Adam Schefter reported late last night the Lions were among the top contenders to sign free agent safety Dashon Goldson.
Nice. Except, how would they do that? As of last night, their cap space was hovering under $6 million and Goldson will command a contract starting probably no less than $8 million.
Certainly Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand have the means to add cap space, even without working an extension for Matthew Stafford. But with so many needs, with so many good and probably less expensive safeties on the market (Glover Quin, LaRon Landry) and with their top priority being to sign Reggie Bush (no less than $4.5 million to start), the Goldson thing doesn’t pass the old sniff test — as the late, great Tom Kowalski used to say.
Would they be interested in Goldson, absolutely. He’s one of the top two safeties on the market, for sure. But unless there is some radical cap management going on behind the scenes, it’s hard to see it happening.
Remember, this is the lying season. Teams aren’t trying to advertise their free agent targets and agents, hungry to create a market for their client, will embellish the number of teams “interested” in their guys.
It makes for great chatter, but often not a lot of actual deals. Stay tuned. It’s going to be a long day.