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I’ve been a Lions fan long enough that my Honolulu blue #20 jersey says “Sims” on the back and it’s not a throwback. And not since another #20 retired at the end of the last century have I been so excited and positive entering an offseason. However, the newfound glory brings about a new set of challenges for GM Martin Mayhew and his team.
For most of the past 15 years, the offseason plan has been to accumulate better talent across the board. This year is about managing the talent already here, with tough decisions about whom to keep and whom to let go. I have donned my Chris Speilman jersey and my Lions hat, and while drinking Hawaiian grog coffee from my Detroit Lions mug I shall offer my plan for keeping the team moving forward towards the goal of winning multiple playoff games in the same season. As you might know, that is a feat that has not been accomplished even once in team history.
First comes free agency. Here’s a listing by position of the Lions free agents:
QB: Shaun Hill, Drew Stanton
RB: Jerome Harrison, Maurice Morris, Kevin Smith
WR: Rashied Davis, Maurice Stovall
OL: Jeff Backus, Leonard Davis, Corey Hilliard
DL: Cliff Avril, Andre Fluellen, Sammie Lee Hill
LB: Cody Brown, Bobby Carpenter, Isaiah Ekejiuba, Ashlee Palmer, Stephen Tulloch
CB: Brandon McDonald, Eric Wright
S: Erik Coleman, Chris Harris
ST: punter Ben Graham, long snapper Don Muhlbach Read the rest of this entry » «Detroit Lions Offseason Plans»