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Notes: Lions awarded ‘above average’ free agency grade

Why do I get so happy when the Lions get even minor praise?

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About a week into free agency, the Detroit Lions have done an above average job, according to Pro Football Focus.

That’s how one PFF analyst has graded Lions GM Brad Holmes’ performance so far, which hasn’t really involved any splashy, big-time spending. It was pretty assumed, though, that the Lions would plan to do the bulk of their roster building in the draft. As a recap, here’s what they’ve done so far:

  • ​​Signed WR D.J. Chark Jr. - 1 year, $10 million
  • Signed TE Garrett Griffin - TBD
  • Signed CB Mike Hughes - 1 year, $3.5M
  • Signed LB Chris Board - TBD
  • Re-signed LB Alex Anzalone - 1 year, $2.25M
  • Re-signed S Tracy Walker - 3 years, $25M
  • Re-signed QB Tim Boyle - 1 year, $2M
  • Re-signed EDGE Charles Harris - 2 years, $14M
  • Re-signed LB Shaun Dion-Hamilton - 1 year, $1.035M
  • Re-signed WR Kalif Raymond - 2 years, $9M
  • Re-signed WR Josh Reynolds - 2 years, $6M
  • Re-signed QB David Blough - TBD
  • Released EDGE Trey Flowers
  • LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin - signed with Houston

This year’s free agency period has been about re-signing players they feel fit the culture, like Walker and Harris. PFF did note that Anzalone posted a career-worst 35.4 overall PFF grade last season, but was still re-signed anyway. As for additions, they’re calling Chark a “worthwhile gamble.”

“He is just 25 years old and possesses the size and speed to be a major deep threat at all times,” PFF writer Sam Monson writes. “The Lions still need to do work at receiver — likely in the draft — but Chark could prove to be a valuable part of a remade receiving corps as a deep threat.”

It’s probably worth noting that the rest of the NFC North received worse grades than the Lions. The Bears were deemed “average,” while the Vikings and Packers are having a “below average” offseason.

And onto the rest of your notes.

  • Another former Lion heads to Jacksonville.

  • How Kyle Hamilton may be a fit for the Lions from our friends over at Roar of the Lions UK:

  • Get to know DJ Chark a little better with some this or that.