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Defense

Cornerbacks

Cortland Finnegan, Titans: The team's mainstay for six seasons doesn't lack toughness, is only 27 and appears to be eager for a change of scenery.

Brandon Carr, Chiefs: Flint native and former Grand Valley State standout might be tempted to play in his home state.

Tim Jennings, Bears: Sound 28-year-old tackler who's been healthy most of career, seeing the field in 32 straight games.

Terrell Thomas, Giants: Had a career-high 111 tackles in 2010, but a torn ACL forced him to miss all of 2011.

Tracy Porter, Saints: Shook off a November neck injury and appears to have, at 25, his best football ahead of him.

Safeties (starters and backups)

Michael Griffin, Titans: Former first round pick of the 2007 draft hasn't missed a game in five seasons (80 straight games).

LaRon Landry, Redskins: Known as an elite performer when he's healthy, but could have lingering Achilles issues.

Tyvon Branch, Raiders: A 25-year-old strong safety known for being effective at the line of scrimmage (109 tackles in 2011).

Brandon Meriweather, Bears: Doesn't lack talent, but was fined 25,000 for a helmet-to-helmet on the Panthers' Steve Smith.

Linebackers (starters and backups)

Dan Connor, Panthers: Former Penn State standout, 26, had a career-high 75 tackles in 2011 as a starter for 11 games.

Erik Walden, Packers: Familiarity with the NFC North and productivity (60 tackles, three sacks in 15 starts) is a plus, but had a felony assault charge recently dropped.

Ernie Sims, Colts: Former Lion is mobile, has a long wingspan, likely cheap to sign and appears past his previous injury woes.

Chris Chamberlain, Rams: Good young prospect, 26, on a bad team who won a starting job on the weakside in Week 6.

Defensive ends (starters and backups)

Calais Campbell, Cardinals: Great option to replace Cliff Avril if he doesn't get resigned, but probably a very expensive one, too.

Jason Jones, Titans: A former Eastern Michigan standout from Detroit who had Jim Schwartz for a defensive coordinator in 2008.

Cory Redding, Ravens: Former third-round pick of the Lions in 2003 keeps cranking out solid numbers (29 tackles, 4.5 sacks in 2011).

Matt Roth, Jaguars: Former Iowa stand out was production last season despite being limited to nine games because of a concussion.

Offense

Left tackles (starters and backups)

Demetrius Bell, Bills: Appears one of the best options out there (30 starts in 31 games), especially if the Lions choose to part ways with veteran Jeff Backus.

Jared Gaither, Chargers: Claimed off waivers on Nov. 30, has starting experience, is 6-foot-9, but could be a liability because of previous injuries.

Ben Grubbs, Ravens: Solid run blocker started 10 regular season games for the Ravens despite struggling with a toe injury.

Alex Boone, 49ers: Has plenty of talent, but also plenty of off-field issues dating back to his Ohio State career, so he's likely a long shot.

Receivers (backups)

Anthony Gonzalez, Colts: This three-year Ohio State letterman was once a Colts starter, but was forced to play a diminished role in 2011.

Devin Thomas, Giants: Former Michigan State standout could be a viable fourth stringer and answer for punt and kick returns.

Ted Ginn, 49ers: Former Ohio State speedster, 26, is an experienced return specialist who has 159 career receptions for 2,047 yards.

Eric Weems, Falcons: A 26-year-old who is already one of the league's most underrated kick returners (23.5 ypr. - 563 yards on 24 attempts).

Centers (backups)

Nick Hardwick, Chargers: Indianapolis native who played at Purdue is a third alternate for the Pro Bowl and appears to have a few good years left.

Jeff Saturday, Colts: Five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion, 36, might be a decent option for a one-year contract.

Scott Mruczkowski, Chargers: Cleveland native, 29, was put on injured reserve because of a concussion but still has potential.

Running backs (backups)

LenDale White, Broncos: Could be a decent option as a backfield bruiser (he's 6-foot-1, 235 pounds) if Mikel Leshoure doesn't pan out.

Steve Slaton, Dolphins: Former Heisman Trophy finalist has explosive ability and should be hungry after a brief stint in Miami.

Ronnie Brown, Eagles: Lions tried to trade for him during the regular season before the deal involving Jerome Harrison fell through.

Thomas Jones, Chiefs: This 33-year-old veteran of five teams still has tread left on his tires.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2012 ... pping-list


this list by lacy is a huge joke, who hired the guy?

the CB/S lists are decent but the rest is awful.

RBs - Steve Slaton? Cmon he s been invisible since 2008, Jones has very little if any tread left and would be no better than the Rudi Johnson signing a few yrs ago, LenDale White has the same injury as LeShoure and is too lazy to have a legit shot at making a comeback. Any of them could be camp players but none is a FA splash. In a FA class w Lynch, Hillis, Michael Bush its just a crap list by Lacy.

Cs - why would we sign a backup starter esp one like Hardwick and Saturday that is better than Raiola? The backup center should be someone like Gandy or a drafted player that eventually becomes a starter. There is no point to paying an expensive backup center when Raiola doesnt have injury issues.

WRs - ridiculous list. Anthony Gonzalez is the definition of injury prone, the other 3 are special teamers who have no value as WRs at this point.

OTs - Grubbs is a guard as someone else pointed out. Gaither and Bell have serious injury issues but might be options, though Bell hasnt really been very good. Boone is a reserve player who just signed a 4 yr contract and isnt available (signed prior to lacy's article)

DEs - they are all decent players but all are 3-4 DEs who dont really project into our system except at possibly the DT spot. Redding played a decent DE for us but his body type has changed, maybe could be a run stuffing 43 DE but that doenst seem to be our system anymore. Jones could play DT but probably also doesnt fit our system as an end. Campbell is a premier 3-4 end and Roth is traditionally a 3-4 player as well.

LBs - Walden is a 3-4 player that fits their system opposite Matthews but isnt really all that talented as a former street FA and doenst project into our system. Connor plays MLB where almost everyone would prefer Tulloch back. No way that Sims comes back, we already had him and decided he didnt fit in the defense when we were 0-16, we definitely dont have room for him on the wild card version of that team unless he wants to play special teams. Dont know who Chamberlain is.

Had to get that off my chest, Lacy's list made no sense to me.


January 14th, 2012, 11:16 am
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shouldnt we be able to sign johnson to a contract a little more than Fitzgerald's, making calvin the highest paid WR in the NFL? not sure the relevance of seifert's article other than to point out that it doesnt make sense to use franchise tags on calvin


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shouldnt we be able to sign johnson to a contract a little more than Fitzgerald's, making calvin the highest paid WR in the NFL? not sure the relevance of seifert's article other than to point out that it doesnt make sense to use franchise tags on calvin


I wouldn't see why we couldn't?

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Post Re: Digging deeper into Calvin Johnson's future
Seifert's point is that Calvin could conceivably make more money by not signing an extension and accepting the franchise tag next year. What Seifert ignores is that players generally want long-term security as insurance against an injury. If a player turns down a long-tern extension in favor of hoping for the franchise tag, an injury could prevent them from ever getting another paycheck.

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Seifert's point is that Calvin could conceivably make more money by not signing an extension and accepting the franchise tag next year. What Seifert ignores is that players generally want long-term security as insurance against an injury. If a player turns down a long-tern extension in favor of hoping for the franchise tag, an injury could prevent them from ever getting another paycheck.


What Seifert also ignores is the fact that no NFL team is likely to pay Calvin Johnson the price that the Franchise tag salary escalation dictates. The Lions can't afford it, and neither can anybody else. Therefore, CJ's market value falls somewhere closer to Fitzgerald's numbers than the Franchise tag numbers. If the Lions do not franchise him, he will not see those 27 million dollar contracts. It all depends on if CJ is wanting to stay or leave. If he wants out, he is gone and he will get a contract for more than LF. If he wants to stay, he will do so with some arrangement that allows the Lions to afford his services at a price that is more than LF but less than the franchise dollars that the CBA dictates. The Lions might franchise him one time, but I think that is the practical limit.
Siefert's scenario might make more sense if it were practical that 3 or 4 teams would offer him more than the franchise dollars. That, however, I think is highly unlikey to tell the truth. His true open market value will not approach Sieferts numbers.

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This sounds like good news:
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Lions WR Calvin Johnson expects to have extension talks 'soon'
By Eric Lacy The Detroit News

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has a year left on his contract, but sounded Monday night in an ESPN interview that he's interested in signing an extension with the team this offseason.

"Yeah, definitely, we're going to see here — soon," Johnson told ESPN's Jim Rome during an appearance on "Rome is Burning." "We're going to have some talks soon, and hopefully get things rolling."

Johnson declined to say in the interview if he would prefer to resign with the Lions or go elsewhere.

But Johnson didn't look or sound like he's eager to leave Detroit when Rome asked about his future.

"I'll get back to you on that," Johnson said, grinning.

Johnson, a former Georgia Tech standout, signed a six-year, $64 million deal ($27.18 million guaranteed) with the Lions in 2007. That made him at the time the highest-paid player in franchise history.

He's now the third-highest player in Lions history behind defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ($60 million, $40 million guaranteed) and Stafford ($72 million, $41.75 guaranteed).

Signing Johnson to an extension is clearly a priority for Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, and possibly soon.

"I think we have an opportunity to work on that this offseason," Mayhew told reporters this month. "I don't think it's something that absolutely has to be done, but we have an opportunity to work on it."

Johnson, 26, had career highs in catches (96), receiving yards (1,681) and touchdown catches (16) during the 2011 season.

He's expected to make $14 million with the Lions next season, but can make the case he deserves top dollar for his position.

Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald is the league's highest paid receiver. Last summer, he signed an eight-year contract worth $120 million.

During the ESPN interview Monday, Johnson appeared focused more on the Lions' future than any looming contract negotiations.

Johnson spoke glowingly about the potential he and Stafford have to build on, claiming the duo can be special if they can "stay on the field" and avoid injuries. Johnson also said he believes the Lions' 10-7 season — which included the franchises first playoff appearance in more than a decade — is "a start" to what could be consistent success.

"We're just building," Johnson said.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120123/SPORTS0101/201230425/1126/sports0101/Lions-WR-Calvin-Johnson-expects-extension-talks-soon-

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Like this a lot, and I wish there was a video of the interview.

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Lions2SB2 wrote:
Like this a lot, and I wish there was a video of the interview.


The interview was done on Rome Is Burning. I just looked on ESPN and it is not posted on their site yet. I just happened to click on the show that day and Rome said CJ was the guest so I stuck around and listen to it and left with a big :) I got the impression that CJ would like to have a new deal done before the start of next season.

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Get him inked, with the quickness!

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Lions2SB2 wrote:
Like this a lot, and I wish there was a video of the interview.


The interview was done on Rome Is Burning. I just looked on ESPN and it is not posted on their site yet. I just happened to click on the show that day and Rome said CJ was the guest so I stuck around and listen to it and left with a big :) I got the impression that CJ would like to have a new deal done before the start of next season.


Little off topic but look what I found...

http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/7434 ... cades-espn

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Jim Rome, who most recently hosted a late-afternoon talk show on ESPN2, is leaving the network and taking his show to the CBS Sports Network.

"Jim Rome is Burning" will move networks on Jan. 27. Rome has been with ESPN since the launch of ESPN2 in 1993. He left briefly but returned in 2004 with his current show.

"Jim has been a valuable part of the ESPN family for most of the last two decades," an ESPN spokesman said. "We wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor."

ESPN will announce a replacement for Rome's show, which moved from ESPN to ESPN2 last year, shortly, the network said.

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My favorite CJ touchdown was the one against Chicago with the stiff-arm...."Get off me!"


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My favorite CJ touchdown was the one against Chicago with the stiff-arm...."Get off me!"


I also would say against Dallas Cowboys, triple coverage.

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buell17 wrote:
My favorite CJ touchdown was the one against Chicago with the stiff-arm...."Get off me!"


I also would say against Dallas Cowboys, triple coverage.


Being here in Texas... that was my fav. as well. :)

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LionsFan4Life wrote:
Lions2SB2 wrote:
buell17 wrote:
My favorite CJ touchdown was the one against Chicago with the stiff-arm...."Get off me!"


I also would say against Dallas Cowboys, triple coverage.


Being here in Texas... that was my fav. as well. :)

let's relive both of those, shall we...

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