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Lions notes: The free agent market grows

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A few free agents Detroit may be interested in officially hit the market.

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Yesterday the NFL franchise tag window officially opened and some teams have already made their decisions regarding who does or does not get the tag. Today a few bombshells dropped that will change the entire free agency landscape.

  • Washington edge rusher Preston Smith has been one of the rising names in free agency in recent weeks, and as Fansided’s Matt Vederame reported Wednesday, his team will most likely let him hit the open market.
  • Another huge free agency target may be set to hit the market as well. New York Giants safety Landon Collins looks to be finished in the Meadowlands, as ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Wednesday.

In non-free agency news:

  • Pro Football Focus ranked all four of the NFC North’s starting quarterbacks today based on their grading© system™ and while Matthew Stafford did not exactly come out on top, at least he wasn’t last.