The weekend started off busy with a flurry of re-signings on Friday, but that just proved to be the majority of the activity from the weekend. The Detroit Lions were fairly quiet considering the scheduled visits with safety Rafael Bush, tackle Russell Okung, and defensive tackle Akeem Hicks. In the end though, it was more about retaining their own then about adding new. Below is a recap from the weekend.
On Friday, the Detroit Lions re-signed backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky. The move was likely an insurance move just in case the team cannot find a good enough backup in the draft to be the backup to Matthew Stafford. The terms of his deal were not yet announced. The Lions also re-signed their long snapper which was of no surprise to anyone given how good he is and that he wanted to be here. The terms of Don Muhlbach‘s contract were also not yet announced. And finally, the re-signed corner Crezdon Butler. Butler’s signing, with terms also not yet announced, was likely a depth move.
The Lions hosted safety Rafael Bush on Friday from the New Orleans Saints on a visit. The visit turned out to be a fruitful one as he signed with the team Saturday on a 1 year 2.4 million dollar deal. The Lions were also scheduled to host Akeem Hicks, but he never left Chicago and ended up signing with the Bears. Russell Okung, who visited Saturday, left with a high interest in the Lions, but still needed to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers first before making a decision. It was reported that the Steelers offered him a contract but he has not yet signed anywhere.
As of right now there are no reported visits scheduled for the Lions today but that likely will change throughout the course of the day. I would be surprised if the team did not host someone or re-sign one of their own after a busy start to free agency. On another note, the Lions have still not yet released linebacker Stephen Tulloch who received a 500,000 roster bonus after remaining on the team past last night’s deadline. When questioned by the media about the status of Tulloch, the team stated that they had nothing to report. Tulloch was initially informed that he would be released at the start of free agency. His current status with the team is confusing given that his release frees up about 6 million in cap room.
The Lions also received two compensatory picks on Friday for the losses of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency. They received a 3rd round pick and a 6th round pick. That brings their current pick count to 10