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Lions Not Going to Be Active in Free Agency?

Yesterday the Detroit Free Press re-ran a quote from Lions’ President Tom Lewand basically indicating the Lions won’t be active in free agency.  My response?  I don’t believe it.

First and foremost, the Lions don’t tell anybody outside their team headquarters what their plans are.  When they had the first pick in the draft in 2009 they could have announced at any point their intentions to take Matthew Stafford, but nothing came out until they had already signed him to a contract the night before the draft.

Secondly, the Lions have six picks in the 2011 NFL Draft in two weeks.  By my unofficial count the Lions are looking for at least one outside linebacker, cornerback, offensive tackle, interior offensive lineman, running back, wide receiver and safety.  More likely, they would like to get a couple linebackers and cornerbacks.  Trading down to acquire more picks is always easier said than done and remember the Lions don’t draft for need, they draft best player available.  Just because they have those needs doesn’t mean they will draft players at those positions if they aren’t the best options.  Do you really think that if the Lions come out of the draft with four or five needs unfilled that they simply won’t address them?

Lastly, if you look at Tom Lewand’s quotes he’s not really saying anything other than you can’t build a team through free agency alone.

Will the Lions be doling out huge contracts to premier players?  Probably not, but to say they won’t be active based on those quotes isn’t entirely accurate.


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