Monday, March 22, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Pacman in Detroit?
By Kevin Seifert
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two key points came out of an interview session Sunday between Detroit coach Jim Schwartz and Detroit-area reporters:
1. According to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com, the Lions are in an "information-gathering stage" on free-agent cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, who worked out Friday for them and a handful of other teams. Schwartz said Jones looked "good" in the workout, according to vice president of pro personnel Sheldon Brown, but that no decisions have been made.
Schwartz coached Jones when both were with Tennessee. But, Schwartz said, "There's more to it than that. You're not signing that guy just off his workout. There's more that needs to be done. If we cross that bridge, that will be an organizational decision."
2. The Lions are mulling whether to sign restricted free agent Anthony Hargrove to an offer sheet. Based on this account from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press, it's clear Schwartz likes the idea. He compared Hargrove to defensive lineman Kevin Carter, whom he coached in Tennessee, and said the Lions could use Hargrove at end on first and second down and then at tackle in passing situations.
Stay tuned on both fronts.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers on why he is better off playing for the Bears: "Truth be told, that's really one of the small reasons that I wanted to get out; because everybody knows your business in Charlotte. I wanted to try something different because out here in Chicago, [Michael] Jordan was here. [Scottie] Pippen was here. They've got [Brian] Urlacher. They've got hockey. They've got the baseball. In Charlotte, it was all about the Panthers. ... I live on a small town on the lake, and I mean people would get on their jet skis and just post up in front of my crib, trying to see who was there in my house." More from Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
- In his weekly mailbag, Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune writes it is "probable" the Bears will move offensive lineman Frank Omiyale to right tackle.
- Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf isn't in favor of changing overtime rules in the playoffs, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, but that could change before Wednesday's scheduled vote here.
- A senior Green Bay official told Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com that the Packers couldn't survive long term in a system without a hard salary cap.