Lions hoping to bring CB Eric Wright back

The focus in Detroit has been on what the Lions are going to be able to get done with Calvin Johnson for a long-term deal and how they will be able to keep Cliff Avril.

But the Lions are in a tough spot in the secondary, where they can’t afford to lose quality players, and the hope is that cornerback Eric Wright can be re-signed. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the club met with Wright’s agent Tony Fleming at the NFL Scouting Combine but no proposals were exchanged.

Wright was the only defensive back to start all 16 games and he is set to become an unrestricted free agent March 13. The 26-year-old could command decent interest on the open market. Some have linked the Lions to Cortland Finnegan, who will hit the open market, but with the cap situation the Lions are in, it’s a little hard to figure how they’ll be in play for the Tennessee Titan.

“(Wright) had a solid season for us,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said, per Birkett. “We were happy with his performance. He can obviously perform better. Most of our guys can. But we’re also going to work on trying to get him back.”

The Lions also would like to re-sign linebacker Stephen Tulloch. There’s a lot of work to do.

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