Re: Lions needs/concerns next season
backup RB (Artose Pinner and Shawn Bryson are in their last years of their contracts)
backup TE (Fitzsimmons on last year of his contract)
starting OT (Jeff Backus on last year of his contract)
starting/backup DE (Corey Redding & Kalimba Edwards are on their last year of their contracts)
starting MLB (Earl Holmes gone)
starting OLB ( James Davis on last year)
starting FS (Terrence Holt on last year of his contract)
RB - I think 'Tose should be resigned (he's working really hard and runs extremely hard in games)...Bryson is good IMO, but I don't know...we could get a rookie cheaper who blocks better or is a better receiving threat, but Mooch will likely try to keep both.
TE - I would have preferred an Alex Smith over Fitz, but Fitz is decent for a backup.
OT - Backus shouldn't be resigned and we should target one in the first depending on the QB situation...haven't looked but there could be some solid OTs as FAs next year.
DE - I would resign both Redding and Edwards...if KE has a big year, he will likely command a nice amount of coin.
MLB - draft one, Rd 2 or get a killer like Ahmad Brooks in Rd 1 who can start and be an impact player
OLB - Let Davis walk IMO...Lehman can take over and Lewis can back him up.
FS - Not impressed with Holt at all. He's a good backup, but he's out of position too much. His first year starting though...I'll wait to judge until game 12 or so. Possibly draft one...but we have bigger needs so we'll get a raw player with upside in the 3rd - won't be an immediate starter.
Also, what's the deal with Fernando Bryant?
Bryant seems to be done here in Detroit as far as I see. He hasn't performed and he's held down Bly, according to Dre'. I think Bly does play better with Fernando on the bench...hopefully Mooch sees that. Cutting Fernando would be some nice coin on the cap, but it should be done rather than paying him...too bad nobody would want him in a trade.