Having taken care of quite a few of their own free agents on Friday, the Detroit Lions turn their focus back to the rest of the league this weekend. Detroit will play host to two sought-after free agents over the next two days: offensive tackle Russell Okung and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.
According to Adam Schefter, the Lions will meet with Okung on Saturday. The former Seahawks left tackle finished a meeting with the Bears on Friday, but left without a deal in place. The 49ers are also in the Okung race, but have yet to lock down a meeting. Okung does not have an agent, so he has been representing himself.
UPDATE: According to Mike Silver of Sports Illustrated, Okung met with the Lions and it went quite well:
Seattle, San Francisco and NY Giants also in mix, but Okung had a productive visit with Lions and may sign soon...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 12, 2016
Silver now believes the Lions are the favorite to sign Okung.
The situation is a bit more complicated with Hicks, as there are varying reports on the Lions' interest in him. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that the Lions are very close to signing the defensive tackle.
Jets working out a contract with DL Jarvis Jenkins. Lions working to secure DL Akiem Hicks. Both deals likely to get done— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2016
However, Greg Gabriel, the former director of scouting for the Bears, says those reports are false and that Hicks was still on his way to visit the Bears when La Canfora's tweet was sent. Dave Birkett concurs:
Akiem Hicks hasn't even made his visit to the Bears yet because of travel hiccups. Gets in tonight. Lions still on hold— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 11, 2016
Regardless, it appears the Lions' interest in Hicks is very serious, which is interesting considering the Lions have already signed three defensive tackles during free agency (Tyrunn Walker, Haloti Ngata, Stefan Charles).
Additionally, the Lions hosted safety Rafael Bush on Friday. While initially no reports emerged on how the visit went, Detroit has signed the veteran safety.