NFL teams may have gained the ability to contact representatives of players set to become free agents at midnight last night, but it was a rather quiet evening.
On the Detroit Lions front, at least four teams showed interest in defensive tackle Sammie Hill. The Lions are not one of the four.
Hill is just 26-years old and has proven himself a valuable member of the Detroit Lions rotations so it is somewhat of a surprise the Lions aren’t showing interest in this early contact period prior to the opening of free agnecy on Tuesday.
However, it is important to remember that as their own free agent, the Lions have had the ability to talk with Hill and his representation about a new contract all along. Hill has developed to the point that he can take on a bigger role than the Lions can offer him (and likely at a price greater than the Lions can pay). He’s a solid player but won’t crack the starting lineup ahead of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. It is quite likely that Hill and the Lions both know where each other stand in this process. Talking with other teams will help set a market for Hill, at that point the Lions can make a decision whether or not they can make that work.
With nothing able to become official for a few more days, this is the perfect example of the wait-and-see process brought on by this early contact period.