Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Peterman, Culpepper, Hanson Return [updated]

According to Dave Birkett, Culpepper and Hanson have both signed re-negotiated contracts to remain with the Lions. They signed Peterman to a 5 year deal yesterday.

While Hanson was locked up for 4 more years, and will retire a Lion now -- Culpepper is still on a one year deal. Rumor is that his roster bonus was either eliminated, or moved back into the end or beginning of training camp (depending on who you are talking to) as a sort of "get in shape and perform" bonus -- also one that would allow them to jettison him if things don't work out leading up to camp with his conditioning, progress, etc.

Lewand also indicated they are still in talks with DanO. My guess? They are going to have an open competition with the loser being told up front they will have the backup job, and Stanton will be either holding the clipboard, or replaced by a rookie pick. Possibly one of the vets may bite it too. I'll look at it closer once more details are available...

Here is a test of DanO's competitive spirit -- given a fair shot for the first time, do you sign with the Lions and possibly be cut before the season if you lose, or do you turn tail and take a 2nd banana job somewhere else?? All or nothing roll of the dice...

So far with these moves, the front office is still exceeding my expectations. More thoughts tomorrow after I have time to look everything over, including the ongoing cuts by other teams and available FA now that Franchise Tags are being applied, and more guys are being re-signed or let go...

3 comments:

dreamer1955 said...

I think that if Dan-o is re-signed, and Stanton is still on the roster on draft day, that should be an indication that they will not take a QB at #1.

I for one, would love to see them re-sign Orlovski and let him and Dontae fight it out for the starting spot.

I would imagine that it would help having the QB's that the vets are used too, in helping the rebuilt O-line gel as unit (one less new variable to worry about).

RIP said...

The Lions may already have a market value set for Dan-o. It maybe smart to see what the other teams think what his market value is.
My interest right now is what are they going to do with Kitna in the next couple of days? What they do with him should be an indication of what direction they go in in the draft.

I like the post on top draft pick money. In the old days, Dallas could afford to draft high. They traded Hershal Walker to Minny for what, 4 first round draft picks? They then drafted Walsh as a first round supplemental pick the same year they drafted Aikman 1st overal in the regular draft. They could afford this and kept the best of the two.

CHIEFGER139 said...

I would like someone to explain why signing peterman to a five year deal was a good thing-I personnely thought he wasnt very good or healthy enough to keep around-i guess you cant cut everoneone-but why not a 2-3 year deal-many are saying we could of easily got more tallant at a less price tag then him-
your thoughts