The Detroit Lions re-signed running back Aveion Cason and cornerback Travis Fisher today. Cason was inked to a one-year deal and Fisher to a three-year deal. Both play positions that the Lions need depth at, so these re-signings come as no surprise.
Aveion Cason has been on and off the Lions for what seems like a long. As of right now, he is set to make the team come this September as he and Brian Calhoun are the only running backs on the roster not named Kevin Jones. Although Cason will provide added depth and is very dynamic in what he can do, the Lions still are looking to sign another running back. Julius Jones did visit on Tuesday, but it isn't known if a deal will happen with him.
Travis Fisher becomes the third cornerback to join or re-join the Lions in the last week. Leigh Bodden was traded to the Lions last Friday, Keith Smith was re-signed last Saturday, and Fisher was re-signed today. What this means is that the need for a cornerback in the draft has almost been eliminated completely, or at least on the first day. Before all of these moves were made I had the Lions selecting a corner with pick #15 of the draft, but now that can be spent on another position that needs help desperately.
Even with the recent transactions made to shore up the depth at cornerback, the Lions many not be done just yet. Former Tampa Bay CB Brian Kelly was in Allen Park visiting the Lions today, and speculation suggests he may be close to signing.
Unsurprisingly, Kelly isn't the only player from Tampa Bay visiting the Lions as Buccaneers safety Kalvin Pearson was in Allen Park today as well. According to the Detroit Free Press, ESPN reported that the Lions signed Pearson to an offer sheet (he is a restricted free agent). If the Bucs don't match the three-year, $3.5 million offer, then he will become a Lion. If they do decide to match the offer, then the Lions would have to give up a draft pick to make the signing happen.
While we wait to see what happens with Pearson, the Lions did sign an offensive lineman today. Corey Hulsey, a former Oakland Raider and Buffalo Bill, was signed to a one-year deal. He played for Lions offensive coordinator Jim Colletto in Oakland (Colletto was the OL coach) during the 2005 season and was out of the NFL last season.