The Detroit Lions are moving forward with their offseason now that the draft is complete. General Manager Bob Quinn still has not made any announcement regarding linebacker Stephen Tulloch, but news could be coming soon. Especially with yesterday’s trade of a conditional 7th round pick for Patriots linebacker Jon Bostic. Bostic comes to the Lions expecting to compete for any of the three linebacker spots and provide special teams play in the event that he does not beat out any of the starting three linebackers. Currently, it is expected that DeAndre Levy will start at weakside and Tahir Whitehead will start in the middle. The strongside spot is currently open, although since the team usually plays nickel, it is a spot that is likely not going to matter too much.
On the topic of linebackers, Bob Quinn did sign former Tennessee linebacker Zaviar Gooden as well. Gooden is a very fast, very athletic linebacker who so far has not panned out in the NFL. Like Bostic though, Gooden is young.
The Lions also signed receiver Andre Caldwell, formerly of the Denver Broncos. Caldwell was added to compete for a spot and potentially push receivers Corey Fuller and TJ Jones. Jones seems likely to make the team due to his special teams play but still needs to earn his spot.
The Lions have signed all of their draft picks. Last week it was announced that they had signed all of their picks except for second round pick A’Shawn Robinson. While the news was quite odd coming from the team, it was not too concerning given that the contracts of all rookies are pre-determined for the most part. Robinson, who spoke briefly to the media today, signed his contract making it official that all of the Lions draft picks are under contract.