The Detroit Lions have lined up another big-time free agent visit. According to USA Today's Mike Garafolo, the Lions are set to host free-agent defensive end Michael Bennett. There's a caveat, though. The visit will only take place if Bennett doesn't sign with the Miami Dolphins, the team currently hosting him for a visit.
If Bennett does leave Miami without a deal, the Lions could be in position to land another high-profile free agent. Signing Bennett would be a big deal, and not just because he is a defensive end. It'd be a big deal because he's considered one of the top defensive ends on the open market.
Last season, Bennett was graded as one of the top edge defenders in all of the NFL by Pro Football Focus. PFF ranked him as the top edge defender on the open market this year, partly because he is a "force in run defense." Our own Jeremy Reisman watched some film of Bennett last week and came away quite impressed.
If the Lions do manage to land Bennett, they will have added him, Jason Jones and Glover Quin on defense. The Lions have already re-signed Chris Houston, and they are reportedly still in the mix for Louis Delmas as well. Needless to say, the changes to the defense would look quite promising, and that's with the draft still to come.