Re: Grade Your Team's Offseason
Detroit Lions B+
Free Agent Acquisitions/Re-signings
-Reggie Bush: Should make an immediate impact in the offense, hopefully can fill the void left by Jahvid Best.
-Glover Quin (S): If Louis Delmas (S) stays healthy, then the Lions secondary will be incredibly improved with the addition of Quin
-Chris Houston (cb) (resigned): Great move here, veteran corner who has been solid in the past few years
-Deandre Levy and Stephen Tulloch(lb's) (resigned): Fairly happy with these resignings, overpaid on Levy a little bit.
-David Akers: Hopefully we'll see 2011-2012 Akers and not 2012-2013 Akers, but they needed to fill in the vacant place kicker spot after Hanson retired.
-Released Titus Young!!! This was essential, and the last month has shown how messed up this kid really is (I do hope he gets help and starts to function better though).
-Overall the signings were pretty cap friendly. Bush came a lot cheaper than I thought, and the only person they overpaid was Levy. A couple of veterans restructured their contracts to help out with future cap space.
-Ziggy Ansah (DE): Boom or bust. That's all that can be said now. Could be great pick, could be horrible. Don't really like the risk, but oh well.
-Darius Slay (cb): Thought this was a bit of a reach, would have liked to gone with offensive line help here, but not sure what talent was on the board.
-Larry Warford (G): By far their best pick. Really happy to get him in the 3rd.
-Rest of draft picks have some potential in them, but not really wanting to go into in depth analysis for each pick. Overall I'd say that the Lions addressed their needs pretty well in the draft. Their main needs were DE, Offensive Line and Secondary (IMO), and they addressed all of those pretty well with the draft and signing of undrafted players post draft.
-Hired Brian Xanders (Draft specialist), who I think really helped the front office in this draft
-Fired Special Teams coach (necessary), quarter backs coach (also necessary) and wide receivers coach (not exactly sure why, possibly because of the debacle with Titus Young).
-I think this is a make or break year for both Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew (GM), both are on the hot seat and need to put together a good season.