Friday, July 29, 2011
Scramble'11: Lions' CB conundrum
By Kevin Seifert
Will Eric Wright be this season's Chris Houston? That comparison came to mind Friday morning when it became clear that Wright and the Detroit Lions had agreed to terms on a one-year contract.
Like Houston, Wright was a full-time starter throughout his tenure with his original team. And like Houston, that original team was willing to part ways with him. The Lions got Houston for a swap of draft picks. Wright was an unrestricted free agent whom the Cleveland Browns weren't interested in re-signing.
Coach Jim Schwartz emphasized Thursday that the Lions' player acquisitions would continue well into training camp and cautioned against drawing any conclusions based on the roster they take into the final days of July. But for now, at least, Wright is the only cornerback the Lions have acquired for a position that was arguably their biggest need entering the offseason.
Wright had some decent seasons with the Browns, combining for seven interceptions in 2008 and 2009, but struggled in 2010. He chose the right team to sign with if he's looking for an opportunity to rehabilitate his career.
Back in April, after they failed to draft a cornerback or a starting-caliber linebacker, the Lions noted that there were many other avenues available for filling their remaining roster holes. It's only fair to allow the process to play out, but after the first few days of the free-agent frenzy, the Lions' acquisitions -- Wright and linebacker Justin Durant -- have been underwhelming.