Lions Free Agent Update

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions and free agent Kevin Curtis did not reach a deal during the wide receiver's visit, but team president Matt Millen did not sound discouraged.
"He left, but we're still talking," Millen said Monday night in an interview with The Associated Press.
Millen confirmed that free agent running back T.J. Duckett would meet with team officials, and said free agent wide receiver Shaun McDonald would visit the Lions on Tuesday.
The Lions have been busy this offseason, and added to their list of moves by re-signing defensive end Corey Smith to a one-year contract on Monday.
They signed free agent defensive end Dewayne White to a $29 million, five-year contract on Sunday, two days after acquiring running back Tatum Bell, offensive lineman George Foster and a fifth-round pick from Denver for cornerback Dre Bly and a sixth-round selection.
Duckett said he would fly to Detroit from San Diego on Monday to meet with the Lions before traveling Tuesday to visit the New York Jets.
"I know the Lions made a trade for a running back, so I'm curious what their plans are," he said.
Detroit also dealt defensive end James Hall to St. Louis for a fifth-round pick, giving the Lions four picks in that round -- including one from Miami from the Joey Harrington trade.
The Lions' biggest decision was giving Smith $13 million in guaranteed money, hoping he could fill a void at defensive end opposite Kalimba Edwards.
Knowing both defensive ends will need help, Detroit brought back Smith.
The unrestricted free agent had 10 tackles and two sacks in Detroit last season after signing with the team in November. In the regular-season finale at Dallas, Smith had a sack, forced a fumble and finished with two tackles and a stop on special teams in his first career start.
Smith played in 14 games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 and in 11 games for Tampa Bay the previous two-plus years, when Detroit coach Rod Marinelli was the Buccaneers' defensive line coach.
Marinelli also has ties to White from Tampa Bay, and offensive coordinator Mike Martz knows both Curtis and McDonald well because he was their head coach in St. Louis. The Lions are hoping to add a wide receiver to play alongside Roy Williams and Mike Furrey. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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