Lions working toward new deal with Eric Wright

Reuters

Eric Wright hasn’t gotten as much attention as Cliff Avril with free agency approaching, but the Lions are working to keep the cornerback off the open market.

The team met with Wright’s agent on Saturday in Indianapolis to discuss a new contract. No offer was put on the table, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press reports that both sides would like to get a deal done before free agency opens next month. Wright started all 16 games for the Lions in 2011 and intercepted four passes.

The Lions secondary got torched in the playoff loss to the Saints, making it a focus of attention as the offseason gets underway. They are looking to trade Alphonso Smith and have been linked with Cortland Finnegan, Brandon Carr and other potential free agent cornerbacks, but getting one of them while keeping Avril and/or linebacker Stephen Tulloch won’t be easy.

Re-signing Wright to team with Chris Houston and a healthy Aaron Berry isn’t a perfect solution, but it would allow them to add help at corner in the draft while using their money to shore up other spots this offseason.