It's been a pretty quiet first week of free agency for the Detroit Lions. Although they did pull off a pretty notable trade just as free agency began a week ago, most of their moves have revolved around re-signing their own players. Actually, the Lions have only signed a single free agent from another team in the last week, and as far as we know, they're only targeting one other free agent from another team right now.
Despite the overall lack of activity, there have been some notable moves involving the Lions, so let's recap them:
Lions free agents
A total of seven of the Lions' free agents have already been re-signed by the team: quarterback Dan Orlovsky, quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive end Darryl Tapp, linebacker Josh Bynes, safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, long snapper Don Muhlbach and kicker Matt Prater. Two of those players, Moore and Bynes, were restricted free agents, but the Lions simply re-signed them instead of tendering them.
On top of those seven players, the Lions did tender wide receiver Jeremy Ross and defensive end George Johnson. Ross will for sure be back since he is an exclusive-rights free agent, but Johnson could potentially sign an offer sheet elsewhere. The Lions would have the opportunity to match any deal that Johnson gets, but they would receive no compensation since he was given an original-round tender and entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
To this point, three of the Lions' free agents have signed elsewhere: fullback Jed Collins (Dallas Cowboys), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Miami Dolphins) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (St. Louis Rams). The rest of the Lions' free agents remain unsigned, and there really haven't been any notable developments with them just yet.
Other free agents
Aside from Haloti Ngata, who joined the Lions via a trade, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker is Detroit's only brand-new player so far. Walker went into the offseason as a restricted free agent, but he did not receive a tender from the New Orleans Saints. This allowed him to freely sign with any team he wanted, and he ended up choosing the Lions over the New England Patriots and several other teams.
Outside of Walker, it's been pretty quiet on the free-agent front for the Lions. They hosted offensive guard Justin Blalock for a visit last week, but the Lions aren't the only team interested in him, and he's still unsigned. Previously, the Lions hosted defensive tackle Kendall Langford for a visit, but he signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Several other players who were at one point connected to the Lions have also signed elsewhere: running back C.J. Spiller (Saints), defensive tackle Dan Williams (Oakland Raiders), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (Washington Redskins) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (Arizona Cardinals).
In the coming weeks, I'm sure more names will emerge as the Lions look to fill some of their remaining needs, but we've reached the point where most of the remaining free agents are anything but high-profile players. In other words, the Lions could go hunting for bargains, but I can't imagine they will make any big splashes at this point.
For more news and updates, check out our Lions free agency tracker.