The Lions, who are looking to overhaul their defense, conducted visits with CB Adam “Pacman” Jones and DT Anthony Hargrove last week. Signings don’t sound imminent, though, as coach Jim Schwartz said Sunday the team is still gathering information on each player.
Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press that the Lions sent vice president of pro personnel Sheldon White to watch Jones work out Friday. The Lions also met with Jones, a league source told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, as one of five teams that conducted interviews.
“The one thing you want to look at is what kind of condition he’s in, what he’s been doing,” Schwartz said. “If he’s not in very good condition, then obviously, it’s not important for him to get back. But if he’s in good condition, if he’s ready to go, then that’s part of that evaluation.”
The connection is that Schwartz was the defensive coordinator in Tennessee when Jones played for the Titans in 2005-06.
The Lions have until April 15 to sign Hargrove, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet. They would owe first- and third-round picks in the event the Saints decline to match any offer. Schwartz also said he would likely play Hargrove outside on early downs before moving him inside on third downs.
“He’s still young,” said Schwartz. “I think, at some point, he’ll probably be a full-time tackle. But I think what he is now is an end that moves down into a rush role, and he can do both of those. He’s a really athletic guy. I think he would fit in both of those roles.”