Friday Notes: Free Agency Has Begun

  • Free agency officially started at 12:01 a.m. ET, kicking off what is sure to be an eventful part of the offseason.  Specifically for the Lions, it is expected that they will be very busy in the next few days.  With lots of cap room and a roster full of holes, this will be a very important time for the Lions.  Not only will what they do in free agency clear up the draft picture quite a bit, but it will really be the new front office's first chance to show what they're made of.  Obviously Martin Mayhew sort of gave us a glimpse of what he can do with the Roy Williams trade, but making a trade and making moves in free agency are two completely different animals.  The latter is much tougher in my opinion, and I think we'll start to realize what direction this franchise is going in pretty quickly.
  • Even though Panthers cornerback Ken Lucas put an end to trade talks between the Lions and Carolina, Detroit is continuing to work the phones in hopes of making a deal that would land them a corner.  The Lions have a need for two starting corners, and there aren't a whole lot of options out there in the free agent market.  Because of that, the Lions will have to likely find at least one starter via a trade or the draft.
  • Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington is reportedly going to visit the Lions this weekend.  Washington would be the Lions' #2 receiver if he signed with Detroit.  The appeal of coming to the Lions is the chance to start and the chance to play alongside Calvin Johnson.  With such a talented player on one side of the field, any other receiver is probably going to get a few more open looks than usual since defenses have to really focus on C.J.
  • CollegeFootballNews.com has always been a pretty shoddy site over the years, but their latest stab at a mock draft is pure comedy.  They project Matthew Stafford as the top overall pick, which is no surprise.  However, for the 20th overall pick, CFN has the Lions drafting Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin.  Seriously. 

    Their explanation is even more hilarious.  They defend the pick by saying that Detroit needs playmakers and that Lions quarterbacks will need targets to throw to.  Evidently they are forgetting that having an offensive line or a defense is sort of important, or that the Lions already have a playmaker that goes by the name Megatron. 

    Not only would this pick be horrendous based on the fact that wide receiver should be the least of the Lions' concerns in the first-round of the draft, but Harvin is a slot type of guy.  He does not seem like someone that will make a consistent impact on a game, and drafting him because Matthew Stafford and Daunte Culpepper need targets is possibly the dumbest reason ever.
  • Speaking of awful mock drafts, the Sporting News has the Lions selecting Mark Sanchez with the top overall pick.
  • Former Lions tight end Dan Campbell has signed with the New Orleans Saints.
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