The Lions, a team in need of help on defense and stopping the run, may try to lure a former Buccaneer to stick around for one more season and try and help them reverse their fortunes. The St.Petersburg Times is reporting today that linebacker Shelton Quarles is getting some interest from teams around the league, and one team that is sure to make a run at him is Detroit.
The 36-year-old is not even sure he wants to play in 2007, and may decide to hang up his cleats for good, but still wants to take some time to make that decision. If Quarles decided to make a move to the Lions, he would be playing with former Bucs linebackers coach Joe Barry, who is now the Lions D-coordinator, and of course Rod Marinelli, who was Quarles’ defensive coach for some time and is now the Lions head coach.
Last season the Lions were flat out awful stopping the run, allowing teams 4.1 yards per carry and 2010 yards on the ground in 2006. They also gave up 18 rushing touchdowns. The Lions finished last season 28th in yards on defense last season, and 30th in points allowed. While Quarles would help at the linebacker spot, the Lions are also going to need big seasons from Boss Bailey and Teddy Lehman. While the team could use a player like Quarles’ leadership and experience, reports say that he does not want to leave his family in Tampa and is leaning towards retiring.