There's many moving parts to the free agency period, and March signals the beginning in earnest for wheeling and dealing to keep what is desired from reaching the open market. For the Lions, who just tendered contracts to all six of their exclusive-rights free agents, there are certainly pieces on the radar that fit new general manager Bob Quinn's blueprint for the future. One such piece appears to be defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker, who is reportedly on his way back to Detroit and is expected to re-sign with the team shortly.
The Detroit Free Press's Dave Birkett had the report on Thursday:
DT Tyrunn Walker is on a plane right now to Detroit. Pending some language issues, he's expected to re-sign with the Lions today.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 3, 2016
The report was picked up and run with by several other Detroit-area beat reporters and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Dave Birkett's report for the Free Press indicates that this should be a one-year deal with the Lions.
Walker's return to the team was expected and his re-signing is certainly welcome. We here at Pride Of Detroit profiled him in February and believed a re-signing was imminent. He played on a one-year contract in 2015 in hopes of earning a longer term deal, but injuries suffered in that season seems have disrupted those plans.
Focus among free agent defensive player signings now turns to Haloti Ngata, his fellow defensive tackle. Detroit acquired Ngata from Baltimore during in the 2015 offseason. Contract extension negotiations reportedly broke down before the season began. However, Dave Birkett believes that Ngata should be back with the team. For now, Walker's expected return will add some stability to the line.