The Detroit Lions may have to wait a few hours for free agent Reggie Bush to commit to the team. In the meantime, the Lions were able to land strong safety Glover Quin, formerly of the Houston Texans. The move doesn’t exactly signal the end of the Louis Delmas era just yet, but it is very likely Delmas is heading elsewhere.
Quin will be a serviceable player that has only missed one game in his entire career. He doesn’t have the play-making ability that Delmas carries with him, but he appears to stay healthy which is a bonus for the team.
The Lions also agreed in principle to terms with free agent corner, Chris Houston, who is a very reliable secondary player. Amari Spievey also was retained with a one year deal. The team now can focus on any area they choose with the number five pick in upcoming draft. With the departure of both starting defensive ends in Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril, the Lions would be wise to use that pick on one of their replacements.
On the opposite side of the ball, the Lions lost starting lineman, Gosder Cherilus. They may choose to skip the traditional “best available player” approach to fill the void left by Cherilus. I don’t really see GM, Martin Mayhew trading down to gain more picks. The pick is needed in the trenches.
The Lions started free agency with several handfuls of players that needed new contracts. They were able to ink DeAndre Levy before the official start but teammate Justin Durant is still lingering around on the market after day one. If they are able to retain Durant and eventually sign their prize in Reggie Bush, I’d call that a pretty successful free agency period for the Lions. They didn’t exactly enter yesterday with the fattest wallet. They finished the day strong though and the questions regarding the roster are starting to be addressed.