If you were listening closely to Martin Mayhew — though admittedly the Lions general manager speaks softly, and not very often — you already knew where he was headed this offseason.

He was headed out to do what he should've done a year ago.

After standing pat last season, and paying the price with a 4-12 finish that should've put everyone's job in jeopardy, the Lions vowed this winter to be "selectively aggressive" again in free agency, just as they were in 2010 and 2011. And they practically trumpeted their intentions to add playmaking talent to both backfields — on offense and defense.

So it really shouldn't come as a surprise that two of the more versatile players fitting that description on the market, which officially opened for business Tuesday afternoon, quickly emerged as the prime targets for the Lions.

Running back Reggie Bush, the veteran, all-purpose star who spent the last two seasons for the Dolphins, and safety Glover Quin, one of the leaders of the Houston Texans elite defense, flew to Detroit on Tuesday night to visit the Lions at their Allen Park facility today. For both players, it's their first scheduled free-agent visit, and as this courtship game goes, the Lions hope it's the last for each of them.

Their fans should, too. Because a dual signing involving these two — presumably at a reasonable price, given the Lions supposed salary-cap limitations and what appears to be a buyer's market — would be an impressive start for the Lions in this critical 2013 offseason. Each was probably the second-best player available at his position at the start of free agency.