On Monday, we tried to kick the week off right by bringing a little optimism to the crowd. Our Question of the Day asked Detroit Lions fans to pick out their favorite of their new free agency signings. A large majority of you seem to be excited about what LeGarrette Blount can do for Detroit’s lackluster running game. That makes a lot of sense considering just how bad Detroit has been at running the ball for the past three years, especially in short-yardage situations.
But now it’s time to look at the other side of the coin. Detroit has made some unpopular decisions through one week of free agency, so let’s talk about them. Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions free agency move has been the worst this offseason?
Just so we aren’t picking on some of these depth signings, let’s go ahead and include any non-moves (ie: players they chose not to go after).
My answer: While my true answer is probably releasing Eric Ebron, I think we’ve collectively talked about that enough. I’d like to talk about something else at the moment.
The Lions’ inability (or disinterest) in getting at least one interior defensive lineman is the biggest mistake Detroit has made thus far. I don’t know if they assumed Haloti Ngata was in the bag or if they’re banking on picking an interior defender early on draft day, but defensive tackle was arguably the worst positional unit last year, and it has only gotten worse so far.
Meanwhile, guys like Dontari Poe, Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson were all there for the taking. I’m not saying the Lions needed to land one of the biggest options available in free agency, but anyone would be nice. And no, re-signing Christian Ringo with his exclusive-rights free agent tender doesn’t count.
Of course, the Lions could immediately remedy the situation by signing a few of the guys now available after a round of cuts from across the league. Inking Johnathan Rankins to a three or four-year deal would shut me up in an instant. At this point, I may be okay with an Ndamukong Suh reunion, too, even at a high price. I just need something to keep me optimistic that there won’t be huge running lanes for Lions opponents come October, and right now I don’t have that.