Yesterday, Zac graded out each free agency move by the Lions. I decided it is time for me to grade out the Lions’ free agency as a whole.
Most of us agree that the Lions did fantastic in free agency. Stephen Tulloch was the player most of us wanted the most and he ended up being the biggest acquisition by the Lions in free agency. Stephen Tulloch had a whopping 160 total tackles last year. I do not care if you play in a bad defence, you do not make that many tackles without being a great player. Tulloch, who is only 26 years old and has alredy played for Jim Schwartz at Tennessee, will anchor the linebackers. I believe this will turn out to be one of the best free agency moves this year.
The Lions also upgraded the linebacker position with the signing of Justin Durant. Durant spent his previous four years with the Jaguars but has been injured a couple times. Durant, like Tulloch, is still young (25 years old) and his best football is hopefully still ahead of him. The Lions have turned the linebackers into a strongpoint from being a big weakspot. DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch, and Justin Durant is a solid linebacking core and we may have the best front seven in the league.
Instead of signing Nnamdi Asomugha for major money, the Lions signed CB Eric Wright and resigned CB Chris Houston. Eric Wright played for the Browns for the past four year. Wright never lived up to expectations with the Browns but hopefully can excel behind the Lions’ front seven. Also, the Lions signed former Falcon safety Eric Coleman before the lockout. Lions fans should have a lot more confidence in the secondary for this upcoming year.
My overall grade for free agency: A