The Lions have traded Jon Kitna to Dallas for Starting CB Anthony Henry. I don't think there were draft picks involved as well, but I will update you if I hear otherwise. See Buffalo, that's called getting value for a guy. Fleecing Dallas must be Martin Mayhew's new hobby.
Anthony Henry is 33, but is still a very solid starting CB who can be a good stop-gap, and fills a glaring need. Add that to the fact that Kitna was going to be cut before they had to pay his bonus Tuesday and I am really liking this new front office.
I also LOVED the stories and information that is coming out on the Cassel deal -- The Lions were trying to get Cassel from NE for #33 or I've also heard both #3's for Cassel and a 3rd. They were also working the phones to trade Cassel and a pick to Denver for Jay Cutler. Call me crazy, but I'm thinking that Mayhew opposed passing on Cutler in the draft. It didn't end up working, but I love the tenacity of the Lions front office in their dealings. While they didn't pull it off, combining it with what they have done/tried -- there is no doubt they appear to be working both smart and hard to bring in the right guys to improve this team.
Wonder how Cutler feels knowing his new bosses were talking trade?
The Lions also signed Bryant Johnson -- he is a great #3, decent #2 guy. I'd still like to see the Lions pick up one more WR in FA to compete for #2 spot, and also negate the need to draft one at all, even in the later rounds. #2 - 4 WR are among the positions that can be picked up effectively in FA versus wasting lots of high draft picks on them, along with #2 RB. I am glad to see Mayhew/Lewand filling these types of positions in FA, as they should be with the team where it is at.
The signing of Eric King to a backup role, along with the trade for Anthony Henry doesn't say to me the Lions are done. They want guys to be competing to start, and all they really had was Keith Smith as a borderline starter. Fisher better not feel like he's got a roster spot locked up. With the Lions looking to sign Chris Carr as a possible starter, and also possibly drafting a CB early the position is far from settled.
I've seen a lot of criticism, but the Lions are going after exactly the types/tier of players they said they would. Their offensive openings are easier to fill in FA, especially this year, so that is what they are doing. They've also turned lemons into lemonade as much as possible in bringing in some CB's. It is still early, but with the exception of Lucas (I'm not a big fan of him, but can see why they were looking) I like what they have been doing. For most of these, you haven't even heard the Lions were involved until after it's over.
This shows how close to the vest they are playing things, including working multi-team trades, and still offloading guys they don't want/need in return for at least something of value.
Keep it up -- Mayhew Mayhem is here!