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Monday, February 16, 2009
Some traction for the Lions

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Detroit is a third of the way to its pre-market goal.

General manager Martin Mayhew said last week that he was working toward signing three of the Lions' pending free agents before the market opens Feb. 27: Placekicker Jason Hanson, fullback Moran Norris and guard Stephen Peterman. Monday, the Lions agreed to terms with Peterman on a five-year, $15 million contract that includes $5.5 million in guarantees.

Peterman, who became a full-time starter last season, presumably fits in as the Lions' right guard. His signing gives Detroit the beginnings of a foundation on the offense line; Peterman and right tackle Gosder Cherilus, a 2008 first-round draft choice, could man the right side for years to come.

Meanwhile, the Hanson negotiations might have been complicated a bit when Cincinnati applied its franchise tag to kicker Shayne Graham. A long-term agreement between the Bengals and Graham would have helped solidify the market for Hanson and given both he and the Lions a better idea of his value. Graham and the Bengals are continuing to negotiate, but they haven't yet set the market.

If Hanson doesn't agree to terms by Thursday, the Lions are expected to franchise him.