Northcutt trade could be ominous for Ronald Curry

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Some were puzzled when the Lions traded S Gerald Alexander to Jacksonville for WR Dennis Northcutt. Hadn't the Lions already addressed their WR depth issues? Didn't they have kick-returner covered with the drafting of Derrick Williams?'s Tom Kowalski thinks something else is afoot: Perhaps another offseason WR signee is falling out of favor -- Ronald Curry.

Northcutt should have an impact on Curry because now both players are vying for the slot receiver position.

Northcutt has been productive throughout his nine-year career and also gives the Lions a presence at punt returner. Curry, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent, hasn't shown much so far in the off-season workouts and there are concerns that his speed has diminished.

While Alexander was expendable, it's unlikely the Lions would've picked up Northcutt if they had been happy so far with Curry.

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