How about a th the Titans’ Lendale White, who has a 1000 yard season under his belt, but was made irrelevant with the rise ofChris Johnson to elite status. It’s going to take a 2nd round pick to sign him. As the Lions are picking 2nd in the 2nd round, 34th overall, in position to nab a talented player who drops out of the 1st round, it’s too damn high a pick to give up…even for a productive running back like White.? Let’s go wi
The Lions aren’t in a position to be giving up any high draft picks in order to pick up a free agent. Sure, the Lions could use any player with talent, restricted or not. But any free agent worth signing would cost dearly in draft picks, and the Lions need quantity over quality. The Lions need bodies. Lots of them…and hopefully talented.
You don’t build a team through free agency. You build through the draft. Free agency is best used judiciously, to fill a few holes on a team on the cusp of contending. As we’ve seen over the past decade here in Detroit, the Lions are not on the cusp of anything.
Phil: Honestly, no, none that I can think of. I think there are a fewunrestricted free agents the Lions should pursue in Aaron Kampman, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Antrel Rolle and the running back I mention in point no. 2, below. Other than that, I’d keep the picks to build the team via drafting or trading.
An NFL running back over 30 is the equivalent of a 40+ year old baseball player in the post steroids era. Their stats could, and likely will, drop off a cliff without notice. Meaning the Lions should stay away from any back on the bad side of being in their 3rd decade of life.
If the Lions are going to find a compliment/replacement for Kevin Smith, it’ll be through the draft, not free agency.
The problem that I see is, if the Lions desire a gamebreaker, none of these backs, short of Sproles (no pun intended), is going to provide that variable.
Jones would provide a solid back, who if healthy, will pound the ball and draw the attention of the safeties, which will be of benefit in the Lions vertical passing attack.
Amazingly enough, after all the draft picks and free agents, the Lions STILL badly need a couple of wide receivers oppositeMegatron. Walter is a solid slot receiver, a player who has shown to be a nice compliment to a very talented wide out in his own right, in Houston. Walter would be an excellent pickup as a number 2/3 wide out.WR:
Chris Redmond, QB: Redmond stepped in for an injured th no expectations he would start, would be relatively inexpensive and give the Lions a modicum of insurance at the QB position. They could do a lot worse for a backup…and did in 2009. in Atlanta, and played well, resurrecting his career in the process. Why Redmond? The Lions desperately need a backup QB. Redmond would come in wi
This is not a great free agent class, so anything that the Lions can do to fill their gaping needs, leading up to the draft will be beneficial.
In Cromartie’s case, all I can say is…caveat emptor.