By Brian Kalchik @RantsportsBrian on April 26, 2014
The Detroit Lions have gone through plenty of changes this offseason, some positive and some negative. After owner William Clay For Sr. died this offseason, ownership changed hands as has an entire coaching staff and some new additions have been brought in.
While the Lions have had a productive offseason so far, here are five of the their biggest offseason mistakes they have made up to this point.
As of now, I have resorted to labeling Mikel Leshoure as "damaged goods". The third-string running back and former second-round pick has been worth nothing to the Lions after Joique Bell's emergence. Frankly, I would trade Leshoure for a seventh-round pick right now, but the running back is still on the team, which to me, is a mistake.
I supported not re-signing backup quarterback Shaun Hill this offseason, but so far, the Lions have not found a capable veteran quarterback. Yes, the Lions signed Dan Orlovsky, but all I remember about Orlovsky is running out of the end zone in 2008 untouched for a safety. If the Lions think Orlovsky would be a better option than Hill, that would be another huge mistake as well.
I might be in the minority here, but when I watched Pettigrew for the past five seasons, I saw a player who was a big-time victim of the drops at the most crucial moments of games and a tight end who digressed his past two seasons (and the stats show it). At least the Lions signed him for cheap this offseason, so there's a silver lining in all of this.
One of Detroit's major objectives in recent years has been to upgrade its porous secondary, but bringing back an over the hill veteran like Mathis is not what I thought it was trying to do. Mathis has been a great player in the league, but the Lions can't keep relying on aging veterans to be their top defensive backs, especially with Chicago's and Green Bay's receivers in the same division as the Lions.
I was also the biggest supporter of the Lions not re-signing Louis Delmas this offseason, but signing James Ihedigbo to take his place was an even worse move. Ihedigbo, at best, has been a journeyman safety who is most suited for special teams duty. Ihedigbo has now played on four teams in the past five seasons.
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