As the Detroit Lions look to solidify their offensive and defensive lines, there's a good chance they will sign a veteran on each side of the ball. The Lions have made it known that they'd like to add a veteran on the O-line (likely at offensive tackle), and they could probably use a veteran on the D-line at defensive end as well.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke recently took a look at the top remaining free agents and where they would fit best, and the Lions came up as an ideal fit for two players. One of them is defensive end Dwight Freeney, who has been linked to the Lions as a free agent who could bolster their depth at defensive end. The other player is offensive tackle Max Starks, who would fit the veteran with starting experience role on the O-line.
Nothing has been confirmed, but reports suggest that there is mutual interest between Freeney and the Lions. With Freeney expected to start taking visits this week, I suppose we will soon find out if the Lions truly have any interest in signing him. On the one hand, why would the Lions go out and spend money on Freeney after drafting Ezekiel Ansah and Devin Taylor? On the other hand, bringing in a veteran who could mentor the younger guys and still bring a lot to the table as a pass rusher would make a lot of sense.
As for Starks, he visited the San Diego Chargers last week and could end up joining them with a starting role in mind. If he were to land in Detroit, he would have to compete with Riley Reiff, Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard for the two starting jobs at offensive tackle. It seems like a given that Reiff will start somewhere, so there really is only one spot open. Would Starks be comfortable in a potential backup role after being a starter for so long in Pittsburgh? That remains to be seen, but I suppose the Lions could do a lot worse in the veteran offensive tackle department.
If the Lions do decide to make a move by signing a veteran free agent at both offensive tackle and defensive end, would you like to see them target Starks and Freeney?