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Friday open thread: What pending free agent playing in the Super Bowl should the Lions add?

Some key free agents will be on display this Sunday.

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The 2020 NFL season comes to an end this Sunday, which means attention can finally turn fully to the offseason (...although that point came to Detroit long ago). Nevertheless, the league will officially begin looking ahead towards free agency and the draft after the Super Bowl.

However, some important names will be on the field this weekend, including potential future Lions. Both teams have a number of pending unrestricted free agents, including Sammy Watkins, Bashaud Breeland, and Austin Reiter on the Kansas City side and Chris Godwin, Lavonte David, and Shaquil Barrett with Tampa Bay. Of course, there are also names like Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and Ndamukong Suh as well.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

What pending free agent playing in the Super Bowl should the Lions add?

My answer:

A lot depends on the team’s stance on rebuilding vs. reloading, but I am of the mindset that teams still need to sign decent players regardless of their current situation. Breeland is no lockdown corner, but the Lions cannot be overly picky at the position. Meanwhile, Godwin would be an awesome addition, though his price tag is likely going to be way too high.

To me, the Detroit front office should take at the Bucs edge options. Both David and Barrett are past prime playing age, but the linebacking corps has been a huge issue in recent years, so adding an impact veteran seems like a no brainer. Neither is going to be cheap, but the pass rush needs to be fixed, and signing this level of defender is a good way to help.

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