On paper, the Lions are ‘winning’ free agency.
- “Winning” free agency is always a precarious title. Rarely do the teams that spend the most money and make the most splashes in free agency see any sort of long-term success. That being said, ESPN’s John Clayton said the Detroit Lions are the second-most improved team after one week of free agency (Insider required). Here’s a snippet of his justification:
General manager Bob Quinn, who was hired last offseason, has turned a bad offensive line situation into one of the top units in the league -- on paper -- in signing Wagner ($20.5 million in guarantees) and Lang ($19 million in guarantees). Combined with emerging center Travis Swanson and Left Tackle Taylor Decker and left guard Graham Glasgow, both 2016 draft picks, Detroit's offense has a chance to take a step up.
- In his interview with 97.1 The Ticket, new Lions guard T.J. Lang had some interesting things to say about his new team:
T.J. Lang told 97.1 that he's watched a lot of tape of Lions left Tackle Taylor Decker and thinks he's a future Pro Bowler— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 13, 2017
(Geoff Schwartz agrees)
TJ Lang said he hopes to help explain to Matthew Stafford how Aaron Rodgers makes pre-snap reads— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) March 13, 2017
- Speaking of Lang and Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback said his goodbyes via Twitter:
It's a tough business. Thanks for the protection and the memories @TJLang70 #cabbage @Kenny_Mayne #warrior pic.twitter.com/caJWAz0dxU— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 13, 2017
And Lang’s response:
I owe a lot to you brother. Thanks for always having my back and sticking with me no matter what. Love you man. #ElbowPound @AaronRodgers12 https://t.co/4EFfnVPfci— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) March 13, 2017
- Ty Schalter of The Lions Wire makes a compelling argument that Detroit’s focus on the offensive line is about improving the passing game, not the running game.
- Here are the contract terms for new Lions receiver Keshawn Martin:
Keshawn Martin's deal 1-year, $775k. No signing bonus but he gets $50k if he's on the 53-man roster Week 1 & has a $30k workout bonus— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 14, 2017
- MLive has the top remaining players in free agency at the Lions’ biggest needs.
- First the Boston Globe, now The Simpsons. Rough week for Lions fans in American culture:
The Simpsons just took a brutal shot at the @Lions! #Ouch @GRUNTFORD13 @ACSpecialK @OlsonsTeam pic.twitter.com/fcxvTqRQxl— The Kuzinski's (@TeamKuzinski) March 13, 2017
- Here’s a pretty neat rundown of the types of running plays used by each team:
The breakdown of run plays by concept in the 2016 NFL season: pic.twitter.com/TzWI7E9sTl— Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) March 14, 2017