Lions | Millen Discusses Law - from www.KFFL.com Thu, 12 May 2005 05:20:15 -0700
Curt Sylvester, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions team president Matt Millen confirmed the team had a free agent visit with CB Ty Law (Patriots) Tuesday, May 10. "We had him in yesterday," Millen said Wednesday, May 11. "I met with him for most of the morning and into the afternoon. We gave him a physical, just wanted to see where he's at physically and just let him know we're interested when he's ready to go." Millen said they would continue to monitor Law's progress.
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Lions interested in picking up former U-M cornerback Law
May 12, 2005
One enforcer in the Lions' defensive secondary apparently is not enough for team president Matt Millen.
Millen, who signed safety Kenoy Kennedy as an unrestricted free agent in early March, has taken an interest in former New England cornerback Ty Law, a four-time Pro Bowl player considered one of the toughest, most physical corners in the NFL.
"We had him in yesterday," Millen said Wednesday. "I met with him for most of the morning and into the afternoon. We gave him a physical, just wanted to see where he's at physically and just let him know we're interested when he's ready to go."
Law, 31, who played at Michigan, broke his left foot in October, had surgery in January and, in the process, missed out on the Patriots' third Super Bowl championship run in four years. He was released by the Patriots in the off-season for salary cap reasons.
"He's just starting to run now," Millen said. "He's got some work ahead of him. We'll have to monitor it but I'd be very interested in him.
"You know the rule I always go back to -- you can never have enough corners. It's so true. Every time you turn around somebody gets hurt."
It was generally assumed the Lions were set in their defensive secondary after signing Kennedy, who is known as one of the hardest-hitting strong safeties in the NFL.
Dre' Bly, a two-time Pro Bowl player, and Fernando Bryant, who missed six games last year with an ankle injury after being signed as a free agent, were expected to be the starting cornerbacks with Keith Smith, Chris Cash, Andre Goodman and rookie Stanley Wilson competing for nickel and dime positions.
If the Lions were to sign Law, it's conceivable that one of the corners might compete with veteran Terrance Holt for the free safety assignment.
The Lions are one of at least five teams reportedly interested in signing Law. The other four are the New York Jets, Miami, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, with the Jets considered the team most likely to be bidding against the Lions.
Battle of the QBs
Quarterback Joey Harrington will take a break from the Lions' off-season conditioning program, but he won't be getting away from football.
Harrington is scheduled to join six current and four former NFL quarterbacks in the 2005 EA Sports NFL Quarterback Challenge taking place Friday in Fort Lauderdale. Harrington, Drew Brees of San Diego, Jake Delhomme of Carolina, Matt Hasselbeck of Seattle, Byron Leftwich of Jacksonville, Carson Palmer of Cincinnati and last year's NFL offensive rookie of the year, Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh, will compete in four skill competitions -- accuracy, speed and mobility, long distance throwing and "no huddle." NFL receivers Torry Holt of St. Louis, Joe Horn of New Orleans, Chad Johnson of Cincinnati and Keenan McCardell of San Diego will catch passes in the "no huddle" competition, a timed event.