Roundup: Lions aim to upgrade at running back

The Lions recently signed free-agent RB DeDe Dorsey after his season in the UFL. (Thomas Witte / Associated Press)

An offseason priority for the Detroit Lions is upgrading the running game. How that plays out is anyone’s guess.

The Lions did sign free-agent RB DeDe Dorsey this week, but The Detroit News writes with Kevin Smith’s future in question after knee and shoulder injuries, the team could pursue other backs on the free-agent market.

Lions fans would love to see an experienced back enter the fray in the Lions backfield to challenge Smith, Dorsey, Maurice Morris, and Aaron Brown.

But players like [LaDainian] Tomlinson, [Willie] Parker and [Chester] Taylor don’t make much sense for the Lions.

[Martin] Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz are insistent upon building the Lions the right way. They want to do that by acquiring young, talented players through the draft and veterans that are still in the upswing of their careers.

Here’s a look at some other chatter around the Web on Sunday:

  • After a week off, Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was back at the team’s facility to study the offense with coach Todd Haley and new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.
  • While coach Chan Gaily has promised to explore options as to who will be the Bills’ starting QB, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News suggests there’s a 50-50 chance Trent Edwards will be the starter next season.
  • The Bears’ biggest needs are at safety and improving the pass rush, and the team has every reason to be bold, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Are Julius Peppers or Aaron Kampman the answer?
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