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Post Re: Free Agency 2018.
Was hoping for Hankins but with Williams signing I feel that puts and end to that. Maybe Branch or officially signing RJF to round out the bunch pre draft.


March 21st, 2018, 4:01 pm
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Geez, I've gotta rethink myself on the Lions. Our O-line is still a problem, but Bobby Quinn has plugged a lot of holes over the last week. I wonder if he has any money left to sign a starting C/G free agent. He does that, and his draft is wide open. Heck, I'd even be happy with a first round RB, and I hate signing first round RB's, WR's and TE's.

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March 21st, 2018, 4:10 pm
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Sylvester Williams, DT
Ricky Jean Francois, DT (Oops, I understand this is Fake News.)
Christian Jones, LB
Devon Kennard, LB
Deshawn Shead, CB
Kenny Wiggins, G
Luke Wilson, TE
LaGarrette Blount, RB

Did anyone seriously think Bob Quinn could sign so many free agents in positions of need? I am impressed.

Where does that leave us for the draft, Oline, RB and DE?

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March 21st, 2018, 4:47 pm
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TruckinMack wrote:
Sylvester Williams, DT
Ricky Jean Francois, DT
Christian Jones, LB
Devon Kennard, LB
Deshawn Shead, CB
Kenny Wiggins, G
Luke Wilson, TE
LaGarrette Blount, RB

Did anyone seriously think Bob Quinn could sign so many free agents in positions of need? I am impressed.

Where does that leave us for the draft, Oline, RB and DE?


It just means we don't have to rely on the draft to plug holes. Williams is a 1 year deal, don't know about RJF. Wilson, Blount, Shead, 1 year. Buys us time. Some of these guys could be keepers, or they could be band-aids. Still build for longevity through the draft, and draft picks are much cheaper. Still players available out there (FA's), and there will be more to come that get cut by cash strapped teams, and later on when teams have cut downs. I think they'll still be picking BPA somewhat at 20. Just because we've got some depth at DT doesn't mean they'd ignore Vea or Payne if available at their pick.


March 21st, 2018, 5:29 pm
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Post Re: Free Agency 2018.
Big name FA's are always fun to sign...and sometimes actually help a team ( for the Lions, Dre Bly, Vanden Bosh, Golden Tate, Holi Ngata) but I think Quinn is doing a decent job of finding the trench players. So often one can be blinded by the past achievements of one player, that we ingnore the how feasible a lesser player can contribute to the team.

And as such, I really like the Wilson signing. Maybe Ebron will break out in Indy, but I think with 3-4 capable WR's, Wilson will be the sneaky TE the Lions need.

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March 21st, 2018, 7:15 pm
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It's 7:50 pm on the 23rd. Has anyone heard anything on Rickey Jean or Hankins?


March 23rd, 2018, 7:52 pm
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It's 7:50 pm on the 23rd. Has anyone heard anything on Rickey Jean or Hankins?
Nothing but crickets.

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TruckinMack wrote:
BozSantana wrote:
It's 7:50 pm on the 23rd. Has anyone heard anything on Rickey Jean or Hankins?
Nothing but crickets.


Feel like we may be waiting for Hankins' price to go down a bit.

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March 24th, 2018, 7:03 pm
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Added another LB, Jonathan Freeny. Looks like a vet min type player, either a camp body or ST/depth guy. Played under Patricia at some point, so he should be good for helping the other LBs in training camp.


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thelomasbrowns wrote:
TruckinMack wrote:
BozSantana wrote:
It's 7:50 pm on the 23rd. Has anyone heard anything on Rickey Jean or Hankins?
Nothing but crickets.


Feel like we may be waiting for Hankins' price to go down a bit.


Birkett said the Lions are not currently in on Hankins. That does sound like things could change if his price goes down.


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Post Re: Free Agency 2018.
TruckinMack wrote:
Sylvester Williams, DT
Ricky Jean Francois, DT (Oops, I understand this is Fake News.)
Christian Jones, LB
Devon Kennard, LB
Deshawn Shead, CB
Kenny Wiggins, G
Luke Wilson, TE
LaGarrette Blount, RB

Did anyone seriously think Bob Quinn could sign so many free agents in positions of need? I am impressed.

Where does that leave us for the draft, Oline, RB and DE?


these are mostly 1 and 2 year deals, stop gaps. none are anything more than average players, some like Blount are above average in certain roles. i dont see anything to be impressed about. even in blount s case it wouldve really helped if they had him last year or the year before. id like to see them draft some defensive team speed but they are so weak on that DL which may be a bigger need. the lb core in my opinion is still quite weak, they need speed and athleticism in that back 7-8. they have a good but slow secondary and a good qb - same as last year but now with one less receiving option. i think its nice to get value on ur deals but this GM stubbornly seems to make it too big of a priority. you have to have some good players and so far the majority of the good ones he has are the ones he inherited from mayhew's team of 3 years ago.


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