The Detroit Lions’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

The Lions' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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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.

5. Not Getting Rid Of Mikel Leshoure

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5. Not Getting Rid Of Mikel Leshoure

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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.

4. Not Finding A Veteran Replacement For Shaun Hill

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4. Not Finding A Veteran Replacement For Shaun Hill

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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.

3. Re-Signing Brandon Pettigrew

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3. Re-Signing Brandon Pettigrew

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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.

2. Re-Signing Rashean Mathis

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2. Re-Signing Rashean Mathis

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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.

1. Signing James Ihedigbo

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1. Signing James Ihedigbo

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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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  • Patrick DeVito

    This list is terrible. First off Leshoure is a good player to keep around. If joique bell goes down then what!? We have two speed backs in theo riddick and reggie. LeShoureis a guy that can do some of the same things as bell if need be. And riddick would fill in for bush.. A seventh round pick for a guy that is one injury away from a major roll is not a smart trade. For the price we signed Pettigrew at we practically got a steal. He has chemistry with stafford. He was fairly reliable last season… And he was by far the best TE that made it to the open market. There was literally nobody else. We can draft another guy of we want but resigning pettigrew was priority due to the lack of other options. And The Ihedigbo pick up doesn’t hurt. I’m not saying it solved our safety problem or anything but it definitely helped. He’s very familiar with the scheme and the defense that Teryl Austin is going to implement and he played very well in it last season. he’s a good veteran presence and a great addition for the price. Also how does resigning Mathis hurt at all? He was our best corner last season. It’s not like they have him a big contract. If they find better options they cut him.. Simple as that. That pick up can’t hurt us in any way.Get a clue.

    • john ciulla

      Totally agree with your assessment Patrick.. I wouldnt consider any of these moves as “mistakes”..
      Keeping Leshoure is almost a no-brainer..
      Letting Delmas go was inevitable.. Ihedigbo was our best option in FA. and made sense,.. as he will help implement and transition our DB to Austins Defense with the new terminology being brought in. were we supposed to wait for the draft and hope for our new safety?
      Same goes for Pettigrew.. he was, hands down, the best option on the market, and with his new contract, his first 2yrs are very very cheap.
      DanO too.. he was the best option in a terrible FA QB class this year.

    • twelsh36446

      Have to agree with your assessment on all your points Patrick!! For some reason this writer is bias as far as the Lions are concerned. He’s probably a Packer or Bear fan.