PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Detroit Lions will return 21 of their 22 starters from last season's 10-6 team. The one exception is at cornerback, where Eric Wright grabbed a lucrative five-year contract from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the opening stages of free agency.
So being the Negative Nancy I am, I asked coach Jim Schwartz to outline his plans at the position. (FYI: Negative Nancy is Nervous Nellie's second cousin.) Schwartz said that "everybody" on the roster is a candidate to replace Wright and indicated the personnel additions in the defensive backfield might not be finished. But Schwartz did speak highly of free-agent acquisition Jacob Lacey, who spent three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and did not receive a restricted free-agent tender from the rebuilding team.
"Lacey went under the radar as a signee," Schwartz said. "He's done some good things in his career. We see a good fit and we're excited to work with him."
Oft-injured nickelback Aaron Berry would also seem to be a candidate for the job, but I would have to think cornerback -- and perhaps safety -- remain high on the Lions' wish list as the draft approaches.