A free agent frenzy is expected to occur shortly after the lockout is lifted for good, and Lions cornerback Nathan Vasher is happy to have avoided it, reports Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
“Just like any other free agents that are out there right now, it’s a good thing,” said Vasher, who signed a one-year extension in March. “It’s one thing I don’t have to deal with right now.”
The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Vasher was a 2004 fourth-round pick out of Texas by the Bears. After six seasons with the Bears, two (2007/2008) shortened by injury, Vasher was released and signed by the Chargers. Waived by the Chargers at the end of training camp, Vasher was signed by the Lions in Week 2.
In 14 games in Detroit, Vasher totaled 19 tackles, one interception, and five passes defensed. 15 of Vasher’s tackles, as well as his interception and pass break-ups, came as a starter over the final four weeks of the regular season.
Detroit did not address the secondary in the 2011 NFL Draft, and may lose Chris Houston, Brandon McDonald, and Tye Hill to free agency if pre-2010 rules guide free agency in the first year of a new collective bargaining agreement.
The Lions are expected to be active to address the cornerback position in free agency, and while more recognizable names like Nnamdi Asomugha and Antonio Cromartie are mentioned, Johnathan Joseph (Cincinnati) is the kind of big, physical cover corner Jim Schwartz may prefer.