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2020 NFL free agency preview: What the Detroit Lions need to do

The PODcast crew has the perfect plan for the next couple weeks.

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The sports world that has gone cold for the last four days is about to get a huge spark. Unless there’s a last-minute change of heart, the NFL tampering period in which some of the best players available will agree to join a new team will kick off on Monday at noon eastern.

It’s a huge shot of adrenaline into a sports fan base that is as restless as it is anxious right now. And for the Detroit Lions, this is one of the most important few days of the entire year. If this regime is to survive 2020, they’ll need a huge roster turnaround and can’t afford to make too many mistakes with their roster building. Going from 3-12-1 to playoff contender in one year will not be easy, but the Lions do have a wealth of resources to potentially do it.

So the PODcast crew got the help of Jerry Mallory to lay out some blueprints of what the Lions should do in free agency to turn this franchise around on dime. Additionally, we approached newly-promoted genie Ryan Mathews to help grant our Lions offseason wishes. Finally, we topped things off with a mailbag answering your best questions about the Lions’ upcoming free agency period.

If you’re stuck at home with nothing else to do, or one of the few on the road to work, give it a listen before free agency begins.

This week on the PODcast

  • Jerry lays out some potential big signings, some mid-range signings and lists a bunch of bargain bin options in free agency.
  • Jeremy has five Lions he’d like the Lions to re-sign, and five free agents he wants the Lions to tackle in his 10-step plan to fix Detroit.
  • Which wish will Ryan grant? Chase Young to the Lions or a guaranteed trade down at pick No. 3?
  • What’s better for the team: Trading Darius Slay and signing Byron Jones or just forcing Slay to stick around for a year and getting compensated next year (via a potential compensatory pick)?
  • Mailbag talks about the fallout from Rick Wagner’s release, predicts the free agency expenditures between offense and defense, and talks toilet paper.

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