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Just Say No 2.0: 5 more players the Lions should avoid in free agency

Five more free agents the Lions should pass on.

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Here we are again, Lions fans. As I may or may not have mentioned last week, I promise to be coming at you with free agents the Lions should be saying no to every week until free agency starts on March 9.

For those of you that are just joining in, “Just Say No” is all about crushing the dreams of Lions fans. I’m going to take the weekly social media proclamations of “the Lions should sign this guy,” and I'm going to tell you why they won’t and, more importantly, why they shouldn't.

Without further ADO (used it right this week) let's get started.

Eddie Lacy

Lacy is a guy I was surprised to see Lions fans pining for. Considering how close they are to the situation, one would think Lions fans would know how much of a train wreck Lacy has been.

After two great years in the league, Eddie decided to hit the buffet with a vengeance. He showed up to camp near 300 pounds in 2015, then lost the weight before camp in 2016. Then gained it back during the season. Then he got hurt. All the while, he's ran for a combined 1,118 yards and three touchdowns in the last two years. Lacy will catch on somewhere and give that team some production. But that team won't be close to Lafayette and American.

Pierre Garcon

This may come as a surprise to some. Garcon is coming off a nice year in Washington, and a receiver would help the Lions. Why do I say no? Justin Forsett, that's why.

You have to be wondering why I would say Justin Forsett? Because these two are a lot alike in the sense that they're two guys that are greatly inconsistent, yet flash just enough next level talent to keep them going. Take a look at Garcon’s career. You'll see it's nothing but ups and downs and big years in times of needing a new contract.

At 30 years old, is Garcon worth the risk if he's potentially going down hill again?

Mario Williams

Welcome to your weekly reminder that teams don’t just cut once great players for no reason. The former No. 1 pick has been cut by his last two teams, and there’s a good reason for this. Williams declining play meant that the Bills could no longer afford to pay him high dollar, and as for Miami, it just didn’t work there.

Besides, of all the positions along the line for the Lions, defensive end is not really their highest of needs. With Ezekiel Ansah, Kerry Hyder and Devin Taylor—who I believe may return—the Lions should look to get younger, not at someone who’s played 20 games in the last two years.

Vince Wilfork

I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen this one. I’m just being preemptive before it pops in someone’s head. Not only does Wilfork look like someone’s dad, he’s old enough to be mine. At 35, it’s time for the big guy to retire.

Wilfork has clearly declined in the past two years. He’s played his part on the Texans line well, but even though the Lions could part with Haloti Ngata, this would be a step in the wrong direction.

DeSean Jackson

Here we are with our weekly big fish. DeSean Jackson is going to be one of those guys that fans of every team are going to want. Of course they do. When you see a player do something like this, it’s hard not to salivate a little.

Still fun to watch. The issue is that this was seven years ago. Jackson doesn’t do stuff like this anymore. I’d argue that he doesn’t do much of anything anymore.

Since heading to Washington, after leaving Philadelphia after some attitude issues, Jackson hasn’t played a full season. Jackson has also shown a lot of inconsistency when it comes to catching the ball. He averages about three drops a year. That may not seem like a lot, but in terms of drop stats, it is.

At the classic 30 years old, do the Lions want to take the same chance they did on Anquan Boldin last year? And if they do, will it have the same results? I say no. Despite Jackson coming off a decent contract year, he has still declined enough that the Lions should take a pass and go after a guy like Kamar Aiken instead.

What do you think Lions fans? Be sure to leave your comments below. And remember, when it comes to these players, the Lions should Just Say No. Straight Up.

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