- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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Good morning and ROOOOAAARRR!!!!
Greetings once again from Bristol, Conn., where I'll be in a bunch of meetings for part of the day and then traveling, but here's something to think about.
The Detroit Lions need help at wide receiver -- that is something that has been established over and over -- but beyond a front-line player, they need some depth to go behind Calvin Johnson and whomever ends up lining up opposite him.
Could that player be former Philadelphia receiver Jason Avant?
The possibility could be worth exploring for the Lions. Avant was released Tuesday by the Eagles after making $2.71 million against the salary cap in 2013 but was likely deemed expendable after Philadelphia brought back Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin recently. However, Avant could be a good option for the Lions, not necessarily as a starter but as someone who could be a third receiver that can step in and be an experienced starter if necessary.
Avant played 116 games in Philadelphia after being drafted by the team in 2006. He caught 297 passes for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns. As important for Detroit, he has never dropped more than three passes in a season. And he has ties to the state, having played at Michigan.
So it could be an option worth looking at.
Now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
From Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press, the Lions feel like they could draft almost anyone at No. 10.
Josh Katzenstein from the Detroit News looks at what could happen if Ndamukong Suh chooses to represent himself in contract negotiations.
Justin Rogers from MLive previews free agency with running backs.