On Sunday we all discussed our favorite moves the Detroit Lions made so far during the offseason. As expected, the Lions’ moves along the offensive line are popular choices. Others think Detroit did a great job overhauling their struggling linebacker crew. There were several other choices made, pointing out just how popular the moves Bob Quinn has made so far in 2017.
But not every move can be winner. Even Quinn is susceptible to the occasional mistake. Last year, the signings of Stevan Ridley, Stefan Charles, Geoff Schwartz and Jeremy Kerley didn’t work out. None of those signings turned out to be particularly costly, but they also didn’t help the team much.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What is your least favorite offseason move the Lions have made this year?
My answer: Signing Akeem Spence to a three-year, $9 million contract.
The Lions absolutely needed an overhaul of their defensive line, so I support their decisions to let the likes of Tyrunn Walker, Stefan Charles and Devin Taylor walk. But the signing of Spence left a lot to be desired. Despite the fact that Spence only has 5.5 sacks in four season, it appears Detroit will be relying upon him to provide some pass rush from the inside.
This move would have made sense had the Lions drafted or signed a starting-level player to push Spence down to be a rotational player. However, the way the roster currently stands (and considering the contract terms the Lions gave him), Spence appears primed to get a huge percentage of snaps in 2017. For someone who graded out fourth-lowest in Pro Football Focus’ ratings, that’s a bit scary.