If you can stop refreshing your Twitter feed for a brief moment, I’d like to take some time to tell you what’s happened today in Detroit. Because a lot has happened. Some good. Some great. Some hugely overrated. But all worth talking about.
You see, free agency started yesterday and as of around 10 a.m. this morning, the Lions and general manager Martin Mayhew decided to go all Supermarket Sweep on everyone. It went a little like this: “We’ll take this free agent, and we’ll take this free agent, and we’ll take this free agent …”
And now we’re here with more depth in the backfield and hopefully a play maker in the run game.
So, without further ado, your new Detroit Lions are:
RB, Reggie Bush (4 years, $16M): How do you say “meh” in Spanish? I’m one of about three people who aren’t overly jazzed about this signing. There was plenty of speculation leading up to his deal today, but I was mostly hoping it would pass on by. Sure, the Lions needed someone to fill the sorely missed shoes of Jahvid Best, but is Bush really that guy? Maybe? I hope. But I’m not sold yet.
He’s had a mediocre career. And while it’s true he’s gotten somewhat better with age, I can’t forget the years he struggled in New Orleans with an offense just as explosive as the one he’ll be joining in Detroit. With that said, the Lions didn’t overpay him and if they use him like they should, he’ll prove me and all his critics wrong. And I hope it happens.
S, Glover Quin (5 years): Quin was drafted in the fourth round in 2009 by the Houston Texans, which is where he’s spent the last four years. He fills a major void in the Lions secondary, regardless of what happens with Louis Delmas. Quin plays coverages well, and has remained healthy for much of his career — something the Lions have had problems with in the past. With the Texans last season, Quin had 84 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. If Delmas ends up staying in Detroit, I think they’ll be a killer combo on the field.
DT/DE, Jason Jones (3 years, $9.5M): This is a solid signing in my opinion. He’s a versatile player who played college ball at Eastern Michigan and who grew up idolizing Barry Sanders. Seriously, what more can you want? Jones had just three sacks last year with the Seakhawks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if those numbers improve. He was a second-round draft pick for the Titans back in 2008 where he played under Jim Schwartz. That year he had five sacks. A familiar coach and familiar territory could be just what he needs to boost his production on the field. And I’m excited to see him to do it.
- The Lions re-signed cornerback Chris Houston to a five-year, $25 million deal. Houston has been one of the lone bright spots in a struggling Detroit secondary. So bringing him back was a huge must on the Lions free-agent to-do list this off season.
- We have Ndamukong Suh to thank for many of today’s signings. Suh restructured his contract to free up cap space. According to Justin Rogers at Mlive.com, “A simple restructure reduces Suh’s base pay and awards the money up front as a signing bonus. The cap hit from that bonus is then spread over the final three years of his contract even though 2015 is a voidable year.”
- The Lions tendered a contract to Joique Bell worth $630,000. Bell is the main reason I wasn’t too hyped about Bush. I like Bell. A lot. And I think him and Bush are much of the same running back — only Bell is cheaper. With the right people blocking, I think he could have been just as valuable as Bush. Nevertheless, I’m happy to have him back in whatever capacity.
Stay tuned. We haven’t seen the last of free agency yet.