While the signing don’t become official until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the first wave of Detroit Lions signing is through. Their early haul is WR Danny Amendola, EDGE Trey Flowers, TE Jesse James and CB Justin Coleman—and to a lesser extent G Oday Aboushi.
It’s a pretty impressive list of players considering free agency hasn’t officially started, but the Lions’ work is far from done. Among other needs, the Lions still need a second outside corner, a starting-level right guard, another tight end, linebacker depth, running back depth, and potentially another safety.
Sure, the Lions aren’t going to fill all of those needs in free agency alone. But given how the team has been structuring some of these new contract—light up front, heavily-loaded in the back—they still likely have some room to make an impact signing or two.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Who is one remaining free agent you’d like the Detroit Lions to sign?
My answer: Cornerback Jason McCourty.
Okay, stick with me here, because I know I already lost a bunch of you by suggesting Detroit sign another former Patriot, and one that’s 32, no less.
But if the Lions can rope McCourty into a short-term deal (preferably one year), it would actually fit quite nicely into their plans.
Adding a veteran well-versed in the Patriots defense could certainly help along some of the younger members in the secondary, including newly-added Justin Coleman and both Teez Tabor and Mike Ford.
Additionally, this doesn’t prevent the Lions from drafting an outside cornerback this year. In fact, I would argue it promotes that idea. Get the future No. 2 cornerback in the draft, don’t throw him to the wolves immediately, and let McCourty mentor him.
McCourty is coming off an extremely cheap, affordable two-year, $6 million deal. Because he was so fantastic in 2018, he’ll likely come a little more expensive this time. But I think the Lions could splurge one more time in free agency, and a No. 2 corner is at the top of their needs list.