October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis (27) is called for pass interference while breaking up a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent CB Rashean Mathis to Visit Detroit Lions


Injuries and poor performances have forced the Detroit Lions to continually look for depth at cornerback. Last weekend the team added former 2010 third-round pick Myron Lewis and this week they swapped out Brandon King for Conroy Black in hopes of bolstering the position. The Lions might not be done.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions will take a look at veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis.

Mathis was a second-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. After ten seasons with the team, the Jags decided not to offer Mathis a new contract. He appeared in 12 games for Jacksonville last year but only four of those were starts and some local observers felt that Mathis was showing his age. The ACL tear he suffered late in the 2011 season likely had something to do with that.

All the evidence suggests there isn’t much reason to get excited about the Lions taking a look at Mathis but a look doesn’t hurt. Maybe he will show his knee is perfectly healthy and he has something left, but Lions fans should set their expectations low after hearing this report.

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