Reminiscent of 2019, the Detroit Lions are still in dire need of defensive line help. Here are four free agents I think they need to consider signing.
To this point, the Detroit Lions didn’t quite go all-in in fixing their biggest weakness from 2019 as most expected. Yes, they signed a couple of free agents, drafted a couple of late-round rookies, but they also lost a few starters including Damon Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson, and Mike Daniels.
In 2019 the Lions were 30th in sacks, 29th in pressure percentage, and depended on their defensive line to generate almost all of it being 30th in blitz percentage as well. A confusing sentence to say the least.
Now we know head coach Matt Patricia doesn’t prioritize pass-rush, a philosophy I couldn’t disagree more with, but it’s the truth for our favorite team nonetheless.
But with over an estimated $29 million in salary cap space, general manager Bob Quinn should use some of it to shore up last year’s weakest link, one that doesn’t look much better on paper for 2020.
Here are four free agents I think the Lions need to seriously consider to shore up the defensive front for the upcoming 2020 season.
Vinny Curry, DL
Vinny Curry is coming off one of his best seasons in 2019 with 5.0 sacks, 27 tackles, and 12 QB hits … in a backup role with Philadelphia. So he’s familiar with new Lions defensive coordinator, Cory Undlin.
Though Curry will be turning 32 in June, he shouldn’t cost as much as others on this list. He’s coming off a one-year, $2.25 million contract and you wouldn’t think he’ll be demanding much more than that per year for his next deal.
Curry can also line up anywhere along the defensive line, something head coach Matt Patricia values greatly and would be a huge asset given how thin the Lions are with their defensive line.