Schwartz sees plenty to like in Hargrove

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn’t say one way or the other if the team plans to sign New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove to an offer sheet.

The restricted free agent paid a visit to the Lions last week where he got a physical and the team got the “ball rolling,” Schwartz told Tom Kowalski of

Schwartz didn’t say it’s a move the Lions are going to make, but from the sounds of things they’re definitely headed in that direction and given the state of their defensive line, you know what, it would be a good move.

“You know the guy he reminded me the most of? Kevin Carter,' Schwartz said. "He'd probably play end on first and second down and then rush from the inside on third down. He's still young. I think at some point he could be a full-time tackle.

"What he is now is an end who moves down to a rush role. He's a really athletic guy. He would fit in both of those roles.'

The trick for the Lions is going to be finding an agreement with Hargrove and crafting an offer sheet such that the Saints can’t or don’t want to match it. If the Lions sign him and the Saints decline to match the contract, Detroit would have to fork over a third-round pick. The deadline for RFA’s to sign offer sheets is April 15, a little more than three weeks away.

If the Lions were able to add Hargrove and then use the No. 2 pick in the draft on a defensive tackle, their front, with new end Kyle Vanden Bosch, would look dramatically different.

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