At 12 p.m. ET the “legal tampering period” of free agency begins. Once the clock strikes noon, teams will be allowed to talk and negotiate with agents of players that are set to become unrestricted free agents at the beginning of the new league year (Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET).
After the excitement over the weekend, in which the Lions were reportedly very interested in cornerback Richard Sherman, it appears the Detroit Lions could be very active players in the free agency market. According to the Detroit News’ Justin Rogers, Detroit has about $27 million in cap space to spend, which is more than enough to make a few impact signings.
Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve discussed the players we’d like for the Lions to sign, players we want them to avoid, and given our opinion on which of their own free agents they should bring back. But now it’s prediction time.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Who are two free agents you think the Detroit Lions will sign?
My answer: I think the Lions will sign Josh Sitton and Marquis Flowers.
While Sitton comes with a significant risk, I think he makes a lot of sense for the team. He would be an almost identical signing to T.J. Lang from last year, but probably a little cheaper since he’s already 31 years old. He’d provide a nice stop-gap solution for Detroit’s left guard vacancy and would still allow the Lions to possible draft an interior offensive linemen in this year’s deep draft class.
As for Marquis Flowers, this is just a Matt Patricia signing that makes too much sense. Flowers credits Patrica for saving his football career, marking a moment when Patricia expressed his belief in him as the turnaround point in his life. Flowers isn’t an absolute stud, but the Lions are going to need linebacker depth, especially with Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow set to become free agents. Flowers’ best asset is his familiarity with Patricia’s defense, and he could help the team transition to whatever scheme the Lions choose to use in 2018.
Now it’s your turn. Make your best predictions for the Detroit Lions’ 2018 free agency period.