By Chris Loud @cfloud on March 11, 2014
Under the guidance of general managers like Matt Millen and Russ Thomas, the Detroit Lions blundered more than they bolstered, but there were some solid guys who contributed to winning teams in the mix. There can be a lot learned from the history of the Lions, and hopefully current management has done just that. First and foremost, they should learn not to dress like Millen.
Let's reflect on some of their best free agent moves.
Dick LeBeau was a rookie free agent, but a free agent nonetheless. He was a Hall of Fame player who leads the franchise in all-time interceptions with 62 total over 14 seasons.
Okay, he wasn’t exactly the greatest cornerback in history, and the Lions teams he played on were not that great, but he was an All-Pro in 2003 with the Lions, and Millen got rid of him before his career tanked. As far as free agents go, that’s what you’re looking for in a player -- bring them in while they’re good, get rid of them before they stink. Millen’s best move outside of drafting Calvin Johnson and Cliff Avril.
Erik Kramer is the only Lions QB to win a playoff game since the 1950’s. I remember doing so much bragging to out of town cousins that season. I hope I got in enough, because I haven’t been able to do that in more than 20 years. They won 12 games in 1991 with Kramer at the helm, and killed the Dallas Cowboys 38-6 in the playoffs -- one of my favorite Lions games of all time.
An all-time favorite for the Lions franchise and their longtime fans, who specialized in hits that would for sure be outlawed in today’s game. He didn’t spend most of his career with the Lions, but he was a legendary player who Detroit fans enjoyed watching for the final six years of his career.
Although he has only played one year with the Lions, he has become one of the most exciting Lions players to watch, and could end up being one of the key components to a Super Bowl run over the next few seasons. Signed in 2013 under great anticipation, he proved that durability is still an issue, but when healthy, he is one of the most dynamic running backs in the league.
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