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Tuesday open thread: What was the Lions’ best free agent signing on defense?

Which defensive signing has impressed you the most this offseason?

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The Detroit Lions made their 10th free agent signing (not including their own) on Monday when they inked linebacker Nick Bellore to a one-year deal. Of those ten signings, six were on defense and four were on offense.

While it was the two offensive line signings that drew most of the attention both locally and nationally, there has been a significant amount of change on defense. It appears the likes of Stefan Charles, Tyrunn Walker and Devin Taylor have been replaced by Akeem Spence, Jordan Hill and Cornelius Washington. In comes Paul Worrilow and the aforementioned Bellore; out goes Josh Bynes and DeAndre Levy.

Here’s a look at all of the new faces on Detroit’s defensive roster:

DT Akeem Spence
DT Jordan Hill
DE Cornelius Washington
LB Paul Worrilow
LB Nick Bellore
CB DJ Hayden

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Which of these six defensive signings was the best move for the Detroit Lions?

My answer: While none of these additions have me head over heels, I think I’m most excited to see what Cornelius Washington can do. Washington never did much with the Chicago Bears, but his skillset was a mismatch when the team hired John Fox and decided to switch to a 3-4 front. In Detroit, he should be a good fit as a rotational player that has above-average pass rushing skills and can even kick inside on occasional downs. Take, for example, this play that our own Ryan Mathews found in his detailed breakdown of Washington (lined up over the right guard):

I expect Washington to have the biggest positive impact of all six defensive players signed so far.

Your turn.


Which player has been the Lions’ best defensive addition so far this offseason?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    DT Akeem Spence
    (112 votes)
  • 5%
    DT Jordan Hill
    (59 votes)
  • 22%
    DE Cornelius Washington
    (252 votes)
  • 16%
    LB Paul Worrilow
    (183 votes)
  • 4%
    LB Nick Bellore
    (52 votes)
  • 41%
    CB DJ Hayden
    (469 votes)
1127 votes total Vote Now

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