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Lions Notes: The Curse of Bobby Layne

  • Middle linebacker free agent Al Wilson visited the Detroit Lions last week and his agent said it was a "good visit."  Wilson will look around to see if any other teams are interested in him besides the Lions, but Detroit will have to ask itself how interested they are in the former Bronco.  Wilson may be healthy now, but that doesn't mean he will be able to play a full 16-game season.  Neck injuries are especially tough to come back from, so the Lions would have to be absolutely sure signing him would be worth it before making any moves.

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  • Jon Machota strongly suggests to the Lions that they do sign Al Wilson as he believes no one on the roster is qualified to be a starting middle linebacker in the NFL.

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  • Al Wilson isn't the only veteran MLB that is a free agent.  The Miami Dolphins released Zach Thomas last week and I personally think the Lions would be better off signing him.  He did miss most of last season due to lingering effects of a concussion he got in a car accident, but that is much easier to come back from than a neck injury.  Although I would love to see Thomas in a Lions uniform, any discussion about him coming to Detroit really is nothing more than a pipe dream as the Patriots are showing a strong interest in him and he likely will end up in New England.

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  • Tom Kowalski examines the possiblity that Bobby Layne put a 50-year curse on the Lions.  Thankfully, if the curse did actually exist it has run its course by now.  Super Bowl anyone?  Ok, maybe I went too far.

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  • Leland Melvin, a former Lions receiver that had no real NFL career, is out of this world.  Literally.

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  • Former Lions running back Brock Olivo is may be thinking about running for Congress.