Few teams are as desperate to add talent to their roster as the Detroit Lions, and team president Tom Lewand says he won’t beat around the bush in free agency.
“We’ll be ready to be on the phone after midnight,” Lewand said, per Tom Kowalski of MLive.com. “We’ll see where it takes us. We’re prepared. We’ve done a good job of getting ready and we’re looking forward to it starting.”
Of course, the reality in the NFL is that if the Lions are really waiting until “after midnight,” they’re going to be well behind the many other teams that have already started communicating with players and agents.
Kowalski writes that the Lions are likely to pursue a defensive end such as Green Bay’s Aaron Kampman or Tennessee’s Kyle Vanden Bosch. Lewand can’t come right out and say he’s interested in either player because that would violate the league’s tampering rules. But if either player signs with the Lions in the wee hours of Friday morning, it’s likely that the first contact between the player and the team came before 12:01.