Joined: August 6th, 2004, 9:21 am
Another CAP update
Found the article below on Fox Sports, it is two days old so already a little outdated (since DD was tagged and Walker was released). With Walkers departure, add another $1.2M to the $23M reported CAP space available for the Lions to work with.
CAP STATUS: Although the Lions have $23 million available under the cap, it's not really that much money. There are only 33 players currently under contract, and they've got nearly a dozen of their own free agents they want to re-sign.
MOVING ON: The two most important free agents the Lions could lose are center Dominic Raiola and right tackle Stockar McDougle because the offensive line is already thin. Raiola, who wants to re-sign, has been listed as the second-best center available in free agency, so he'd be tough to replace. The Lions have a couple of young players who could replace McDougle, but they don't have his athleticism or experience. McDougle is likely to test the waters, but the market is flush with good tackles, so it's possible McDougle could get his best offer from Detroit. Tight end Stephen Alexander gives the Lions an experienced hand at that position while defensive tackle Marcus Bell proved to be a valuable backup in Detroit's rotation. Casey Fitzsimmons could be pressed into a starter at tight end, but he's the only capable tight end on the roster. With Kelvin Pritchett contemplating retirement, the loss of Bell could cripple Detroit's depth on the interior line. Receivers Tai Streets and Az Hakim are not expected to return, but the Lions are looking to upgrade anyway through free agency and the draft. Streets is a free agent while Hakim will likely be a salary cap casualty.
ACTION PLAN: If the team's free agent strategy is successful, the Lions could meet with less than a half-dozen players because they're targeting a small, select group of athletes. Because they'll likely re-sign most of their own free agents, Detroit is looking at five key positions: three starters and two backups. Most importantly, the Lions need to solidify their offensive line and find a quality left guard and right tackle (if McDougle, as expected, enters free agency). Detroit is on the verge of having an explosive offense, but it won't go anywhere without good blocking and protection. Because of other needs, the Lions won't be able to afford two high-priced linemen and will opt to spend most of their money at tackle. . . .
The most vital position on defense for Detroit is strong safety, and the Lions' No. 1 target is Donovin Darius, if he isn't assigned the franchise tag. The Lions aren't likely to give up anything in a trade because they value their draft picks too much. . . .
The two backup positions are important because of the potential of playing time. At receiver, where the Lions already have Roy Williams and Charles Rogers, the Lions are looking for an experienced player for three-receiver sets and as a solid backup because both Williams and Rogers have been banged up in their short careers. The Lions could surprise some people by going after players such as David Givens, Corey Bradford and David Patten. The quarterback position will immediately spark controversy because the Lions want to bring in a player who has the ability to beat out Joey Harrington for the starting job. Players who could be on Detroit's short list include Drew Brees, Kurt Warner and Kelly Holcomb. . . .
The Lions have already done an excellent job of re-signing their own free agents. Pro Bowl-caliber Shaun Rogers, who would've been tagged as a franchise player, signed a long-term deal the day before the regular season ended. The Lions also added key contributors such as linebacker Donte Curry and punter Nick Harris.
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Joined: February 25th, 2005, 5:10 am
Location: Michigan, Rochester
My question too this is who are the dozen quality free agents that we want to sign? I know of maybe three guys that a worth bring back here for decent money, the rest can all be cut for I care. I really do not see how this guy thinks that 23 million under the cap is not a big deal. Our core starters for the most part are all signed. Just don?t get it.
If you want to throw down fisticuffs, then fine, I've got Jack Johnson and Tom O'Leary waiting for you.