The first day of NFL free agency is almost in the books; here’s your afternoon update on the Detroit Lions:
The Lions didn’t make any splashes in free agency so far today, and probably won’t. They did retain two of their players with Joique Bell resigning for a three year deal at over 9 million dollars. They also kept wide receiver Kevin Ogletree in the fold with what is believed to be a one year league minimum veteran contract.
Willie Young isn’t gone yet, but he is set to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars within the next 24 hours. Based on the pay scale that defensive ends have been signing for to this point, it would be safe to say that Young will be moving on.
Louis Delmas also signed with the Miami Dolphins today. Delmas signed for one year at 3.5 million. The Lions released Delmas in February, but would have been interested in resigning him at a reduced rate, but it was obvious that Delmas would find interest elsewhere.
Despite many rumors concerning the Lions and defensive backs and wide receivers, nothing materialized. Some of the contracts that were signed today seem a little bloated financially, so this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They may be waiting to see if they are able to restructure Ndamukong Suh’s contract first, and also to let the market dictate who they can afford.
T.J. Ward signed with the Denver Broncos, so the Lions will be directing their attention at one of the other free agent safeties, most likely Chris Clemons. Jarius Byrd is still out there, but heading to New Orleans for a visit with the Saints. Golden Tate is coming to Detroit to visit; he would be an excellent upgrade for the Lions receiving core. Tate is exactly what the Lions are looking for to compliment Calvin Johnson and would free them up from needing to take a wide receiver with their first pick.