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Lions free agency rumors: An update on the defensive tackle market

Checking in on the status of free-agent defensive tackles Nick Fairley, C.J. Mosley, Stephen Paea, Jared Odrick and Kendall Langford.

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There have been a lot of developments involving free-agent defensive tackles in the last day or so. The most notable one, of course, was Ndamukong Suh deciding to join the Miami Dolphins. That was the first major domino to fall on the defensive tackle market, and there have been some other developments since then. Take a look:

Nick Fairley

The Detroit Lions were reportedly in talks with Nick Fairley over the weekend, but it's unclear if he will actually end up staying in Detroit. The Free Press' Dave Birkett reports that six teams "have expressed interest" in Fairley, so it could be a situation where he finds more money elsewhere. Since the Lions know firsthand about the concerns with Fairley's durability and work ethic, they will probably be less willing to spend a bunch of money on him than other teams.

C.J. Mosley

Fairley isn't the only Lions defensive tackle drawing interest on the open market. Also according to Birkett, C.J. Mosley has heard from three teams. His market isn't quite as big as Fairley's, but this could also be a situation where he finds more money elsewhere.

Stephen Paea

Shortly after the Suh to Miami news broke, there was a report about the Lions expressing some interest in Stephen Paea. Well, that interest turned out to be short-lived, because Paea is set to join the Washington Redskins.

Jared Odrick

The Lions were never directly connected to Jared Odrick as far as I know, but it would have made sense for them to pursue him in the wake of the Suh news. It turns out that Odrick is indeed not returning to the Dolphins, but that's because he's simply moving to another team in Florida.

So go ahead and scratch him off the list.

Kendall Langford

Finally, it seems that interest is growing in former St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Kendall Langford. Because Langford was released by the Rams, he was able to visit the Lions a week ago. Following his Lions visit, Langford was reportedly set to check in with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, and now the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts are expressing interest in him as well. Clearly his market is growing, which is bad news for the Lions.

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