Ah yes - the Ifseason. Where the IF is bigger than the IS, the could be more important than the will be.
In keeping with the season (and the lack of concrete Lions news until Monday) here are some more articles you may find entertaining and enlightening.
Oh yes, and throw Campbell on the "to be cut Monday list" as per Dave Birkett.
No Lions were in the top 99 for FA, but apparently that didn't stop the Sporting News from making Mike Furrey #9 on their available FA WR List. Don't get over hyped about the Lions cutting him. He is a #3 Slot/Possession WR who was set to get paid too much for that role next season. He'll be good in that role for some team, or as a #2 for a play-action passing team or a team that does a lot of short throws over the middle into traffic as Furrey has retained much of his ability to catch the ball well, but gets no YAC at this point. Chicago was listed as a possible destination, and as a better-than average blocker, he may work in their run-first and second offense. The revenge factor for him could factor in too as he is just that kind of guy.
On that list Moore, Washington, or Williams for the right price would work for me to fill the #2 slot opposite CJ.
As for Mr. DanO -- he comes in at #10 on the FA QB List. Listen, Dan could go on to a hall of fame career and he will never live down stepping out of the end zone on a piss-poor play call. Take that out of the equation, and then look at the FA QB available. How many are really that much, if any, better for the type of offense Detroit will run -- and how many have the upside of DanO, who steadily improved with each start? I would still like to see him back and under center for the Lions -- in 2009 at least. Matt Cassel (who was franchised) trade rumors are already swirling, and the Lions are being swirled in there as well. #20+2 more picks (2nd and 3rd???) for Mitchell...I mean, Cassell? I'll pass. #1 overall straight-up? I still say resign DanO or a Leftwich type of player, but it makes more sense than many things they could do with #1 overall. Can you tell me Stafford is better than Cassel? At least in Cassel you know he can do it, and can make good decisions plus has upside. He got the ball long to Moss, so he could get it long to CJ.
You'll notice I keep trying to give away #1 overall. I think it is overrated, and is actually at this point a burden to the worst team in the league. You can't trade it all, much less for anything of value, you have to try for a home run on a risky position because of the cap costs, and you end up with a rookie with a huge contract and lots of pressure. The #1 overall can't just work out, they have to practically be on a HOF career track within 3 years or they are a bust to your cap and team. So get rid of it Mayhew! Do what it takes other than giving it away, get something useful, and roll with #20 as your first round pick. Get a top player, or get a high 3rd rounder in exchange. Just let it be known you will use it if you keep it, but that a fire-sale is on and the "trade value chart" (which is a total crock at this point) has already been thrown on the inferno and is deader than disco.
This is a nice Daily Tribune article that talks about how at least this new front office is reaching out to fans, and including us in the team once again. Dare I hope more open camp times?? The insight from Jreffy's trip down there last year was great, and I'd love to see more things like that.
This is another in what is sure to be a long line of articles evaluating the QB class of the draft. Good early reading if nothing else.
This is an interesting scouting report on Andre Smith -- and while the Lions don't have OT on their list of needs, I've seen several places where he is also projected to be a high-caliber player at OG in the NFL, not just OT. A guy you're going to play at OG #1 overall?? Well, I guess it depends on if he is also the present to improve your OG play by a huge margin, as well as your future LT when your current aging guy goes in a couple of years. Worst case scenario, he pushes Backus in competition, and helps his play by having a solid OG next to him. Plus, if Backus is injured maybe the Lions will have a worthy backup on the roster for once instead of trying to live through Backus playing through injury. He was phenomenal in College when Hutch was next to him... about time to find a great OG to play next to him, don't you think? Just tossing it out there...