Aside from trading for Haloti Ngata on Tuesday and re-signing a couple of their own players, the Detroit Lions haven't been very active since the start of free agency. Actually, nothing of note really occurred on Wednesday for the Lions, but there is now finally some actual news to report: Offensive guard Justin Blalock is visiting the Lions on Thursday, according to Josina Anderson.
Blalock has been in the NFL since 2007, and so far he's spent all eight of his seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. In fact, he's been a starter for the Falcons for all but three games during those eight seasons, so he brings a lot of experience to the table.
Why are the Lions interested in Blalock? With Rob Sims no longer under contract, the Lions have an opening at left guard. It's entirely possible that Sims will be re-signed at some point, but Blalock is a solid alternative considering he hasn't had a negatively graded season on Pro Football Focus since 2009. The Lions could use a veteran at the left guard position, and Blalock certainly fits that profile.
At this point, it's unclear how quickly negotiations will progress between Blalock and the Lions, but the Free Press' Dave Birkett reports that Blalock is also scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams. In other words, if the Lions really want to sign Blalock, it would be wise to get something done before he leaves town.