The second day of free agency is underway. Golden Tate is in town and visiting with general manager Martin Mayhew. They also had former Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa around for a visit, but he is only projected as a backup to Dominic Raiola.
It might not seem very exciting, but the Lions are being very patient. Some of the contracts signed yesterday bordered on ridiculous, and while the Lions missed out on a number of top tier defensive backs, there are still some possibilities available. Most notably, former Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons has caught Detroit’s eye.
Willie Young is likely not coming back to the Lions. The money being spent on defensive ends is something the Lions just can’t afford right now. You should also not expect the Lions to be players in the DeMarcus Ware or Julius Peppers sweepstakes. They don’t make sense to the Lions who not only need starters at many positions, but also must add depth throughout.
If the Lions are able to obtain Clemons and Tate, this will be considered a successful free agent period for the team. While there are plenty of other options at wide receiver, the flurry of signings at safety yesterday leaves their options a bit thinner there. Tate is a perfect fit, Clemons is close, anything less than those two players is going to feel like Mayhew failed, something he can’t afford to do with Bill Ford Jr. running the show now. Patience will be much shorter and success is expected immediately.