The Lions are making calls around the league in an effort to bolster their secondary while the Browns are gauging interest in their defensive linemen, tweets Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Defensive back has been regarded as a weak spot for the Lions all offseason long and some would argue that they should have addressed that concern months ago. Detroit brought the once-notable Drayton Florence in on a deal but he was gone after just two weeks. As it stands, Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay are the projected starting cornerbacks and Detroit presumably would like someone to fill the third or fourth spot on the depth chart that was once penciled in with Florence’s name. There will be plenty of corners and safeties on the open market between now and the start of the season thanks to roster cuts, but it sounds like the Lions are inquiring about landing a DB via trade.
Meanwhile, the report doesn’t indicate which defensive linemen are being dangled by Cleveland or what the Browns hope to gain in return. It’s conceivable that the Browns would look to add another wide receiver given their lack of impressive options at the moment. Veteran Miles Austin has a track record of success, but he also has a track record of hamstring injuries. Anthony Armstrong was brought aboard for depth at wide receiver but he was axed yesterday as the Browns moved to get down to a 75-man roster.