With cornerback Bill Bentley on injured reserve with a torn ACL, the Detroit Lions are expected to sign a defensive back this week to bolster their depth in the secondary. On Wednesday, however, no moves involving cornerbacks were made. Instead, the Lions signed offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds, who will help fill in for Corey Hilliard after Hilliard suffered a season-ending foot injury.
Once Hilliard officially goes on injured reserve, the Lions will likely make their move to add a cornerback. For now, though, it appears they are busy weighing their options. They could simply sign Mohammed Seisay off their practice squad, or they could add Champ Bailey, Roc Carmichael or Tommie Campbell, who all worked out for the team last week.
Another option for the Lions is to sign cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who worked out for them on Wednesday, according to Dave Birkett. Patterson has played for numerous teams since entering the NFL in 2005, and he made four starts for the Miami Dolphins last season. Most recently, he was with the New York Jets, but they released him at the end of August following a bizarre situation where he allegedly went AWOL from the team.
Given how Patterson's time with the Jets ended, it would be understandable if the Lions are a bit hesitant to sign him. Then again, he did receive a +5.0 grade from Pro Football Focus for his six games with the Dolphins last season, so perhaps he would be a good addition to the Lions. It's not like they have a ton of depth at cornerback right now, which is why they haven't ruled out signing someone like Bailey.
It's unclear at this time what exactly the Lions are planning to do at cornerback, but I would expect a move to be made in the next 24 hours.