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Lions rumors: Detroit interested in Ace Sanders?

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Are the Detroit Lions looking at signing former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver/returner Ace Sanders?

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The Detroit Lions no longer have an open roster spot after signing cornerback R.J. Stanford, but that doesn't mean that additional moves won't happen. The Lions will likely continue to tinker with their roster as training camp gets rolling, especially with players at the bottom of the roster.

If the Lions make any changes to their roster in the future, might they decide to add wide receiver/returner Ace Sanders? He was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month and went unclaimed on waivers, but the Lions are one of three teams with interest in him, according to National Football Post's Aaron Wilson.

Sanders has drawn interest from NFL teams who are looking into his play and character, including the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins, according to sources.

No deal is imminent for Sanders as training camps get started around the league.

Sanders had a pretty solid rookie season after being a fourth-round pick in 2013, catching 51 passes for 484 yards and one touchdown. Last year, however, after opening 2014 with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Sanders only had six catches for 55 yards. As a punt returner, he averaged 6.4 yards a return over his two seasons in Jacksonville.

Given his suspension last year, I have a tough time believing the Lions are all that interested in Sanders. Having a player like him to compete in training camp on offense and special teams could potentially be useful, but do the Lions really need a 5-foot-7 receiver with character concerns? Adding a player like Sanders just wouldn't fit with how the Lions have operated since hiring Jim Caldwell last year.