With their top four players at the position set to become free agents next week, defensive tackle is currently the Detroit Lions' top need. They are hoping to re-sign Ndamukong Suh, and C.J. Mosley and Andre Fluellen could both be back as well. Nick Fairley is unlikely to return, though, meaning the Lions will likely need to add at least one starting-caliber player at this position.
Although free agency doesn't begin until March 10, it appears the Lions have already started the process of looking for extra depth at defensive tackle. I say that because free-agent defensive tackle Kendall Langford is visiting the Lions on Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas. Langford was released by the St. Louis Rams last Thursday as a cap casualty, meaning he is getting a head start on free agency.
Langford, a former third-round pick, played for the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11. In 2012, he joined the Rams on a four-year deal worth $22 million. Langford started every single game in his first two seasons with the Rams, but he only made four starts last year with first-round pick Aaron Donald quickly passing him on the depth chart.
Since Langford was set to make $6 million this year, the Rams decided to release him. The Lions quickly set up a visit with Langford following his release, but they aren't the only team interested in him.
Kendall Langford has "several" visits set up, so we'll see what if anything comes out of his trip to Detroit today— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 2, 2015
Langford only had 25 tackles and 1.0 sack last season, but he recorded 49 tackles and 5.0 sacks in 2013. Given the Lions' situation at defensive tackle, Langford could be an attractive option for them, especially if Suh ends up signing elsewhere.