The Lions were among four teams bidding on Ravens cornerback Corey Graham when he was a free agent last offseason. He chose the Ravens over Detroit, Chicago and Seattle.

He was looking for two things — a chance to play cornerback (he was viewed strictly as a special teams player by former Bears coach Lovie Smith) and a chance to make it to the Super Bowl.

"I felt like I could definitely have the opportunity to play in Detroit, I just didn't know if it would have been the best situation," Graham said. "I looked into everything. I wanted to play on defense and that was probably the most important thing. Financially you wanted to get the best situation also. I wanted to go to a competitive place.

"Don't get me wrong, Detroit had an up-and-coming team. They made the playoffs (in 2011). When it came down to it, I just felt like Baltimore was a better situation financially and as a team."

Graham became a starter in Week 10 for the Ravens. He had two interceptions off Peyton Manning in the AFC title game.

"When you go to an organization and you see the way they do things in Baltimore, this is a top of the line organization. It's tough to compete with Baltimore," Graham said. "I couldn't tell you exactly what Detroit is missing. You just know it when you see it. They had done well and they have a bunch of young talent, but it's just different. You can't really call out exactly what they're missing. I had a sit down here in Baltimore with the head coach and I thought this was a better situation."

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