Here is a shot for a different Logo that's been floating around for a couple of weeks. Personally, I think it combines the best of both worlds -- an updated Bubbles, so to speak. Personally, I like the Lion Head that is grey with the Blue Mane on the plain silver helmet, with the full Grey Lion/Blue Mane on the Honolulu blue and silver simple uniforms.
If you look in the comments section on the last entry, you'll see I hit one right about Kwan coming back. I put my reaction down there, so check it out along with the great comments (as always!)
According to Dave Birkett, Mulitalo is expected to be a goner as well come Monday. On similar topic of free agents, here is a partial Database of potential UFA as of this date broken down by position. Shall we invite Charlie Batch back anyone? I'm sure his knee is healed by now... Heck, Joey Harrington, DanO, JT O'Sully, Garcia and Batch are all UFA this Ifseason. How about keeping Kitna and Stanton -- if they sign all of them they could have a grand Melee to see which ex-Lions QB gets to come "home" to turn around the franchise!
What does it say of the FA QB's when about 18% of the FA QB's are ex-Lions Starting QB's?? Can we say "not a great crop?" Byron Leftwich is probably my top choice on that list, although a healthy Batch was never a bad option (though not a supreme one), but he will be re-signed by the Steelers to continue to back-up Big Ben.
Darren Sproles looks to be the best of the FA RB's IMO but still isn't worth the money he will be paid, although I'd love to see him as a 3rd down back/returner for the Lions. He's going to be looking for "Franchise Back" money, although I don't think that is his most fitting role. Jacobs and Ward both tend to be nicked up all the time, and will get paid more than they should by someone looking for a piece of earth, element whatever the silly pundits nicknamed the 3 headed RB monster of the Giants backfield last season.
Thankfully, the Lions have a feature back in Smith (and I own him in my keeper league in FFB - happy reach in round 2 there that paid off). So they only need a 3rd down back/returner and/or a backup RB to play ST as well. That Marinelli crap about the backup RB not playing ST always gnawed at me. #2 RB SHOULD be a big part of ST -- just like WR#3 and 4, etc.
After what I saw last season the few times they let Felton run the ball (carrying good defenders several yards with him each time) a smart coaching staff will hopefully re-sign Moran Norris as a blocking back, and use Felton in more of the power-back change-up role with Smith --- which is something I thought they should have done way more of last season. It worked almost every time they did it. Run Smith-Smith-Pass to CJ-Smith-Smith-Felton. They did it one about 2 or 3 series, and then went away from it just as quick. Norris and TE Gaines blocking for Felton to the right behind Cherilus was a great play for the Lions all two times they tried it. I'd like to see it more in short yardage as few teams in this league have the ability to stop that play for less than a 2-3 yards minimum when executed well.
as for the WR Lance Moore showed up well for the Saints in several games, and might be a good sleeper type guy to go after for a #2. Standeford is a marginal #2, but very solid #3. Pick up an additional slot WR (technique/hands kinds of guy -- Furrey when he was fearless across the middle in 06) and they would be good with some UDFA/extra WR bodies in camp to compete.
I'd say LJ Smith for the right price at the TE slot, but the Lions already have Dan Campbell to get consistently injured, so no one I can't live without there. A 6th round choice and some FA to come in and compete with Gaines. A little work on ball security, and Gaines was not a bad TE. He was good on ST too, which helps.
At OT, it depends on what their draft plans are. With Peterson and Mulitalo both likely gone at OG the Lions will likely be using at least one round 3 pick there, and possibly a FA depending on how ready/good they feel Man-Ram is when given a chance. Several of the top OG should be there for pick 65, and OG would be a great target there. As for OT you have Backus who will look better with a Herman Johnson/Eric Wood (OG and backup/replacement center) type guy next to him, and Man-Ram on the right will be good with Cherilus already revving up to beat on some defenders. Thus, I'm afraid we won't see the early OT like I would like -- unless, like an Andre Smith he can also play Guard.
Fetish will laugh "I told you so" at this one, but Brandon Albert would have done the Lions good at this point as they could target an OT or OG in this draft, and have a little more flexibility. Okay, on from the woulda-shoulda's. don't know much about the FA O-linemen yet, so after the Lions announce cuts, I'll dig into that more later this ifseason.
Dline and LB depend on what alignment the Lions use, although I'm thinking they stay with a 4-3 -- especially with at least 3 other NFL franchises moving to it this ifseason, which could leave a shortage at some key positions for that alignment that the Lions are short at --- most noticeable, NT.
CB...they have Keith Smith. And...umm...didn't we do this last year?? Once again, the Lions have no CB's as we near FA. Lets hope it gets addressed better this ifseason. Killer highlighted a few players they could target. Early thought: would you trade #1 overall for Nnamdi Asomugha? Plus maybe a 3rd if you can swing it from the Raiders? You'd be getting a pro-bowl caliber CB ---- if you draft a CB at the position, he'd end up highest paid. Why not get a known commodity? My answer: I would to it straight up #1 for him. I'd push like hell for another pick, any pick. a 4th would be awesome but if it came down to it I would to that trade even-steven. Locking him up would cost same/maybe less than #1 overall would be, and you'd know what you're getting. Thoughts on that??
Finally, at Safety as long as Alexander recovers I say ditch Smith, go with Alexander and Bullocks starting and look for a 3rd guy to come in and compete. Keep Pearson as #4 he was great on ST and an adequate backup. Schemed correctly, Alexander and Bullocks have both shown they can play the position, and be a starting safety in this league (when healthy, like everyone else when you think about.).