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Report: ‘Strong possibility’ Detroit Lions pursue Byron Jones in free agency

More rumors and reports from this weekend’s NFL Combine involve the Detroit Lions and their defensive backfield.

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With the dust hardly settled on the NFL Combine, rumors and reports emerging from this past weekend’s events keep on coming.

On Monday, rumors of the Detroit Lions being one of many teams interested in free agent cornerback Chris Harris Jr. surfaced—someone the team has been interested in since last October’s trade deadline.

According to a report from ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler, the Detroit Lions are among potential suitors for cornerback Byron Jones.

Along with the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos, the Lions are considered a strong possibility to sign the former Dallas Cowboys corner when free agency begins later this month. Jones, according to the story from Graziano and Fowler, is likely to be too costly for the Cowboys to re-sign at the $17 million price tag he’s reportedly seeking.

Detroit’s situation at cornerback has been precarious since the beginning of the offseason. The ongoing saga between the team and Darius Slay—and their negotiations for a long-term extension—have been a topic of discussion since Fowler reported there was an expectation that Slay would re-enter trade talks if the two were unable to reach an agreement back in February.

Also tucked into this report about Jones is the Broncos interest in fortifying their own depth chart at cornerback. As the team expects to lose Harris Jr. in free agency, the Broncos are reported to not only be a potential landing spot for Jones, but a trade partner for Slay.

The entire report can be read here (ESPN+ required).

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