The Detroit Lions and new general manager Bob Quinn had a busy first day of free agency yesterday when it was announced that they had agreed to terms with two free agents, as well as re-signing one of their own. They started things off by agreeing to terms with former Cincinnati wide receiver Marvin Jones, who got a deal averaging 8 million per year. His signing was important to help lessen the blow of losing Calvin Johnson to retirement.
They followed that up with news that Haloti Ngata was re-signing on a two year deal averaging about 6 million per year. The contract was less than his 8 million last season but for a short term contract, it was a fair number for both sides. The Lions have now re-signed last seasons two starting defensive tackles.
They finished the day off by poaching special teams player and backup safety Tavon Wilson from the Patriots. Wilson’s contract came in at 2 years and roughly 1.1 million per season.
Lost in the busyness yesterday was that the Lions actually lost two of their free agents. Travis Lewis signed with Minnesota and Isa Abdul-Quddus, who the team would have liked to bring back as their starting safety, signed with Miami.
Several of their rumored targets are now off the market as well. George Iloka, who was the top target at safety, re-signed with the Bengals. Rodney McLeod, a hot name at safety from the Los Angeles Rams, signed a contract with Philadelphia. The Lions also had interest in JR Sweezy, a guard from Seattle, who signed with Tampa Bay. One of the better options at right tackle on the market was Browns tackle Mitchell Schwartz, who signed with Kansas City. Finally, top center Alex Mack from the Browns signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
While today could also be a busy day for free agent deals, I dont expect the Lions to make any big time moves. I do expect them to either land a linebacker or re-sign Tahir Whitehead real soon since defense was their major focus this offseason.