Hargrove visiting Lions

Now that the first wave of free agency is over, we’re starting to see what I think might become an emerging trend.

Mike Triplett reports that New Orleans defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove will visit the Detroit Lions on Monday night and Tuesday. As a restricted free agent, Hargrove would have to give the Saints the opportunity to match any offer he receives from the Lions. If the Saints decline to match the offer, they would receive a third-round pick as compensation.

This one’s worth watching because Hargrove was a very underrated performer in New Orleans’ championship season. The Saints took a shot on Hargrove, who had some problems early in his career, and he responded by giving them valuable depth at defensive end and tackle. He could even be a candidate for a starting position next season.

Like I said, this might be a sign of things to come because the Saints have a bunch of quality restricted free agents. Running back Mike Bell already has drawn some interest and players like receiver Lance Moore, who weren’t hit with high tenders, also could attract some attention.