middle of the pack team… I say give it 3 more drafts and we’ll be contenders for once!

  24. dsp1899 says: Apr 14, 2010 12:57 PM

    If he leaves without a contract, I want him back in Philly!

  25. doubldipp says: Apr 14, 2010 1:04 PM

    he my be good for the Lions, when he was with the Eagles Jim Johnson’s system and Brian Dawkins made him look good.

  26. ToledoLions says: Apr 14, 2010 2:46 PM

    @ doubldipp,
    Detroit has Jim Schwartz’s system (same one he used in Tennessee when they had the best defense in the league) and Delmas to help him. I’m not saying he’ll be a pro bowl CB but he will help. I mean the Lions need CB help worse than anything. With Suh and the beefed up defensive line to pressure the QB, Lito won’t be asked to do too much especially with help from Delmas over the top.

  27. tea_jaye17 says: Apr 14, 2010 8:53 PM

    irishgary says:
    April 14, 2010 11:48 AM
    It will be the same old Lions. I team without a plan, just taking other teams table scraps.
    where is that coming from, do you even follow the lions?

  28. ToledoLions says: Apr 14, 2010 11:24 PM

    @ tea_jaye17,
    Don’t mind him. His whole life consists of beating off in his moms basement and writing on every post about the Lions saying how much he thinks they suck. He knows nothing about football or life outside of his virgin cave for that matter.

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