Lewand Announces Lions’ RFA Tenders

Posted by Tara Altman on March 4, 2010 – 4:03 pm

This morning team President Tom Lewand announced which of the Lions’ nine restricted free agents would be tendered and the level they would be tendered at.

Player Tender Offer & Compensations:
DE Copeland Bryan  – Not tendered
S Daniel Bullocks – Right of First Refusal (ROFR) & Original Draft Compensation* 
C Dylan Gandy – ROFR & Original Draft Compensation
CB Kevin Hobbs – ROFR
DE Jason Hunter – ROFR & 2nd Round Compensation
G Daniel Loper – ROFR
G Manny Ramirez – ROFR & Original Draft Compensation
S Ko Simpson – ROFR & Original Draft Compensation
LB Cody Spencer – Not tendered

* NFL Rules state that if a team uses a second-round tender on a player who’s original round is less than that, then the compensation for any other former second-round pick who is tendered at their original round must drop one round. Since DE Jason Hunter entered the league as an undrafted free agent and was tendered with ROFR/2nd round pick, the compensation for S Daniel Bullocks, who was tendered at his original round (2nd round), would drop to a third round pick.

Lewand also confirmed the following players would be retained as exclusive rights free agents: LB Zack Follett, G Corey Hilliard, TE Jake Nordin, RB Cedric Peerman and CB DeAngelo Smith.

Among the players listed, defensive end Jason Hunter, who originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent, was tendered the highest based on his contributions last season.

Lewand: “Jason obviously contributed last year in a pretty significant way after we claimed him off waivers. I think he showed that he’s got the ability to contribute even more as he stays in the system and (grows in) his role. As we get more players in here and we get more talent around all of them, the guys who remain here will become even better and I put Jason in that category. Jason has value; defensive ends are valuable commodities in this league. It’s a valuable position and Jason had some production there last year.”

Moving forward, the main focus for Lewand and the rest of the Lions’ front office will be the free agent market.

With the start of free agency beginning tonight at midnight, they’ll have their work cut out for them.

Lewand: “As Martin (Mayhew) said last week, our plan is to be selectively aggressive. We have always been able to put together actions that match our plan and we’ll be ready tonight to be on the phone. After midnight, we’ll be in touch with the players that we’re interested in and we’ll see where it takes us. But we’re prepared and our team has done a good job of getting ready for the free agency period to begin and we’re looking forward to starting after midnight tonight.”


Q.  When can players start being signed in the 2010 free agency signing period?

A.  Beginning at 12:01 AM ET on Friday, March 5. 
Q.  What are the categories of free agency?

A.  Players are either “restricted” or “unrestricted” free agents.  Within the categories are also “transition” and “franchise” players.

Q.  What is the time period for free agency signings this year?

A.  For restricted free agents, from March 5 to April 15.  For unrestricted free agents who have received the June 1 tender from their prior Club, from March 5 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  For franchise players, from March 5 until the Tuesday after the 10th week of the regular-season (November 16).  If he does not sign by November 16, he must sit out the season.  There are no transition player designations this year.

Q.  What is the difference between a restricted free agent and an unrestricted free agent?

A.  In the 2010 League Year, players become restricted free agents when they complete three, four or five accrued seasons and their contract expires.  Unrestricted free agents have completed six or more accrued seasons.  An unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any club with no compensation owed to his old club.

Q.  What constitutes an “accrued season?”

A.  Six or more regular-season games on a club’s active/inactive, reserved-injured or “physically unable to perform” lists.

Q.  Other than accrued seasons, what determines a restricted free agent? 

A.  He has received a “qualifying” offer (a salary level predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club.  He can negotiate with any club through April 15.  If the restricted free agent accepts an offer sheet from a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because it has the “right of first refusal.”  If the old club does not match the offer, it can possibly receive draft-choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer.  If an offer sheet is not executed, and the player receives the June 1 tender from his old club, the player’s rights revert exclusively to his old club on June 1.

Q.  What determines an unrestricted free agent?

A.  A player with six or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired.  He is free to sign with any club, with no compensation owed to his old club, through July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  At that point, his rights revert to his old club if it made a “tender” offer (110 percent of last year’s salary) to him by June 1.  His old club then has until the Tuesday after the 10th week of the season (November 16) to sign him.  If he does not sign by November 16, he must sit out the season.  If no tender is offered by June 1, the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season. 

Q.  What determines a transition player?

A.  A transition player must be offered a minimum of the average of the top 10 salaries of the prior season at the player’s
position or 120 percent of the player’s prior year’s salary, whichever is greater.  A transition player designation gives
the club a first-refusal right to match within seven days an offer sheet given to the player by another club after his
contract expires.  If the club matches, it retains the player.  If it does not match, it receives no draft pick compensation
from that club.  In 2010, a club may designate a franchise player or a transition player in lieu of a franchise player, as
well as one additional transition player. 

Q.  What determines a franchise player?

A.  The salary level offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is.  An “exclusive” franchise player — not free to sign with another club — is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of April 15, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, or the average of the top five salaries at his position as of the end of last season — whichever of the three is greater.  If a player is offered a minimum of the average of the top five salaries of last season at his position, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, he becomes a “non-exclusive” franchise player and can negotiate with other clubs.  His old club can match a new club’s offer, or receive two first-round draft choices if it decides not to match. 

Q.  Can a club decide to withdraw its franchise or transition designations on a player?

A.  Yes

Q.  Can a club then use them on other players?

A.  Not in the 2010 season.  A club can withdraw its franchise or transition designations and the player then automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent either immediately or when his contract expires.

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65 Responses to “Lewand Announces Lions’ RFA Tenders”

  1. By Drew on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    It might be a good idea to pick up S Daniel Bullocks,S Ko Simpson, and DE Jason Hunter, C Dylan Gandy, G Daniel Loper as the restricted free agents, and for the unrestricted free agents we should resign T Jon Jansen, CB William James, CB Anthony Henry, TE Will Heller, S Marquand Manuel, & maybe QB Patrick Ramsey or QB Daunte Culpepper as third string , possiably T Damion Cook(if hes healthy and doesnt get hurt again, miss the whole season)

  2. By Lance Manly on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Very well written and explained.

    …but, were dreaming to think anyone will offer us draft picks for these guys. Jason is the best of the bunch; and I can only HOPE that ANY team makes any of them an offer.

    The Lion free agents that I would like to have back; if the price is right, [in order], Heller, Foote, Ramsey, James, Jansen, Manuel, Henry, Cook – definately NOT Culpepper 0-10 just is NOT good enough.

    Free agent on the market I would love to get; RB Jones (Jets), DE Vanden Bosch (Titans), RB Taylor (Vikings), TE Olsen (Bears – wants a trade), WR either Bryant, Battle or Owens (Yes – still a threat), LB Bulluck (Titans), S Antrel Rolle or Ryan Clark and CB Dunta Robinson or Bly (again… but better than ours).

    I would like the Center just released by the Browns – he played C, G, and blocking TE last year.

    A lot to choose from; but may get a handful of good players; oldies but goodies until our draft class matures.

    Go Lions!

  3. By Don on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    I am trully Looking forward to who this TEAM is going to pick up.
    I believe that somehow this front office and the Scouts and even the coach’s are going to Surprize the Fans this yeaqr By bringing in some real good FAs this year. GUY’s that are going to Make a huge Impact in the game.
    And along with the Guy’s that we will pick up in the draft it should be an even better year than Last year. I’m not going to tell you guy’s who to pick I’m going to Leave it up to you guy’s and the LORD ! So I hope your prayin for the Lord to send you to the right Men and to send the right men toward you!

  4. By keith on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    with free agency begining tonight, I believe that it is very important for the team and that we make a move and sign at least one of the veteran free agent running backs. I myself would take thomas jones because he was the most productive last year and he takes care of him self better than the others as well. I think we need to do this because Kevin Smith needs someone to complement him in the backfield, this will also open up the passing game because we will have finally have a dangerous backfield. If we don’t get jones we should get Darren Sproles because he is a homerun hitter on offense and special teams.

    There are so many good players out there that know how to win. It only makes sense to go and get some help. This will make fans happy and hopefully it will translate to wins.

    other free agents that could help-

    Julius Peppers
    Darren Sharper
    Dunta Robinson
    Anquan Boldin

  5. By damon on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Lions staff this the most important night for all of next season. I would personally would love to see the lions pick up RB taylor and RB tomlinson. Also darren sharper, julius peppers. trade grady jackson and j peterson for r. seymore from oakland. And possibly Owens or bolden. culpepper should be traded for micheal vick. But more importantly the o-line and d line really needs to be addressed by the best available players.

  6. By D.APOLLOUS on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Man lets be real the lions need Defence and a solid OL! I see alot of folks talking about RB’s. No we have bigger fish to fry. Its thinking like that that had us wasting money on drafting WR’s and QB’s. If we would have been drafting on the other side of the ball we wouldn’t have lost all those games for all these years.

  7. By Mike on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    This is a big 6 weeks. I don’t see the team picking up another running back. Morris and Brown are still on the roster as back ups. I’d like to see how Smith & company do with an improved offensive line. If I am calling the shots, here are my top FA priorities to solidify the defense…
    S – Antrel Rolle
    CB – Dunta Robinson OR Lito Sheppard
    DE – Kyle Vanden Bosch
    MLB – Larry Foote

    We are in dier need of help at O-Line as well. Would like to see a legit guard and/or left tackle. When Peterman went out, our guard play went down the toilet. Maybe get a LT and move Backus to guard, but I don’t see a left tackle that is a “must have” in FA at this time.

  8. By Lisa on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    What is an exclusive rights free agent?

  9. By Matthew on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    alright way I look at it if we stay @ 2 and pick up a DT we need to get him some help on the line. Peppers would be a dream to grab if we could, but if not the idea of Kampman or Vanden Bosch would be a nice pickup as well. D line can do wonders on helping out the secondary if you can get pressure. I would then look at DB and pick up Robinson. We really need a GOOD RB. Smith just doesn’t cut it. In todays game of multi backs he can be a nice 2nd or 3rd option, but he is not the guy to be the team #1 really need to find a back in the draft, but if not I can getting jones would be a great fit. Next O line Bobby WIlliams would be a nice help and Mawae is still a stud at C get him and maybe move Dominic over and Mawae won’t be looking to break the bank on a contract either. As far as another wide out goes Bryant is a overpriced 2 or 3. He wants #1 money and for his carrier only had one good season. Not worth it. Kevin Walter is a great pickup for a #2 or look at chris chambers or josh reed. Also whoever said pick up Olsen from the bears I don’t understand that one we have Pettigrew why would you want Olsen?

  10. By Hubert on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    you have to draft the best guys to keep the lions on the path they want to go which is starting in the trenches o-line and d- line. Suh would be the best fit then go get some athletic d-ends that can get to the quarter back quickly. We were getting torched in the passing game almost every sunday even by the BROWNS cause the quarter back had all day to throw. I think we need some big offensive lineman to move the d-line , look at all the power houses like cowboys, steelers, ravens etc… those guys can get 7 yards a carry cause their o-line is big. draft in the trenches 1st and go get a well established hard younger running back in free agency.

  11. By Hubert on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    you see everyone who’s speaking out wants a running back. smith runs hard but doesnt go anywhere, he’s like a truck in neutral. we need talent that runs hard against other huge bcs schools that ran between tackles and actually did very well aginst those schools. like muuray from oklahoma maybe not a first rounder but definetly talented to get. running backs and o-line and d-line will make this a competetive team. the running game opens up the pass game, im looking out for you CJ!

  12. By Hubert on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    oh yea resign larry foote cause in my opinion he is top10 linebackers in the league and he fits what we are trying to be as a defense with delmas.

  13. By Gordie on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    If the offense is going to move the ball, a wide receiver opposite of calvin johnson would help. You get T.O. or Bryant even Walters would help. The running game would benefit big time as well as C.J. wouldnt be double covered as much. I think the Defense is getting better, missing a couple of pieces but you get better O, then the D wouldnt be out there as much. Use the draft to improve the lines and there on there way to being a contender.

  14. By Patrick O on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I’m a lifelong Michigander, but recently moved to Tennessee and I’ve watched the Titans the past season. I can honestly tell you that DE Vanden Bosch is not worth picking up. From what I saw, he slumped throughout the first half of the season and had a couple sacks near the end of the season. No where near what kind of impact he had when Albert Haynesworth was a Titan. Vanden Bosch will not be an upgrade to the DE position.

    Would definitely like to see the Lions pick up Dunta Robinson. Go Lions!

  15. By Gary Eisele on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    It is crucial that we get a big name defensive player to be the face of this defense. We have not had this in Detroit since Chris Spielman left. We need a leader and an identity. I like Louis Delmas for this role in the future but he is still very young.

  16. By keith on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    were down to about an hour now. What is the management going to do? There is no cap this year so money shouldn’t be an issue, but we never know with Mr. Ford. So I say to you Mr. Ford, go make somthing happen. Pay the free agents what they want and lets win some games. Can somebody say NFC North Champs 2010?1

  17. By Jon Giachino on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Build up the defense ! get more dynamic players up front. Van de Bosch and Bullocks would help. Familiar players for Coach Schwartz, the best new coach out there. He will turn this around, I guarantee it ! Go Lions!The U.P. loves the Lions Baby !

  18. By Lance Manly on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    The Schwartz stikes midnight!

    Nice… Schwartz knocks on the door at 12:01 and lands the third most coveted DE; last year’s Pro Bowler (5th time) Kyle Vanden Bosch.

    Our offensive coordinator; Lineham, at the same time seeks and lands WR Nate Burleson, which was the 2nd highest on the Free Agent available lists for WR, trumps my Terrel Owens pick earlier. Lineham was there when Nate was drafted and had his best year. I would have thought him outside the Lion’s reach, a bit of a gamble, but after he diced and sliced our defense last year Nate must have made an impression on our coaching staff.

    Finally, the third pickup, DT from Clevland; 325 pounder ex-Packer misfit in a 3-4; at home in 4-3 for a 5th or 6th round pick is good. The Lions have two fifth round picks; so hopefully it is for a 6th or the second 5th pick.

    These two starters on the D-Line free up Schwartz to both trade away Grady Jackson DT and pass on Suh/McCoy for an Offensive Tackle, Okung in the up coming draft.

    Those who worried can now rejoice – Lion’s have a true coaching staff on board now!

    May The Schwartz Be With You!

  19. By Jerome on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Burleson & V-Bosch are excellent additions. Drafting Suh, along with DT Williams passsing the physical–wow. Our Defense can be in the top 20 in the league–if we draft a solid CB. I say let most of the UFA CBs go, keep either James or Henry, but not both.

    Sheppard would be a goog pick-up and probably not too expensive. Keeping Foote helps the team AND the community. He was willing to come home to help out more than the football team. This speaks volumes to his character.

    Chester Taylor would be the ideal RB pick-up for us. He doesn’t have a lot of miles on him and he has shown that he can be a 1000 yard back. Neither him nor K.Smith might get 1000 yards, but combined our running game would get at least 1600 yards. Lets not forget Brown’s speed out of the backfield. He’s a big play waiting to happen on screens.

    If we trade the #2 pick, it will be worth it to get some other team’s #1 this year and next OR a #1 this year and a #2 this year and next year.

    We are definitely heading in the right direction. Go Lions! I see at least 7 wins this season and the playoffs in the 2011 season (NFC North Champs)

  20. By john on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I wouldn’t pass on either McCoy or Suh. In fact, I’d focus on the defense. Of course, the offensive line needs to be fixed. Above all, Mayhew, Schwartz et. al. have to avoid the errors of the past. Do your homework, especially in the middle and later rounds with treasures like Levy. I live in N. J. but have loved and followed the Lions since childhood: it’s been a tough go. I hope we can begin to turn things around.

  21. By Glenn Ryan on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t understand why the Lions didn’t try to go after Julius Peppers. The signing of Vanden Bosch obviously trumps that interest. Many analysts feel Vanden Bosch is on the downward slope of his career while Peppers is entering his prime. Plus the Bears are interested in Peppers — an intra-division rival. I also agree that S – Antrel Rolle and CB – Dunta Robinson OR Lito Sheppard would be upgrades per a post from Mike above. The cornerback position is in a dangerous strait now that Buchanon was released.

    Glenn Ryan

  22. By Dave on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    Things are getting exciting for the Lions already!! Vanden Bosch and Burleson are just the beggining! I feel as though we are set at running back. Defensive backfield should be our 1st priority with offensive line a very close 2nd. Its to bad we couldnt have gotten Cromartie. Talk about icing on the cake! I would have been happy with only those three pick-ups! Its all good though, after we draft Suh and find a way to get Taylor Mays its ON like DONKEY KONG!
    Can anyone say 13-3?!?! You heard it here 1st!!!

  23. By Don on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    I want to tell you How Happy you have made me today! Even though you might not care. I allmost came to tears! Allmost! NO Kidding great job Today! YOu made this fan proud to be a LIONS FAN. Keep It up. Things are Looking better all the time!
    P.S. YOU need to have More press confrences!!!!

  24. By Don on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    that we get to view also.

  25. By Jordan on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    hell yeah good job with the picks on free agency but we should definetly try to get sharper from new orleans him and lious delmas would be a great backfield now that we have some more defense lets get a rb like LT or an offesive lineman we have to protect stafford and give him more time!

  26. By Jordan on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    also i can’t beliive i forgot some run blockers! for smith or LT if we get him!

  27. By BILLY on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think we the lions are doing great. We need a RB that can fight for yards k smith is not a every down back he gos down to easy. and if we cant get a better OL LT then stafford has no chance. Stafford needs to lern to stop throwing the ball so hard all the time beacuse he over throws his WO. IF WE GET A BETTER OL he will have more time and will be great.

  28. By Big red on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Great job Mayhew to go out and get some players that should step right in and make a differance. I know its a huge price for Burleson but you have to find some one to take the double team of Megatron. You had a great draft last year and showed that you can find talent past the 1st and 2nd round. Should be a deep draft and we don’t have MIllen here to miss it up. Keep up the great work and Mr Ford might break out the check book for you to. PS I hope you read these BLogs Millen because any body that writes these blogs could have built a team to go 0 and 16. Go LIons.

  29. By Rene R. on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I like the direction staff has gone in the first stages of free agency. Perhaps they’re thinking OLine next. For RB i still like Aaron Brown’s potential and Muarice Morris looked good last season. maybe just some defensive additions to the backfield and OLine and we’ll be set. Thats how im feeling right now. Thank you LIONS’ staff for making efforts on building the team.

  30. By Don on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I second and thirds these Idea’s.we need to get some help up front on the Ol with a great guard at the Left or pick up Okung and move backus to Guard. And we need a RB to Help Kevin make up those yards.
    Now I’m not for letting Kevin go or anything like that cuz that cat is where it’s at (:
    Nice Job with the press confrance with MR. Mayhew and Mr. Williams.

  31. By Aj on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    We should go after Ryan Clark, Deshea Townsend, maybe Cory Redding(again), Aaron Kampman. Any one of the better named running backs could help out as well.

  32. By Ray on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I cant believe they gave Burelson that much money. He is like a 3rd Wr at best in almost anyother organization. I just pray they take Suh even with OL the biggest need.

  33. By David P on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    So far I’m getting to finally feel a little bit of PRIDE again being a lions fan after 55 years. I thought from the start Shwartz was going to be THE MAN, now I know I was right and glad they kept the head people they kept. Hopefully, they can sign at least 1 OL and have another good draft. Still be patient might take 1 to 2 more years of fixing Millens screwups to get the LIONS where WE will be able to ROAR with PRIDE. GO LIONS

  34. By jotawn on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    So far so good for the lions we need need to try to get antontie cromartie from the chargers if not duntae robinson a play maker cornerback for both sides LCB and RCB And then also I like eric berry the SS from Tennesee I would for the 2nd pick in the draft or maybe trade that pick and our 2nd round to beef up our defense some more and in the later rounds beef up our O-LINE. LETS GO LIONS!!!!

  35. By Jerome on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    Great job in free agency thus far. We should only get a DB with 8 years or less, even if they were a nickel corner. Also, we shouldn’t waste any money on ANY of the UFA OT out there…I don’t think any are an upgrade.

    The no-brainer is to draft Suh at #2 OR trade the pick and get a blue-chip LT or CB in the 1st round. Get a good RB like Jahvid Best in the 2nd round or another solid RB in the 4th round. Then pick up another solid CB in the 3rd round. With our recent pick ups, our needs are CB (2 of them), LT, and RB–IF we get Suh or McCoy at #2.

    I know I bounced around, but here would be an excellent draft for us:
    2-Campbell or Best Available OT or CB
    3-Solid RB like James (RB Miami)–Miami RBs tend to do well for at least 3-4 years no matter when drafted
    3-Best available OT or CB (that we didn’t get in 2nd Round (get by trading 5th and 6th round picks)

  36. By maneman on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    suh or mccoy….then a LT in the second…tackles are deep and suh and mccoy are franchise players..with a good defense stafford doesnt have to WIN every game…

  37. By Don on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    I am a fan that is a lot lot happier when I come to this site and see on NFL network the Kind of Moves that My TEAM is Making.This is by far the best front office and coaching STAFF That this team has had in Many many years. Well, at least 20.
    I am Looking forward to see what you guy’s do with the draft.
    And I won’t say to much except that I hope that you keep in Mind that chicago went and signed Peppers. Now not that, that scares me at all.
    Cuz it doesn’t and I think we got the Better DE and DT and WR In FA so far.
    It is just that I think that we need to get some help on the OL to help protect Stafford. And If Jerome Felton will Learn his Job and Know when he is supposed to put a block on a guy and do it then he should stay If Not then we need another FB aslo.

  38. By jacob on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    The Lions still need another DT to give the DT’s that are already there a breather once in a while. Jared Veldheer from Hillsdale College is about 6’8 and 300 plus 1b’s. And he be available in later rounds, hopefully. The other position they need is a safety and 2 cornerbacks, to go along with Louis Delmas. Other than that they are set

  39. By jacob on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    By the way, Jared Veldheer is a Offensive Tackle

  40. By matt on Mar 7, 2010 | Reply

    Please keep Foote on the roster… but past that good luck to the staff. I know you know what you are doing far better than me. I do realy like the Vanden Bosch and Burleson moves. If my input means anything. i would love to see darren sprolles on the roster to rotate in. i love his big play ablity

  41. By keith on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    whats next… the clock is ticking… we need to make a move on either darren sharper or a rb before they are all gone. sharper is one of the best safetys to play the game and delmas is a freak. go get him and we will have the best saftey tandem in the NFL, and if we get suh or mccoy we will have a lot of takeaways. Lets go Schwarts keep the good vibe going, go lions!

  42. By Anthony on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    1st Round – Suh
    2ns Round – Carlos Dunlap DE or Mike Johnson Alabama Guard
    Picking up Vaden Bosch was a great asset. Keep getting the D-line better…With the addition of Suh & Dunlap Detroit will have one of the best D-Lines in all of football. The pressure would help the secondary without drafting CBs…………Vaden Bosch, Suh, Sammie Lee, & Dunlap………..Nice D-Line

  43. By Lance Manly on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    The Vanden Bosch & Williams move has me wondering about Suh… Those three could create one of the more explosive dominating D-lines in football.

    … with that said; still hoping for Okung at Left Tackle, need to protect our franchise QB.

    Good news on the CB front; Rams made a mistake in not “tendering” their 2007 restricted free agent CB, which in effect makes him an unrestricted free agent. Thus, with the signing earlier today of Alanta’s CB Chris Houston, the Lions now have a great chance of having both the 2007 2nd & 3rd round 4.3 Corner backs. They were speedy, are young and now have experience. Can they be a dynamic duo, possibly, but a good chance ONE will be a starter.

    Oh, and BIG KUTOS for re-signing Heller after his best season ever. Nice job, need two good tight ends for goal line dual tight end sets; looks like run but both Pettigrew and Heller available for years on short TD passes.

    Go Lions.

  44. By keith on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I have been waiting patiently for another big move. sure we went and got a couple corners that will help, but we need a another rb and safety. taylor-bears, jones- chiefs, LT-vikings? LJ-Raiders? Westbrook-?. Unless we are planning on drafting another RB I suggest we get someone and fast.

    And as far as Darren Sharper or Lito Sheppard we better go get at least one of them before the Bears or anyteam in the NFC North does, or else we are gonna regret having to play them twice a year.

    Come on now! Keep our hopes up! Make something happen again!

  45. By keith on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    And who is in charge of maintaining this site? I would like to see it updated more frequently, In addition to more blogs that are relevent.

  46. By Anthony on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    We need Suh…It hasn’t been a DT this effective since Warren Sapp…Get him…..we grab an LT in the 2nd round

  47. By Anthony on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I said in earlier blogs Detroit Always does something stoopid…..Here we go again Corey Williams from the browns…

    Get Suh with Vaden Bosch and Have a great D-Line but now Detroit dumb administration gets a average D-lineman and let will let Suh get away. While this guy is going on 30 and will have only 3 or 4 years left in him while SUH will dominate for the next 10 years. Detroit is the stoooopidest team in the NFL…even dumber than the Raiders. If you want a LT Oher would of been an excellent option last year. Instead of an TE…..way to go Lions See you at the top of the Draft next year again!!!!!!

    The draft will be deep with Tackles grab one at the top of the 2nd round….Easier & Smarter

  48. By Lance Manly on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Anthony, hard to say the Lion’s are “stoopid” (spelled stupid, just FYI) since Schwartz started drafting.

    All ten draft picks last year, including one second to last pick, not only played at least in one game, but are still in the league. Just wish the Dolphins didn’t swipe our OT.

    Oh well… as far as getting Suh over Okung – it just doesn’t make econimical sense to do that. The price for a top five DT in the league is $7 million/annual; the #2 pick is going to cost you over $10 million – which is QB and LT wages.

    Suh is going to be good for the Buc’s and priced around 8-9 million; a little steep for DT, but worth it for 20% less than the Lion’s would be forced to pay him.

    On the other hand; Okung would be price right there with the Ram’s ’09 2nd pick OT Jason Smith – six years $61.775 Million or approx 10 million/annual.

    Backus held the LT position now for 10 years, move him to LG and secure TWO starters on the LEFT side; Stafford’s blind side, for the price of one.

    Finally, last time the Lion’s had a FRANCHISE QB – 1957 – doesn’t come along every year; better darn well protect our investment!

    Go Lions!

  49. By Anthony on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    I was being sarcastic…with the stoooooopid……..This draft is deep with OT…SUH is a every 5 year player. I don’t care about the money pay him he will be worth it. Detroit has drafted offensive players every year for the past decade except Ernie Sims its time to go on the opposite side of the ball. Suh is a monster and Okung is a solid LT but not a Pro Bowl LT like Joe Thomas was a few years ago. I dont know if Okung is the best OT in this draft. But Suh is the best DT by far….SUH SUh SUH SUh…get an OT in the 2nd round. Not getting Suh will haunt the lions and we will be back at the top of the draft next year.
    1st – Suh
    2nd – Dunlap
    3rd – Trade up to 2nd round for an OT
    Simple way to get better
    4th – CB
    GO Lions

  50. By Anthony on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Rock City Defense!!!!!! Begins in this draft. With Suh & Carlos Dunlap……..Rock City Defense

  51. By Anthony on Mar 14, 2010 | Reply

    Rock City Defense Lets Get Suh….Rock city Defense……….And Dunlap the ultimate pass rushing d-line

  52. By Lance Manly on Mar 15, 2010 | Reply

    Anthony, just read an article that 6 OT’s are expected to go in the First round, if so, that means the Lion’s would have to settle for the 7th best OT; which means he will probably be a backup to one of our current starting OT’s.

    Our Offensive line gave up 45 sacks last year and there wasn’t much running room there either.

    Suh would be great to have; but Stafford needs protection and our running backs need blocks.

    Besides it wasn’t our DT’s that were getting torched out there; it was our CB’s – so I think top of the 2nd round draft the best corner back.

    Either way Schwartz goes, I am going to support; but it has to be either Suh, McCoy or Okung – or even trade down for two or three picks and get the 2nd or 3rd best OT on the list.

    I think it is pipe dreaming about the trade down possibility – no one wants that top 4 picks; too darn expensive.

    Go Lions!

  53. By Anthony on Mar 15, 2010 | Reply

    I see you don’t know football. Why is the Detroit the only team in the league that keeps trying to build from the outside in. The team has been horrible for the past decade. You dont build a car from the frame to the engine. Suh is to good to past up on. Okung is a player however that can be passed up on and you can get another tackle. You can get a LT anytime. But Suh is irreplaceable. Detroit will be hunted for the next 20 years if Suh is passed up on. If we build the D-Line then the secondary instantly gets an upgrade. Look at the Colts, Vikings, The Titans a year ago, and the steelers. The front 7 created pressure. Their secondary have no big time cornerbacks and they are just fine. Get Suh and Dunlap. If we get those two guys you and i can play CB, because of the great pressure. We had no pressure last year and the CB got burnt simple. CB cant hold coverage forever if there is no pressure. GO LIONS
    My question is why are the lions finally realizing they need a LT. OHER last year. The lions seem to be a year behind on everything. Get a LT in the 2nd round simple strategy…..SUH SUH SUH SUH SUH SUH
    Okung is a great player but you will always have great LT but not an impacting player like SUH…

  54. By john on Mar 16, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Anthony. It’s all about DEFENSE. An improved defense will help keep Stafford et. al., off the field. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should neglect the offensive line. Both lines, defensive and offensive are in a SERIOUS state of disrepair, and that’s really the ultimate reason we lose games. And don’t forget, we wouldn’t be having dialogues like these if our draft and f.a. decisions had been a little smarter than cretin over the last decade or so. But I have a lot more faith in Mayhew/Schwartz than in their predecessors (although I have yet to be sold on the value of these old f.a. guys they continue to spend money one, some of whom are already gone). Go Lions!

  55. By matthew on Mar 16, 2010 | Reply

    the lions should take okung over suh, if you understand basic math it is simple. no NFL team pays a D-tackle 10 million a year. okung is younger wich by law of average he will play longer wich also is more value for the pick. also top ten D-tackles have a much bigger bust rate. O-tackle is the second most important position on the field , that is why they get paid more.

  56. By Anthony on Mar 16, 2010 | Reply

    Suh all day. The best player in the draft. Rock City Defense

  57. By Anthony on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    There are plenty of good offensive tackles available later on, but you cannot find another Suh.

  58. By Lance Manly on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    Anthony; the Lions front office likes Suh; and Suh seem to enjoy his visit.

    I have faith that Schwartz and Mayhew will chose the correct player (Suh, McCoy, or Okung… no one else should be on their list).

    My faith in them is further bolstered by the fact that all three of those talented players made their FIRST Team Visit to the Lion’s den. How did they get all three of these top players to visit Detroit first?

    I don’t know, but the front office is on top of their game.

    The Rams not inviting them first; or not being eager to see any of these three re-enforces the conclusion that Sam Bradford QB is their guy. Sam is making his 1st visit to the Rams this week.

    That means the Lions will ultimately have their choice of DT or OT.

    Just for fun; if the Rams pass on Sam Bradford; Holgrem from Clevland said he’d consider trading up for Sam Bradford. Clevland is at #7; where the #1 or #2 OT would still be on the board. Clevland would have to trade with either the Lions or the Bucs to get in front of Washington that wants a QB.

    Washington may also want to jump up (possible to Detroit) if they are convinced that Holgrem would deal with the Bucs to save a little cash and take Bradford.

    I would love a trade down to Washington #4 and pick up a 3rd or; can we dream, a 2nd round additional pick. Because Okung would definately be available at #4 and possible McCoy; get one of them and a pick… sweet.

    But I think Rams have to take Bradford or the peasants will storm the castle!

    Go Lions!

  59. By Anthony on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    Finally Suh is the majority vote. On the other note detroit needs to focus better on their 2nd and 3rd round picks.
    2nd – Carlos Dunlap or Best OT available
    3rd – Offensive guard or running back
    2nd round picks have been busts in Detroit the past decade. Only Delmas has been a solid 2nd round pick

  60. By Lance Manly on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Honestly Anthony; all rounds have been a “bust” for the last decade – excluding Schwartz – known as Matt Millen “Hell”

    … excluding the obvious names…

    Sims, Johnson, Smith, Gosder (? – still wavering), and Roy Williams (good for a year and an EXCELLENT trade!)


    P.S. Our drafting / free agency is beginning to be complimented by ESPN, SI and others that used to use the Lion’s as the butt of their jokes…

  61. By Anthony on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    Detroit Defense Was Dead Last a year Ago. Draft Suh
    But if you draft Okung Stafford will be protected better while the defense gets scorched. But Hey at least Stafford Will Have Better Protection. Get out of here Silly idea to think of OKung. Suh all day
    but again Detroit will do something stupid. Like Eric Berry or Okung watch and see. We need Suh to slow down Adrian Peterson
    The Texans draft just to stop Peyton Manning so why doesn’t Detroit draft to stop the best team in our division.
    SUH king of the Lion Tribe……….

  62. By Lance Manly on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    Anothony; first using the Texans as an example doesn’t support your arguement; they have only beaten the Colts once. Lion’s average better than that vs Vikings.

    Second; Adrain hasn’t hurt the Lions in last two years. During the 0-16 season they won by 2 and 4 points; one decided by a bad Pass Interfence call at the end of the game in Minnesota.

    This past season the Lions led 10-7 at half and first five second half drives were three punts, a fumble and an interception. Can you say NO O-LINE!

    Three of the last Four games Adrian Peterson had less than 100yrds. Last game against them Farve Torched our secondary for 344 yards. Both games last year Stafford threw for a combined 350yrds or so; again No O-LINE.

    The Lions were UNABLE to run against the Vikings; 82 and 55 yards last season by K. Smith; Stafford rushed for 28 – AGAIN NO O-LINE – he scramble for his life.

    You want to stack up against the Vikings; need to protect Stafford.

    You want to win like the Colts? Keep our QB’s jersey clean like Mannings.

    Suh would be nice; but Okung is the need.

    Last one to score wins!

    Go Lions!

  63. By Clint on Apr 13, 2010 | Reply

    With the 34th pick in the draft the lions SHOULD take Javhid Best (lord please tell me they read this) I shall break it down into pros and cons with a follow up responds to both.Cons.. Injury prone….not very big

    Now the claim that he is injury prone is based on some belief that some players just get hurt…or they have bad luck. I however don’t consider his injuries to be a sign of a pattern.
    – foot injury in his freshmen year
    – Elbow injury last year(was a freak accident)
    – Neck injury from a launching himself into the air and falling on his head (gets points for getting that damn high in the air…and who wouldn’t get hurt falling on their head from 15 feet fall?)…freak accident

    (Injury patterns issue) to me what would be a concern would be Knees Shoulders and a pattern of concusions. So the question is this…IF team doctors his doctors league doctors can confirm him fit for play….then he should be ranked as the number one back in the draft ahead of CJ Spiller. The injury prone concern is baseless…some runners that have been rocks in college join the league and get hurt…remember Ki Jana Carter…3rd carry of his preseason career put him on IR….AND he was a ROCK at Penn State. Terrel Davis was looked over in the draft because of him being often hurt and he had a 7 year career.

    (Size concerns) Jahvid best is being refered to now as a 3rd down back because of his size…my responds to that is…he is the same size of not bigger than CJ spiller Chris Johnson, Deangelo Williams and 10 pounds lighter than Ray Rice and Thomas Jones …here are the NFL combine measureables…

    Jahvid best 5’10” 199 lbs > http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/jahv

    C.J. Spiller 5’11” 196 lbs > http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/c.j….

    Chris Johnson 5’11” 200 lbs >


    Thomas Jones 5’10” 212 lbs >


    Maurice Jones Drew 5’7″ 208 lbs >


    Not only are these players similar in size to Javhid Best BUT REPRESENT THE 2nd 4rd and 6th in the league in rushing attempts per game as only 4 backs averaged 20 rushing attempts per game last year!!!! >>> http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?a
    All of which function as everydown backs!!!

    So I can honestly say hands down that Javhid best is the BEST offensive skill position player in the draft >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsJC_EUPr… and its not even close.

    Lastly the Lions need play makers. Players that can make a play even when there isn’t a play to be made. And to have that type of player at the tail back position makes your Quarterback TONS better….Just ask Vince Young who all of a sudden KNOWS football now that he plays with Chris Johnson…ask Chad Henne who has Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown….Ask John Elway when he could not win until he got that great play maker in the back field…Ask Donovan McNabb if he needed someone to help him take the pressure off of him all these years…Ask Kurt Warner when it was the greatest show on Turf about the impace of a play maker from the running back position….and look at Matthew Stafford a player who has the chance to be really good…but if his right arm is the ONLY hope of moving the football…then we will find him on IR again…not because of Jeff Backus (well maybe because of Jeff Backus lol) But because of our lack of play making from the back field…a high percentage football play that only requires us to turn and give it to someone…and i am sure you know how well that looks in a detroit Uniform to have a runner make plays.

    This is by far the BEST pick the lions could make with the 34th pick in the draft!!!!…and no NOT Blount Piston lol.

    I am not the only one that thinks this way >>> http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=nf

    Best skill set looks like DeAngleo Williams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll-JLyWGT

    same things that ARE being said about Best ARE the same things that WHERE said about Chris Johnson http://nfldraft.rivals.com/cviewplayer.a

  64. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait for this season!!! Super Bowl here we come! GO LIONS!!!

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