NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: Tim Shaw #59 of the Tennessee Titans reacts after making a tackle for a loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during play at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Aaron Wilson is reporting that the Detroit Lions will bring in linebacker Tim Shaw for a visit "early next week." Shaw has been in the league since 2007, and this could be why he is being looked at by the Lions:
Over the past three years, Tim Shaw has 52 special-teams tackles to rank in the top three in the NFL.— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 15, 2012
Linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba, who was recently interviewed by Pride of Detroit and is one of the top special teams players in the league, is a free agent. It's not clear if the Lions plan to bring him back or let him walk. Either way, it appears Shaw is drawing interest as a player who could come in and improve the Lions' special teams unit, which struggled mightily last season, especially after Ekejiuba suffered a season-ending injury.
Although he was born in England, Shaw actually grew up in Livonia, Michigan. He was a two-way player and set quite a few state rushing records before Kevin Grady, who went on to play at Michigan, broke them. Shaw went to Penn State and has spent time with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and most recently, the Tennessee Titans. His stint with the Titans began in 2010, so his time in Tennessee didn't overlap with Jim Schwartz's tenure as defensive coordinator.
UPDATE: Shaw's visit is reportedly set for Monday.