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Manuel is the Lions' latest FA target

6/2/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
I'll keep repeating this line about Detroit's efforts to improve its personnel: The team is leaving no stone unturned.

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Tuesday, the Lions agreed to terms with free-agent safety Marquand Manuel, who played for Denver last season and was in Green Bay during the 2006 season. The Lions will be Manuel's sixth team in eight seasons, but his addition poses little risk for a team that is looking for help at every position.

Detroit's crowded safety position includes rookie Louis Delmas, the No. 33 overall pick of the April draft, and three other players who have been starters in recent seasons: Gerald Alexander, Kalvin Pearson and Daniel Bullocks. Veteran Stuart Schweigert also remains on the roster after joining the team late last season. Competition, of course, makes everyone better.

Manuel isn't the player who is going to push the Lions to the Super Bowl, but he has a chance to make them better. That's been the Lions' only mantra this offseason, and it sure beats the alternative of standing pat after an 0-16 season.

I'll circle back on this topic later this week. But a quick scan of the Lions' offseason transactions reveals they have either signed, claimed or traded for more than two dozen veteran free agents as part of their short-term roster overhaul. Manuel is the latest, but probably not the last.