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.