By John Niyo From DetNews.com
The Lions added a pair of likely starters in free agency Wednesday, signing veteran defensive tackle Grady Jackson to a three-year contract and agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with cornerback Phillip Buchanon. Jackson’s contract is worth $8 million, NFL.com reported, while Buchanon’s deal is for $8.5 million.
Jackson, 36, a 350-pound run-stopper, spent most of the last three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. In Detroit, he’s expected to be a two-down starter at tackle next to Cory Redding, bolstering what was the league’s worst rushing defense last season. The move also may mean Chuck Darby, the Lions’ starter last season, will be released.
Buchanon, 28, a first-round pick by Oakland in 2002, reportedly turned down a similar offer to stay in Tampa Bay, where he started all 16 games at left cornerback last season. But with his No. 1 job in jeopardy there, he sees a better opportunity with the Lions.
“The big issue for me was playing time, and I’m going to get a lot of playing time in Detroit,” Buchanon told the Tampa Tribune.
We knew about Grady, but the Lions signing Buchanon is also a really solid move that I like a lot.
The guy is fairly young and 28 and a starter for all 16 games at Tampa Bay. Granted he’s here because he doesn’t think he’ll start in Tampa anymore, that’s simply the price you pay for going 0-16 and having to start from square one all over again.
Mayhew continues to move the chains so to speak in building a team from a bunch of rocks and trying to turn it into a castle. Its going to take a few seasons, but I’m starting to like the taste of this kool-aide here…
yeah yeah, I just spent an entire season railing on this team and I am elated to have the luxury of being able to say a few good things! So far these acquisitions, albeit not bold and flashy or extravagant, have been solid building blocks for there to be a real team in Detroit.