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3/04/2009

Lewand: Lions will remain 'selective' in free agency

We're six days into free agency and the Lions have made just three low-impact signings (plus one trade of Jon Kitna). Don't expect that to change anytime soon.

Team president Tom Lewand said Wednesday the Lions will continue to be “selective” in their pursuit of free agents this offseason. So far, they've signed running back Maurice Morris, receiver Bryant Johnson and cornerback Eric King, and traded for cornerback Anthony Henry.

“It fits the blueprint we set out early on in this process to do, which is to add some quality guys that can contribute, the right kind of people that can fill roles on this team without trying to swing for the fences in free agency and knowing that the way we're going to build the nucleus and the core of this team is through the draft,” Lewand said. “We're not done yet. We'll continue to be active in the free-agent market on a selective basis and hope to add those kinds of quality players and quality people.”

Massive but aging defensive tackle Grady Jackson is among the free agents visiting today, and the Lions are keeping tabs on other free agents who've come and gone like cornerback Jabari Greer and corner/return man Chris Carr.

“I've said this in the past, I think one of the great virtues in free agency is patience and being able to do your due diligence, being able to explore the various options,” Lewand said. “Sometimes the quickest hits aren't always the best. And I think history has born that out a lot. An overwhelming number of the big-ticket free agents who sign in the first 24 or 48 hours don't work out, don't see the end of their contracts. So I think being able to add the type of guys that fit your profile, fit your program and do so in a way that is prudent both contractually and from a football perspective I think is important. And when you're patient you have a greater opportunity to do that.”

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Lewand is in no position to make comments like this. How this man works in football is a mystery that may never be solved.

1:02 PM 
Anonymous Michael Schottey said...

LJ Smith and Daniel Loper are both in town today right?

1:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like that there's a method to their madness. we'll see if it pays off come opening day.

2:24 PM 
Blogger maddog52 said...

To me this proves that they aren't going to be stupid and draft Stafford or any other QB this year. So lewand and everyone will best be served as being quiet. Cause nothing they say will make do anything. This city wants proof. Hell I would love to see them draft Curry and then Maulauga with the first 2 picks. If they can get the CB from Illinois Vonte Davis. 2 instant starters.

What about a guy like Chris McAllister who was released? or Jason Taylor? or Derrick Brooks? I know these are veterans but with a 1 or 2 year contract I think they could really help this team especially brooks. I don't think u are breaking the bank by doing that. I think you are just making the team better.

4:30 PM 

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