Lions to host Rashean Mathis for visit, work out John Drew

Sam Greenwood

The Detroit Lions are reportedly taking a close look at two free agents.

Following Thursday's loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions may be planning to make some changes to their roster. We already know that they have reportedly agreed to a deal with defensive tackle Justin Bannan, and they are set to host cornerback Rashean Mathis for a visit as well, according to Adam Schefter. What's more, defensive tackle John Drew is set to work out for the team again, according to Dave Birkett.

Mathis, whose visit will take place on Saturday, is trying to find a team after spending 10 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, he made 4 starts in 12 games for the Jaguars, and he had 20 tackles and 5 passes defended. Over the course of his career, he's started 129 total games, and he was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2006.

Drew is the undrafted free agent from North Carolina Central who nearly signed with the New England Patriots and worked out for the Lions before the start of training camp. With Bannan reportedly set to join the Lions, it's not clear if they are looking at adding Drew as well or if they are simply seeing if he could be a potential injury replacement should someone go down in the future.

The Mathis visit is definitely the more interesting piece of news considering he has so much starting experience. If he is signed, it would be an indication that the Lions aren't happy with their cornerbacks, and perhaps he could give someone like Ron Bartell competition for a spot on the roster.

UPDATE: The Lions are going to work out an offensive tackle on Saturday as well.

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