Setting up Lions free agency, Day 2

March, 12, 2014
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Free agency is less than 24 hours old and the Detroit Lions' board of potential targets has already changed dramatically.

Some spots, like wide receiver, still offer a plethora of options. Others, like at safety, see a much thinner market than there was 24 hours ago.

To remember what it was like before free agency started, here’s the offensive and defensive primers from Tuesday before 4 p.m.

QUARTERBACK:
What’s changed: Not much. None of the potential targets are off the board.

Who are those targets again: Shaun Hill, Luke McCown and maybe Curtis Painter.

Could something happen Wednesday: Not likely.

RUNNING BACK:
What’s changed: Joique Bell is signed for the next three seasons and that could lead to some movement on another Lions running back, Mikel Leshoure.

Who are those targets again: Likely none.

Could something happen Wednesday: Again, not likely.

WIDE RECEIVER:
What’s changed: Golden Tate is in town on a visit. He has become the team's top overall target. The team is still in major need for wide receivers. Detroit also re-signed Kevin Ogletree to a one-year deal, so he’ll be back.

Who are those targets again: Tate is the main guy right now. James Jones is likely no longer an option for Detroit, but guys like Lance Moore, Brandon LaFell and Jacoby Jones could be available if Tate doesn’t work out.

Could something happen Wednesday: If the offer is right, it could. Tate has become a priority. He is a good fit for Detroit for many reasons, including his versatility and his ability to return punts.

TIGHT END:
What’s changed: From the Lions' standpoint, not much. Brandon Pettigrew is still out there and Owen Daniels is now on the market.

Who are those targets again: Right now, no one, although Pettigrew could end up being an option.

Could something happen Wednesday: Not likely.

OFFENSIVE LINE:
What’s changed: The Lions reportedly brought in center Phil Costa for a visit on Tuesday, so maybe the team will look to add a veteran center behind Dominic Raiola.

Who are those targets again: Still unclear, although they at least wanted to see something with Costa, the former Dallas Cowboy.

Could something happen Wednesday: Perhaps, but Costa won’t be the first priority.

DEFENSIVE LINE:
What’s changed: Willie Young is reported to be visiting Jacksonville, so there appears to be interest in him. Meanwhile, the Lions have made other positions a priority.

Who are those targets again: Right now, no one, but that could change if Young signs.

Could something happen Wednesday: Not with the Lions, but keep an eye on Young.

LINEBACKER:
What’s changed: Not much. Still not a priority.

Who are those targets again: As of now, no one publicly, although LaMarr Woodley is an intriguing option.

Could something happen Wednesday: Not likely.

CORNERBACK:
What’s changed: Alterraun Verner is off the board, signing with Tampa Bay. Charles Tillman reportedly visited the Buccaneers as well. The Washington Post is reporting Corey Graham is going to visit Washington.

Who are those targets again: Graham could be one. Rashean Mathis could end up as another.

Could something happen Wednesday: Not likely.

SAFETY:
What’s changed: A lot. T.J. Ward is in Denver. Jairus Byrd is in New Orleans. Mike Mitchell is in Pittsburgh and Donte Whitner is in Cleveland.

Who are those targets again: Chris Clemons is the top safety left and he is someone the Lions are interested in, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. If the Lions don’t nab Clemons, they could drop to the next tier, a group that would include James Ihedigbo from Baltimore, Ryan Clark from Pittsburgh and Steve Gregory from New England.

Could something happen Wednesday: Perhaps. The team is interested in Clemons and if the Lions get something done with Tate, they might try to nab a safety as well.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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