INDIANAPOLIS _ Not surprisingly, Lions coach Jim Schwartz mostly dodged the question about the possibility of free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan coming to Detroit.
Speaking at the NFL Combine, Schwartz said the Lions, who have some cap issues and key free agents such as Cliff Avril and former Titan Stephen Tulloch, need to work on keeping their own players, but after that, the team “would be open” to looking at players from the outside for players that fit their scheme.
In regards to Finnegan specifically, Schwartz said he would be evaluated if he get to the open market. Schwartz can't say much on the matter, because even though Finnegan can be a free agent on March 13, he is still under contract to Tennessee until then.
“We haven’t gone all in on any one person. We haven’t also discounted any player or person," Schwartz said. "Anybody that fits our scheme, anybody that makes sense for us, we’ve done a good job of evaluating those guys. If Cortland ends up being one of those, then we’ll be in that position with him.”
Finnegan's agent, Terry Watson, is scheduled to meet this weekend with Titans general manager Ruston Webster here to discuss the Titans and Finnegan.
A league source tells TitanInsider that the Lions would be among the teams that would strongly covet Finnegan if he reached free agency and the team can get its cap situation in check.