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Monday, March 24, 2014
Lions on list for best free agents left

By Michael Rothstein

As free agency begins to hit its third week, colleague Field Yates took a look at some of the best remaining free agents available Insider and where they could potentially fit.

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The one Lions player that made the list is quarterback Shaun Hill, who likely joins Mark Sanchez as the best quarterback available now that Michael Vick has signed with the Jets and Matt Schaub has been traded from Houston to Oakland. And it is possible Hill is going to be in demand, as he met with the St. Louis Rams last week. He left without a deal, and he's been in discussions with the Lions to potentially return.

That he hasn't joined either club could mean he's searching for something else as well.

Yates has the best fit for Hill to be in Chicago with an alternative fit in St. Louis. Nothing about Detroit, which would then be hunting in the sparse veteran quarterback market if it can't land Hill. Among those options could be Luke McCown, who worked with Joe Lombardi in New Orleans last season.

He also has Detroit with a best fit for a safety among his best available list, but not who one might think.

He doesn't have James Ihedigbo, who appears to be the top target for the team, on his best available list. He does have the two other Detroit targets, Chris Clemons and Thomas DeCoud, on the list and says DeCoud would fit the Lions well.

"DeCoud would represent a quality option to replace Louis Delmas, now a Miami Dolphin, and give Detroit a physical presence in the back end," Yates wrote. "He's not an overly rangy safety, but he has good ball skills when he can get to the point of the catch."

It would seem like Detroit would still be waiting on Ihedigbo, as that familiarity factor of having played under Teryl Austin in the past might play a factor in the team being more interested in him than Clemons or DeCoud.