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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Lions getting busy

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

It looks like Detroit is getting a head start on its offseason makeover.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Lions are close to acquiring defensive tackle Corey Williams from Cleveland for a low-round draft pick. Williams will undergo a physical Friday before the deal can become official.

NFC North fans will remember Williams from his time in Green Bay from 2004-07. He collected seven sacks in 2007, after which the Packers named him their franchise player and ultimately traded him to the Browns.

Williams had 4.5 sacks in 32 games for the Browns, but there is little doubt he represents an upgrade over the atrocious interior defense the Lions have played for the past two seasons. At 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, he is a necessary big body and would team up well with either of the top two defensive tackles in the draft, Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.

On the other hand, Williams could relieve some pressure for the Lions to draft either player if they believe they can get more value by trading the No. 2 pick.

I've maintained for some time that the Lions' defensive line might be the team's most needy position. Williams is not a world-beater, but his acquisition would be an appropriate start to their offseason.