Lions on Carter's radar 

April, 30, 2009
Kevin Carter would still like to get a chance to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he told friends he had a good visit Thursday with the Detroit Lions. If the Bucs don't re-sign him, he'd consider going to the Lions. Carter knows Lions coach Jim Schwartz from their days together with the Tennessee Titans, where Schwartz was defensive coordinator. Carter is also a close friend of Lions general manager Martin Mayhew. Carter won't come cheap, but he's one of the best defensive linemen on the market.

Opportunity lost: The Steelers had a visit from wide receiver Ashley Lelie, but they may not sign him. They scheduled his visit last Saturday, not figuring they would be able to get Mississippi receiver Mike Wallace in the third round. Wallace is a speedy split end who can be groomed to replace Nate Washington, who went to Tennessee in free agency. Lelie was under consideration for that role, but the Steelers may have filled it.

Foote in limbo: The Steelers aren't in any hurry to release linebacker Larry Foote now that the story of his request for a trade has become public. The Steelers had been working quietly to make a deal with the Lions, hoping to get a 2010 draft choice. No trade has been worked out, but the Steelers don't feel obliged to grant Foote his release immediately. They still want some draft choice compensation for him. If Foote goes to Detroit, he would have a good chance to be the starting middle linebacker.