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Lions, Redding Getting Close to Deal?

Since the Lions franchised defensive tackle Cory Redding, we haven't really heard all that much about the situation.  With being franchised, Redding will have to sign with the Lions if he wants to play football this season.  After months and months of no real progress, Redding and the Lions finally appear to be ready to make a deal.

The Lions and their franchise player, defensive lineman Cory Redding, are working toward a long-term contract in advance of Monday's deadline.

"We've been in constant communication," said Redding's agent, Kennard McGuire. "I think the mere fact that we're dialoguing speaks for itself."

The sides must reach a deal by 4 p.m. Monday or, under NFL rules, Redding cannot sign a long-term deal until after the season. He could play this year only by signing the franchise tender -- a one-year contract for $6.775 million, the average salary of the five highest-paid defensive tackles in the league last season. The Lions report to training camp July 25.

"We both know what this means to both sides," McGuire said. "It's cut and dried."

At this point, it is more than just important to get Redding signed before that Monday deadline.  If Redding only signs for one season, then it'll be pretty obvious that he won't be back in Detroit after 2007.  However, if Detroit could lock him up, that would be a huge addition to the defensive line for years to come.

If a deal is imminent, I'd expect it to get done just before that deadline gets here on Monday. Negotiations are probably just really getting started, meaning Detroit may have a long road ahead of them.

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