Lions looking to deal WR Williams?

As the NFL’s Oct. 14 trade deadline approaches, the most intriguing name to track just might be Detroit wide receiver Roy Williams.

Dating back to last April, when Matt Millen was the Lions general manager, Detroit shopped Williams and even proposed to Dallas a straight-up deal for defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

To other teams — and there were a handful that were interested — the Lions requested two No. 1 picks. Some teams in the league say the Lions still are shopping Williams.

But the Lions said this weekend that they are not; the only way they would deal him would be if it were a too-good-to-be-true package that provided not only future draft picks, but also benefited the team this season. Unlikely that happens, but it will not prevent teams from inquiring in the coming days.

And Detroit is in a position where it should listen. After this season, Williams is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The team already is considering slapping its franchise tag on him and then entertaining trade offers, but there will be offers that came in before then. The offers could start this week.

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