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Thoughts on Lions’ Free Agency Thus Far

As I was trying to make sense of the last 36 hours of free agency I came to a few conclusions regarding the Lions’ moves/non-moves and secrecy.  Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Stephen Tulloch:  My belief is the Lions were heavily pursuing Tulloch under the belief that Jonathan Joseph was not going to be an option.  Once the Lions determined that they were in the hunt for Joseph, they eased off the pursuit of Tulloch because Joseph was the greater need and they couldn’t sign both.  I also think that Nick Barnett is a significantly cheaper option with a minimal dropoff in talent, but obviously more of a short term solution.  My theory is the Lions have a firm offer on the table for Tulloch, but they will not get into a bidding war with the Eagles.  Tulloch prefers the Lions, but the Eagles are offering more.  That would explain Tulloch’s tweets about difficult decisions as well.

Nick Barnett: Nick Barnett is an interesting option for the Lions for a number of reasons.  First, he’s much better suited for the 4-3 than the 3-4 the Packers have played.  Second, Barnett played OLB in college but MLB in the pros, so his signing wouldn’t require the Lions to move Levy to the outside.  Third, he’s got a huge chip on his shoulder after spending a Super Bowl season on IR and then potentially being cut.  The downside with Barnett is his age (30 years old) and his recent injury history (missed 19 games the last three seasons.)  Killer Kowalski believes the Packers are making every attempt to trade him rather than cutting him now that they know he’s on the Lions’ radar.

Jonathan Joseph: The Lions were rumored to be front runners for Joseph on Wednesday night, but obviously Houston ended up landing him.  I think the Lions made an aggressive attempt but would not mortgage the future on him, so they bowed out.  As much as I like Joseph, I fully support the Lions not busting the bank for him.

Justin Durant: The Durant signing has little to no impact on Tulloch’s status as the Lions are ideally looking for two linebackers.  Durant is a very talented player, but he has missed 14 games over the last four seasons so injuries are a concern for him.  I like the move for the Lions, he’s an inexpensive upgrade with a lot of potential.

Eric Wright: Eric Wright is a great pickup for the Lions, and it might prove to be one of their best moves this offseason.  Eric Wright has tons of talent but struggled with consistency with the Browns.  In his four years there, he had three different defensive coordinators, three different defensive backs coaches and two different head coaches.  The Browns also didn’t have a pss rush, which hung their defensive backs out to dry (Lions fans have no idea what that looks like <eye roll>.)  Wright will benefit from the Lions’ coaching staff and the talent on the defensive line and has the opportunity to rejuvinate his career.

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4 Responses to “Thoughts on Lions’ Free Agency Thus Far”

  1. alvin says:

    it sucks

  2. md says:

    Anyone that knows anything about football will tell you, “it all starts on the line” the qb has injury issues and here is a Defensive minded moron throwing money on defense? this is why the lions will never win anything. and the bears, vikings are really trying to make it easy on the lions with the bonehead moves, but not helping the o-line will hurt the lions. take it to the bank!!!!

    • Md-

      The Lions offensive line actually graded out as the 12th best line iun the league as far as percentage of sacks, hurries and QB hits per dropback.

      The Lions’ offensive line is just fine starter-wise, they do need to improve their depth however.

      As far as your “defensive-minded moron” comment, that is just foolish. What have been Schwartz’s main additions to this team since taking over? 1st overall pick on a QB, then drafted a TE, signed Bryant Johnson then last year they traded for another tight end, traded up for a running back, signed Burleson and then added another WR this year and another RB. All he’s done is build the offense.

  3. damian says:

    New slogan for the Lions, Detroit Lions – Eat the Weak!

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