Detroit Lions Very Busy During Free Agency But Fail To Keep Best Past Rusher
The Detroit Lions have been extremely busy so far this free agency having re-signed eight of their own players and eleven players total. However they have failed to re-sign their best pass rusher in DE Cliff Avril who signed a two year deal for about 13 million with the Seattle Seahawks.
Cliff Avril has quietly been the best defenders for the Detroit Lions over the past five years and over the last three years has established himself as one of the best pass rushers in the league. The defensive end played 73 games for the Lions making 125 tackles, 39.5 sackes, 16 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, and an interception.
Another big loss for the Lions was linebacker Justin Durant who had 103 tackles last season and now will be playing for the Cowboys. Cornerback Drayton Florence is also gone having signed with the Panthers and CB Kevin Barnes with the Browns. They have lost only one notable offensive lineman so far in tackle Gosder Cherilus to the Colts.
It has not all been bad for the Lions this free agency period as they have created a lot of optimism amongst their fans with the signing of running back Reggie Bush. In his efforts in becoming an every down back last season Bush put up 986 yards on 227 carries and 6 touchdowns for the Dolphins. He gives the Lions their first serviceable running back in quite some time.
A really good addition for Detroit was safety Glovery Quin from the Texans who started all 16 games for Houston last season compiling 84 tackles, two interceptions, a sack, and two forced fumbles. Retaining CB Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas will ensure the Lions will have some good defensive backs going into the season.
The one major knock on the Detroit Lions free agency period is the loss of their best pass rusher Cliff Avril. Now it is very likely they draft a defensive end in the first round as they will be lacking a major pass rusher, and if they are to improve it will have to be in the deeper rounds of the draft.
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