Lions free agency: Recapping the first four days of action

Andy Lyons

A look back at the Detroit Lions' first four days of free agency.

The fourth day of NFL free agency isn't technically over just yet, but the Detroit Lions aren't expected to make any additional moves as we head into the weekend. They have made several moves since free agency opened on Tuesday, though. Let's take a look back at what they've done so far:

Day 1

Free agency opened with fireworks around the league, but not so much in Detroit. Quite a few big-time deals were handed out on the first day of free agency, but all the Lions did from a transactions standpoint was re-sign running back Joique Bell to a three-year deal and wide receiver Kevin Ogletree to a one-year deal. Generally speaking, it was a boring first day of free agency for the Lions.

Day 2

It was a different story for the Lions on the second day of free agency thanks to wide receiver Golden Tate, who came in for a visit on Wednesday (as did center Phil Costa). A couple hours after Bell officially re-signed and held an awesome press conference with his son, Tate agreed to a five-year deal with the Lions. There was initially some uncertainty over whether or not a deal was actually in place, but the Lions did in fact work out a contract before Tate's visit came to a close. (It turns out Wednesday's snowstorm was a good thing since it kept Tate in town longer than he expected.)

Day 3

There weren't any major moves on Thursday for the Lions, but there was a lot of activity involving them. They brought in fullback Henry Hynoski, defensive end Darryl Tapp and safety James Ihedigbo for visits. Tapp agreed to a one-year deal, and although Ihedigbo left without signing, he is expected to officially join the team in the near future. As for Hynoski, he decided to re-sign with the New York Giants following his visit.

There was also news involving Costa, defensive end Willie Young and defensive tackle Vaughn Martin on Thursday. Costa opted to join the Indianapolis Colts a day after visiting the Lions, and Young agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Martin, meanwhile, joined the Lions after previously visiting the team back in February.

Day 4

There has only been one move for the Lions so far on Friday, but it was a pretty notable one. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew signed a four-year deal to stay with the Lions after drawing interest from numerous teams. The Lions made it a priority to re-sign him, and early on Friday morning, word leaked out that Pettigrew made the decision to stay in Detroit.

As the weekend approaches, things have quieted down quite a bit for the Lions. They've used up most of their cap space since the start of free agency, and the only move they are expected to make going forward is signing Ihedigbo. They could certainly add some depth guys on minimum type of deals, but don't expect any big splashes going forward.

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