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After a busy start to free agency, the dust is starting to settle and the depth chart is taking shape. One position that is not set in stone, however, is the starting safety spot opposite of Glover Quin.

The Lions have signed free agents Rafael Bush and Tavon Wilson this off-season and not to be forgotten, Don Carey and Isaiah Johnson are expected to compete for the position and playing time as well.

The competition has already begun for the starting job. During the NFL’s spring meetings, general manager Bob Quinn that he expects Bush and Wilson to be among those competing for the starting job, as well as “anybody else we may add between now and the regular season.”

Detroit has also been actively scouring the safety market for the upcoming draft. They have privately worked out safeties Sean Davis (University of Maryland), Jayron Kearse (Clemson University), and have an upcoming meeting with Su’a Cravens (USC).

While Bush has the most NFL starting experience of the safeties on the roster (outside of Quin), he is also coming off two injury-plagued seasons, and only saw the field in one game (as a backup) last season with the New Orleans Saints.

“Rafael has played a lot of football,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press last month. “You can tell that he certainly had a real good sense of the defensive schemes that he’s been in.”

Wilson, who was a draft pick of the New England Patriots while Quinn was employed by the team, is a former second-round pick. While he struggled to see the field regularly with the Patriots defense, he carries value on special teams.

“I can see (him playing defense),” Caldwell said. “It’s going to be a very competitive situation there at that position, so he’s a guy that’s had a lot of experience in a system that certainly has proven to be very good.”

The group that they have right now has plenty of potential. But, whether or not they look to add any more players at the safety position remains to be seen.

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