The Detroit Lions will reportedly give free agent running back Steve Slaton a workout some time next week. Slaton was caught in the Miami Dolphins‘ numbers game in training camp and a potential trade to the Washington Redskins never came to fruition. As a result, Slaton is still without a job, even after working out for the Chicago Bears yesterday. The Bears opted to re-sign Kahlil Bell.
It is far from a foregone conclusion that the Lions will like what they see. Slaton’s recent history leaves a lot to be desired considering he was cut by the Dolphins, not picked up by the Redskins despite showing some trade interest and leaving the Bears workout without a contract. Slaton will likely have to prove himself alongside other running backs as the Lions have made a practice of working out a number of players at one position group. As a former college football star, Slaton still has name-recognition and the player most likely to grab headlines.
The timing is somewhat interesting considering Slaton has been available for two weeks and the Mikel Leshoure is set to return to the Lions backfield after completing his suspension. Still, at 5’9″ and 199 pounds, Slaton is a very different than Leshoure or any other running back the Lions have on the active roster. He would be most likely to fill the role left vacant as a result of Jahvid Best starting the season on the PUP list.