Special relationship could lead Hargrove to Lions

It was predicted that there would be more movement with restricted free agents this year, largely because more than 200 players were snared in the switch that required players to have six years of league service to become unrestricted.

But that simply has not happened yet now 11 days away from the April 15 deadline for RFA’s to sign offer sheets from other clubs. Perhaps it will pick up, and one player to keep an eye on is versatile New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove.

An old friendship might indeed help him make the move to Motown, but it’s going to require some creative contract writing most likely. As Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News reports, Hargrove is represented by Philip Williams, who just happened to serve as the agent for Lions general manager Martin Mayhew back in his playing days. That bond right there could help make something happen for the Lions, who are looking to revamp their line and could add Hargrove and still tab a tackle with the No. 2 pick in the draft later this month.

"I probably wouldn't even be in (discussions for Hargrove) if it wasn't for my relationship with Phil," Mayhew said. "We probably would have seen (Hargrove) as a talented guy, (but) there had been enough questions where we wouldn't be at this point.

"We all have relationships and friends in this business," Mayhew said. "I have teammates that I played with that are working for other teams and have different roles or whatever, and it doesn't impact our ability to act in the best interest of our club."

The Saints tagged Hargrove at the original round level, meaning the Lions would need to fork over a third-round draft pick in the event New Orleans did not match an offer sheet. Most owners seem opposed to poison pills that have been slipped in offer sheets in the past. With no salary cap, it’s impossible to stick a team that is up against it too. Stay tuned.

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