Scanning the Savanna

The NFL is amid a lockout that has seemed inevitable for months, and when play resumes, the Lions hope to reap the benefits of their foresight.

The team has plenty of areas to upgrade, most notably at cornerback and linebacker, and only five picks in April’s draft.

But depending on the rules of free agency, they could return every desirable starter on both sides of the ball thanks to a young nucleus and some well-timed contract extensions.

While there is nothing absolutely concrete when it comes to the labor situation between the NFL owners and the players, it appears nothing significant will happen until after April 6. That’s when a preliminary hearing is scheduled to determine whether the union can legally stop the NFL’s lockout.

Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson was honored Monday night with one of five American Spirit Awards from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Also honored at an event to coincide with the annual NFL meetings here were Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford and San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos.

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