NFL free agency is far from over, but the first wave of signings seems to have passed. The Detroit Lions were one of the more active teams this offseason, coming to an agreement with eight free agents and trading for another player. In addition to that, they cut two starters in Rick Wagner and Devon Kennard and traded away one of their best players in Darius Slay.
Combining Detroit’s flurry of moves and their overhauling of their coaching staff, and we could have a very different-looking team in 2020—and that was probably necessary.
And while not every move will turn out to be positive—and there have already been a fair share of unpopular decisions—it’d be foolish to think that Detroit swung out on all of their moves.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What has been the best free agency move the Lions have made this week?
My answer: Though technically not a “free agency” move, I thought the best move Detroit made this week was trading for safety Duron Harmon. Harmon is a coverage specialist—something Detroit’s back end has been missing—and his addition has the opportunity to improve the impact of a talent like Tracy Walker.
Walker is beloved by this coaching staff, but because of underperforming talent around him, they haven’t been able to use his versatility as much as they’d like. But with a steady and reliable player like Harmon, Walker is going to get unleashed upon opposing defenses as a big weapon. He can cover tight ends, he can drop into the box and potentially blitz. An athletic talent like him shouldn’t be wasted, and Harmon will make sure of that.
Detroit was able to take advantage of the Patriots’ need to unload some cap space, so Harmon cost them very little, and his cap hit is just $4.25 million. That’s a win in talent, fit, and value. Great move by Detroit.