Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew raised some eyebrows a few months ago when, speaking about kicker Jason Hanson, he said the team needed to take a look at Hanson in the off-season to see where he was at.
It's been said before and warrants repeating - if the Lions are interested in getting rid of Hanson, there will be at least 12 teams eager to sign him immediately. Kickers with excellent field goal accuracy aren't easy to find, especially those with Hanson's range.
At this point, there doesn't appear to be any chance the Lions are thinking of removing Hanson, who will be entering his 19th NFL season. Based on a couple of brief conversations I've had with Hanson during the off-season, I think Mayhew's words might have stung the veteran kicker. Not in a nasty, bitter way, but it seems Hanson is very focused and eager to accept any and all challenges the Lions would like to send his way.
Hanson kicks in a dome with an improved offense that should move the ball and give him chances to put up points. Hopefully the Lions defense can keep games close so the team doesn't always need to score TDs.