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Lions working toward new deal with Eric Wright

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson cannot catch the ball against the defense of the Detroit Lions cornerback Eric Wright (L) in the first half during their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin 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.

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15 Responses to “Lions working toward new deal with Eric Wright”
  1. cwroses1983 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    The Lions should bring him back for cheap if they can, however they do need to bring back tulloch. whatever he wants they should pay him. then draft a cb in the first round as well as picking up finnegan. If cliff doesnt want to be franchised then we should say bye bye to him

  2. noeffinway says: Feb 27, 2012 12:27 PM

    Mayhew is the man! Should have been GM Of The Year!

  3. ballboy48 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:31 PM

    Seriously! This dude isn’t that good! He got smoked against Boldin when he was with Cleveland!

  4. detroitkitty says: Feb 27, 2012 12:33 PM

    Wright is a solid corner and a great tackler – something the modern cornerback isn’t exactly known for. I’m not going to go overboard about how great he is but he was a good addition for us last year and I hope he stays.

  5. ajknox88 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:45 PM

    he is a good fit with the way Detroit plays their corners. good that they’re bringing him back.

  6. wecomefromthestars says: Feb 27, 2012 12:56 PM

    Priority List

    1. Lock up Coo Coo Cal
    2. Re-sign Tulloch
    3. Avril
    4. Draft O-line help, now.

    all else is periphery. I do love Eazy-E, though. Let’s pay this man, before he catches an Attitude.

  7. tropboi11 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:10 PM

    Brandon Carr is coming to Tampa so you can forget about him.

  8. detroitrollin22 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:18 PM

    I cant wait until Free Agency and the Draft!!!!!

  9. kmart0319 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:49 PM

    Wright getting burned by Santonio Holmes with the pulled groin was hysterical. All you need to know about “Toast” Wright.

  10. blacknole08 says: Feb 27, 2012 2:42 PM

    Eric Wright is a decent corner, but the Lions really need to invest in a corner like Cortland Finnegan. His personality and attitude would make the Lions defense nastier.

  11. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Feb 27, 2012 2:48 PM

    Aaron Rodgers will be delighted to hear this news.

  12. jbmartindale says: Feb 27, 2012 2:59 PM

    He struggled at nickle back. That’s a totally different position then CB.

  13. mjkelly77 says: Feb 27, 2012 2:59 PM

    Mayhew pulled Wright out of Cleveland’s trash can. Wright should be grateful for that. I think he’ll play even better when the Lions bring him back.

  14. godfatherd says: Feb 27, 2012 5:00 PM

    I actually liked Wright at the start of the season but the last few weeks he looked awful. This is going to have to be an extremely team friendly deal for me to like it.

  15. slowclyde86 says: Feb 27, 2012 5:44 PM

    He’s really not very good. Makes way too many critical mistakes.

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