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Lions lose Brown, could gain Holdman
(ALLEN PARK) - The Lions lost out on an opportunity to upgrade their offensive line yesterday when eight-time pro bwol guard Ruben Brown signed with the Chicago Bears. But there was a Bear in the house yesterday when linebacker Warrick Holdman, a five-year veteran from Texas A&M visited the team yesterday. Coming off an injury filled off-year, Holdman has played well in new defensive coordinator Dick Jauron's system. Holdman, 28, recorded 109 tackles in 2001, but then got in only four games due to injury after signing a bonus ladened contract with Chicago. He rebounded somewhat in 2003 with 71 tackles but his production was not what GM Jerry Angelo expected and was a salary cap casualty this offseason. Holdman would be a candidate to fill the linebacking position vacated by Barrett Green who signed with the New York Giants. Also visiting was Micheal Barrow, formerly of the New York Giants. While Barrow doesn't fit the under-30 profile the Lions prefer, he is productive. Last year, the 6-2, 245 middle linebacker recorded an astounding 150 tackles including 113 solo at age 32. The native of Homestead, FL would have to play out of position or Detroit would be forced to move 31-year old Earl Holmes outside. Ideally, Holdman would be the better fit and with a dwindling linebacker market, Detroit needs to get him signed to a contract or be forced to go with two young starting linebackers. Boss Bailey will be entering just his second year in the NFL. Holdman has already visited Washington and Cleveland. Detroit is believed to have offered Holdman a two-year contract.
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