Alshon Jeffery And 4 Other Free Agents Detroit Lions Must Pursue In 2016 NFL Offseason

By Brad Berreman

The Detroit Lions had a disappointing 2015 season, with a slow start putting them behind the eight-ball and they never recovered. With a new general manager leading the way, here are five free agents the Lions should target this offseason.

Alshon Jeffery And 4 Other Free Agents Detroit Lions Must Pursue In 2016 NFL Offseason
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5. OT Russell Okung

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Okung has yet to play all 16 games in six NFL seasons, and he heads into the offseason recovering from shoulder surgery. But the Lions should be in the market for offensive linemen after allowing 44 sacks (10th-most in the league) in 2015, and Okung should at least be on the radar.

5. OT Russell Okung

Okung has yet to play all 16 games in six NFL seasons, and he heads into the offseason recovering from shoulder surgery. But the Lions should be in the market for offensive linemen after allowing 44 sacks (10th-most in the league) in 2015, and Okung should at least be on the radar.

4. RB LeGarrette Blount

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With Joique Bell looking like a possible offseason cut, the Lions could pursue Blount as the "thunder" to Ameer Abdullah's "lightning." New general manager Bob Quinn previously worked with the New England Patriots, so it's possible Blount's work there made an impression and would put him on Detroit's radar.

4. RB LeGarrette Blount

With Joique Bell looking like a possible offseason cut, the Lions could pursue Blount as the "thunder" to Ameer Abdullah's "lightning." New general manager Bob Quinn previously worked with the New England Patriots, so it's possible Blount's work there made an impression and would put him on Detroit's radar.

3. WR Marvin Jones

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If Calvin Johnson retires, the Lions could be looking at wide receivers among a weak group of free agents at the position. Jones set career-highs in receptions (65) and receiving yards (816) in 2015 with the Cincinnati Bengals, and he makes sense as a free agent target for Detroit if they go that route in an effort to fill a void.

3. WR Marvin Jones

If Calvin Johnson retires, the Lions could be looking at wide receivers among a weak group of free agents at the position. Jones set career-highs in receptions (65) and receiving yards (816) in 2015 with the Cincinnati Bengals, and he makes sense as a free agent target for Detroit if they go that route in an effort to fill a void.

2. CB Trumaine Johnson

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Darius Slay looks like a mainstay, but the other starting cornerback spot is a need for the Lions. Johnson had seven interceptions and 71 total tackles in 2015, so the marriage of need and skill set is clear.

2. CB Trumaine Johnson

Darius Slay looks like a mainstay, but the other starting cornerback spot is a need for the Lions. Johnson had seven interceptions and 71 total tackles in 2015, so the marriage of need and skill set is clear.

1. WR Alshon Jeffery

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Jeffery is unlikely to become available, since the Chicago Bears seem sure to use the franchise tag on him if a long-term deal can't be worked out. But if he does hit the market and Calvin Johnson follows through on reported retirement plans, the Lions should have Jeffery atop their list of free agent targets.

1. WR Alshon Jeffery

Jeffery is unlikely to become available, since the Chicago Bears seem sure to use the franchise tag on him if a long-term deal can't be worked out. But if he does hit the market and Calvin Johnson follows through on reported retirement plans, the Lions should have Jeffery atop their list of free agent targets.

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