The reduced salary cap made it difficult for all teams during the offseason, though while the Detroit Lions had limited flexibility, the stakes were a little lower in Detroit during free agency. Swapping Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff was always going to be the biggest change, and that essentially ruled out any major signings like extending Kenny Golladay.
Still, the Lions did make a handful of additions during the offseason, many on cost-effective short-term deals. This is exactly the type of free agency period a rebuilding team like Detroit is expected to have, and oftentimes a few gems emerge from the crop of players looking to prove their value before hitting the market once again.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions’ one-year signing will have the biggest impact?
My answer: Organized Team Activities are underway, marking the first real introduction for many of the new faces. Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman will have every opportunity to make an impact in the passing game, while Darren Fells and Kalif Raymond could easily outplay their contracts in their support roles.
However, the biggest add is probably Alex Anzalone, a productive veteran who should give the Lions some stability in the linebacking corps. There is a reason Anzalone was available on a cheap contract, but given the current state of the defense, he should make a difference on the field. Do not count out Quinton Dunbar or Dean Marlowe either, as the Lions looks like they need all the help they can get in the secondary.