Saturday afternoon the Lions announced the signing of another Tampa Bay Buccaneer to a 3 year deal, free agent corner Brian Kelly. The acquisition of Kelly raised to 4 (Kelly, Kalvin Pearson, Dwight Smith, Chuck Darby) the number of Buccaneers signed by the Lions in 2008 free agency.
I can only imagine what runs through Marinelli’s mind when it comes to Buccaneers who hit the open market. I can say what runs through mine…
A Buc in the hand is worth 2 in the bush.
Another day, another Buc.
An unsigned Buc defends no passes.
A Buc saved is a Buc earned.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man signs every available Buc.
All is well that ends with a Buc.
A Buc a day keeps the Fords away.
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is a Buc to Rod Marinelli.
Better a Buc than never.
Bucs should be seen and not left unsigned.
Too many Bucs won’t spoil the soup.
Do not be born good or handsome, but be born a Buc
I’m running out of proverbs and platitudes regarding Marinelli’s insistence in signing aged and oft injured Buccaneer defenders. Despite how much the Lions delude themselves, it’s no longer 2002. All these former Buccaneer defenders Marinelli insists on signing aren’t the same players they were during their Super Bowl winning prime.
I don’t know how much you can expect to get from a 32 year old cornerback who wasn’t all that fast to begin with, let alone unable to play a full season the past 2 years due to injuries. Though it’s obvious the Lions expect plenty, as Joe Barry, Marinelli’s son-in-law and defensive coordinator (don’t get me going on that little peccadillo), plans on Kelly starting alongside Leigh Bodden, who was obtained in the Shaun Rogers trade.
The signing of Kelly also changes the Lions plans for the upcoming draft, with corner no longer being as pressing of a need. The need for a right tackle, a running back, linebackers and defensive linemen remain, and will take priority. It remains to be seen if our moronic GM will actually fill those needs in the draft, lest he be distracted by another wide receiver or quarterback (or a shiny object).
The only thing I can really say in favor of Kelly’s signing is that he’s not Fernando Bryant. Faint praise indeed, but when it comes to the Lions, faint is the only kind of praise they can expect.