Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions Final Free Agency Outlook and Predictions
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

With NFL free agency less than a week away, the Detroit Lions have an opportunity to bolster the roster with a variety of potential additions to the den.

General manager Martin Mayhew will begin negotiating with player agents on March 8th, and the team will be able to sign players beginning March 11th according to the league calendar at CBS Sports.

Detroit figures to be shopping for starters at wide receiver, safety and perhaps cornerback in free agency. A tight end or linebacker would not be a real surprise, either.

Former GM Bill Polian says Lions’ coach Jim Caldwell wants ‘smart, fast and physical’ players; hints at free agent WR
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

For former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian, the key question when it came to free-agent shopping was how a player would fit in his team’s system.

And while Polian wouldn’t make any guesses which pending free-agent receivers will best fit the Lions under new coach Jim Caldwell, the ESPN analyst said in a conference call today he has a pretty good idea what the man he recommended for the Lions job will be looking for when free agency opens on Tuesday.

Bill Polian expects Jim Caldwell to have ‘extremely good effect’ on Matthew Stafford
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press

Much has been made about the effect that new Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell and his staff will have on quarterback Matthew Stafford.

It seems like the only one who hasn’t thrown in his two cents was ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian who was vice chairman of the Indianapolis Colts for 10 years while Caldwell was offensive coordinator and then head coach.

O’HARA: NFL legend and Lion Bobby Layne regularly combined football and baseball
Mike O’Hara —

For quarterbacks Jameis Winston of Florida State and Russell Wilson of the Super Bowl champ Seattle Seahawks, recent visits to spring training camps sparked questions about playing two sports

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