After parting ways with Titus Young, the Detroit Lions are again in need of a receiver. After all the years of the Lions taking a receiver with a top 10 NFL draft pick, they finally struck gold with Calvin Johnson and appeared to have a nice set of wideouts until Young’s release. Detroit still isn’t in terrible shape with Nate Burleson, Mike Thomas and Ryan Broyles behind Johnson, but it’s easy to see how this pass-happy team might be drooling over this year’s free agent class that includes Greg Jennings, Dwayne Bowe and Mike Wallace. However, the Lions should avoid all three big names.
Why, you ask? Why wouldn’t the Lions want to add to their already dynamic passing attack? Because neither of those players would fit with Johnson.
Remember when the Cincinnati Bengals had both Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens in the same year? Sure, they put up decent numbers that year, but the Bengals were awful in 2010. The Lions are tired of just being a team full of good fantasy football players; they want to win real games and compete in the playoffs. Bringing in a diva like either of the three players who highlight this year’s free agent class would not support that cause.
Matthew Stafford may have thrown a league-high 727 passes last year, but even that’s not enough for a receiver like Johnson coupled with Jennings, Bowe or Wallace. All three players had spats with their former teams that do not indicate they would make good complements to a superstar like Johnson, even with a talented passer like Stafford throwing them the ball. So unless Detroit just wants more drama, the Lions should steer clear of this year’s free agent receiver class.