The Detroit Lions were never linked to cornerback Brandon Carr like they were with Cortland Finnegan, but because Carr is from the state of Michigan, he was often mentioned as somebody they should make a run at in free agency. Like with Finnegan, it doesn't appear that the Lions expressed much interest because of the price tag on them. Finnegan got a five-year, $50 million deal from the St. Louis Rams, and Carr's deal with the Dallas Cowboys is almost exactly the same.
Cowboys sign CB Brandon Carr to a 5-year, $50.1 million deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2012
Once again, a free-agent cornerback was out of the Lions' price range. Finnegan was not a realistic option, and neither was Carr. Hell, even re-signing Eric Wright wasn't a realistic option when you consider that he got a five-year, $37.5 million deal from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It appears cornerbacks are highly valued on the market this year, which I guess makes sense considering the NFL has become such a passing league.
Like last summer, the Lions may be better off waiting for the dust to settle and making a signing with better value than what we have seen with some of these deals.