Though the Detroit Lions have handled a lot of positions so far in free agency, Friday could be a big day for the franchise.
They might be targeting their next left tackle. They just have to get him to town first. He leads the things to pay attention to Friday for the Lions in free agency.
1. Russell Okung is supposed to visit: The gigantic left tackle has two visits scheduled Friday according to ESPN Insider Josina Anderson -- first in New York with the Giants before he heads off to Detroit to see the Lions. If Detroit were to land Okung, he would be the franchise’s biggest get in free agency. The 28-year-old Okung was a Pro Bowler in 2012 and was the former No. 6 overall pick in the draft. He has started the majority of the past six seasons as left tackle for the Seahawks. If the Lions were to land him, this could mean Riley Reiff is on the move to right tackle. Okung is representing himself and has to get out of New York to even head to Detroit, but he will be a player to watch Friday. The concern with Okung? He has yet to play 16 games in a season, so injuries are a concern and the medical evaluation could be important.
2. Rafael Bush is also visiting: He’s not the big-name safety the Lions might have wanted to land, but Bush is also expected to visit Friday according to colleague Mike Triplett. Bush was a part-time starter at safety for the Saints in 2013 and 2014, and started one game for New Orleans last season before landing on injured reserve with a chest injury. The 28-year-old Bush has played in 46 games, making 104 tackles with one interception between Atlanta, Denver and New Orleans. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound safety would be somewhat of a leap as a starter, but should be less expensive than Eric Weddle or some of the other safety options left. The Lions already signed safety Tavon Wilson, so they might be considering having the two compete for the job with Don Carey and Isaiah Johnson.
3. Other positions are starting to settle: The Lions made three late-afternoon moves Thursday, re-signing linebacker Tahir Whitehead, signing special teams ace Johnson Bademosi from Cleveland and bringing in a defensive tackle for depth -- Stefan Charles. Whitehead will likely compete with Josh Bynes for the starting middle linebacker slot next to DeAndre Levy, and Bademosi should be a core special teamer. Charles, well, he will be likely competing with Caraun Reid, Gabe Wright and any other players Detroit signs for a depth tackle spot behind Tyrunn Walker, Haloti Ngata and a defensive tackle to be named later if the team drafts one.
4. Backup quarterback still a position to watch: The Lions could still be in the market for a guy to back up Matthew Stafford. Dan Orlovsky is still an option and could make his return. The market other than Orlovsky isn’t great, but when you’re talking about a sure-fire No. 2 who will likely have to compete with a rookie, that shouldn’t be surprising.
5. Other positions to pay attention to: The Lions should eventually be in the market for a rotational defensive end, a tight end, potentially another receiver, cornerback and linebacker. But Friday is going to be about the offensive line and safety positions.