NFL free agency has been underway since Tuesday, and it has produced a whole lot of news for the Detroit Lions. It has also produced several notable tweets from current and former Lions players. Let's see what they have had to say about this crazy week of free agency.
Let's start with the reaction to Reggie Bush, Jason Jones and Glover Quin signing with the Lions.
Proud to be a @detroitlionsnfl and excited to welcome @reggiebush to the family.— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) March 13, 2013
Great day for our club! 3 new teammates! Welcome to the family fellas. Lets get to work! Thanks fans for making it a great place to play!— Matthew Stafford (@Staff_9) March 13, 2013
Welcome to the D @reggiebush and @gloverquin29 ! Personally looking forward to playing with @jasonjones91! #LETSGOTOWORK #Lions #Detroit— Ndamukong Suh (@ndamukong_suh) March 13, 2013
Lions off to a great start in free agency.The fans have a lot to look forward to with the draft around the corner as well.Should be a fun yr— Stephen Tulloch (@stephentulloch) March 13, 2013
"@j3nap: @nate13burleson you stoked or what????? #lionblood" 2013 is year of LION! #LIONBLOOD— Nathaniel E Burleson (@Nate13Burleson) March 13, 2013
Out team just got that much better. Excited about about the upcoming season. Welcome to the club @reggiebush— Joique Bell (@JoiqueBell) March 14, 2013
Congrats lions fans on signing Reggie bush...— Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) March 13, 2013
And how about some tweets from a couple of the players who signed?
Detroit what up!!!!! I hope y'all ready for me! Can't say how grateful I am for the support from the fans! Can't wait to get to work! #Lions— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) March 14, 2013
Up late getting some studying in learning the new Playbook! #LionBlood— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) March 15, 2013
Just want to say thank you to the Detroit Lions organization and coaches for giving me an opportunity to continue my career!!!— Glover Quin Jr (@GloverQuin29) March 13, 2013
Detroit fans, lets get it started!!!— Glover Quin Jr (@GloverQuin29) March 13, 2013
Players also reacted to the news of some Lions free agents signing with other teams.
Much love and respect to Detroit... Loved my time there and made a lot of great friends...— Cliff Avril (@cliffavril) March 14, 2013
I would like to thank the Lions organization, my teammates, the Ford family, and the Lions fans for four solid years in Detroit...— SammieLeeHill (@SamMoi91) March 14, 2013
@sammoi91 @cliffavril congrats on those new contracts my dudes you will be missed here in Detroit! Good luck!— Nick Fairley (@Nick_Fairley251) March 14, 2013
The next major development came on Thursday when Jeff Backus announced his retirement, and several players took to Twitter to react to the news.
I will miss having JB guarding my blindside this year. Jeff is a pro that all of us aspire to be on and off the field. A great warrior! #76— Matthew Stafford (@Staff_9) March 14, 2013
Sad to hear the retirement of Jeff backus... One of the hardest working men in the NFL. True warrior— Travis Lewis (@TravisLewis28) March 14, 2013
Just got word Backus is retiring...12 solid years what an accomplishment! Best of luck!— Nick Fairley (@Nick_Fairley251) March 14, 2013
Jeff Backus was a warrior and a pros pro...— Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) March 14, 2013
On Friday, the headline-grabbing move was Louis Delmas re-signing with the Lions.
Man I got my brother 26 back with me!!— $low Grind (@Chris23Houston) March 15, 2013
Congrats to my brother@louisd_26 on getting his deal....— Cliff Avril (@cliffavril) March 15, 2013
Congrats to my dawg Lou on signing back with Detroit— Justin Durant (@JDurant52) March 15, 2013
And finally, the best tweet of all from this week came from Justin Durant. He hasn't been signed yet, and he had some fun with his current situation by joking about potentially going to work for Chick-fil-A.
Rough outchea bruh twitpic.com/cbatys— Justin Durant (@JDurant52) March 14, 2013
This tweet resulted in a hilarious picture (and new avatar for Durant):
SWAG RT @jmeltdown79: @jdurant52 they are fighting for your job! twitter.com/Jmeltdown79/st…— Justin Durant (@JDurant52) March 15, 2013
Hang in there, Justin. Hang in there.
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