Detroit Lions are NFC North's Biggest Winner in Free Agency

John Maakaron

While exploring all the grades the Lions secured for their recent acquisitions, Detroit did not come away viewed as harshly as some may assume. 

Yes, the Lions are now officially known as the "Detroit Patriots."

However, the organization has clearly gone all-in by filling the roster with players it believes will tow the company line and fully support the regime. 

Last offseason, the Green Bay Packers drastically improved their defense by acquiring Adrian Amos, Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith. 

Instantly, the Packers were able to go 6-0 in the NFC North. And the improved defense did not allow more than 22 points against a divisional foe all season.

As a result of the Lions' acquisitions over the past seven days, many have crowned Detroit the free-agency winner of the NFC North.

The moves made by Detroit's divisional rivals were clearly not as impactful as Detroit's acquisitions, and most teams in the division did not display a willingness to get involved in a spending frenzy. 

According to the Bleacher Report's Maurice Moton:

"Detroit lost multiple players in free agency and replaced them with guys who know Patricia's scheme, which is crucial for a defense that ranked 26th in scoring and allowed the second-most yards last year.The Lions released right tackle Rick Wagner and saved $6.1 million against the cap.

Harmon has developed into a versatile safety with above-average ball skills in center field. Over the last three seasons, he's recorded 10 interceptions in primarily a reserve role, though the 29-year-old has played at least 61 percent of the defensive snaps in each of those campaigns.

The front office put that cash toward Halapoulivaati Vaitai's five-year, $50 million deal. That's a risky investment for a four-year veteran with just 20 starts, but the 6'6", 320-pound tackle could seal the edge for outside runs and engulf edge-rushers on his side of the line."


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Comments (3)
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I’ve waited over 6 decades for a “culture” change in Detroit.
MUCH OF THE FAULT with Detroit’s losing ways lays in the words/actions of the sports writers.
Instead of independent articles, the writers seem to take sides with the players.
Bobby Ross became so frustrated, trying to change this (players) losing culture, he quit. Resigned. Because he found he didn’t have player control to get rid of the players he deemed responsible.
Darius Slay got upset when his buddy, a safety, was traded. That was the start of Slays rebellion.
What’s the saying? “How’s that working for ya?”
Patricia may be asked that. But as I’ve stated, I’ve waited 60+ years for someone with the balls to come in and change things.
I’ve now battled through 6 total joint replacements, heart attack, 2blood clots, numerous “procedures” and finally cancer. How much time I have left is anyone’s guess.
But I got sick of reading (obviously player favoring) articles of “reporters”, who took sides with the players. Some called for Patricia’s dismissal DURING HIS FIRST TRAINING CAMP!!!!
For making players run!
The biggest complaint vs Lions defense was and still is, they can’t finish a game.
Losing at the end only needing ONE STOP vs the opposing offense.
Not having the energy (read fitness level here) to stop them.
Yet trying to get the physically ready, some players rebelled, with the sports writers complaining for them in the press, drawing fans into the rebellion.
So, I quit reading that crap. Whatever time is left me, any other fan of the Lions, is better spent using the local press as t-paper. I can’t find any in the store but can find unsold papers.


The NFC north didn’t do that well collectively - Bodes well for lions


Let’s hope so