The Lions could use help at cornerback, but according to a newspaper report, the top player on the free-agent market at the position might be out of their price range.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions are not expected to target Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha when the lockout ends and free agency begins. Though the Lions could use a playmaker in the secondary, Asomugha's high price tag will be "too expensive" for the team, a source told the paper.
Asomugha is expected to seek a contract that would make him the NFL's highest-paid cornerback, which could mean as much as $18 million per season, the Free Press reports. The Lions are projected to have around $8 million in cap space, and could instead target other corners such as Drayton Florence, or re-sign Chris Houston.
The way we see it
A lot of people are jumping on the Detroit bandwagon, as their roster is filled with talent at several positions. There still are areas of need, however, and one of the major ones is cornerback. Asomugha obviously would be a great addition, but GM Martin Mayhew will likely have to look elsewhere to fill the need. Adding a playmaker at the position, combined with the Lions' elite defensive line, could make Detroit one of the top defenses in the NFC.