Detroit Lions news takes a look at what the team did on day three of free agency.
The Detroit Lions moved quickly at the start of free agency to sign wide receiver Marvin Jones away from the Cincinnati Bengals. But aside from adding some defensive depth from the outside, a lot of the Lions’ action in free agency has been to re-up with some of their own.
That was the big theme of day three of free agency. It started the evening before with news that Tahir Whitehead would return to the team on a two year deal, news that the team confirmed yesterday.
Dan Orlovsky has re-signed to add veteran quarterback depth behind Matthew Stafford. It’s not a move to get excited about but it’s not one to get worked up over either – as long as the Lions follow up by adding a developmental quarterback in the draft.
The reign of Don Muhlbach as the team’s long snapper continues as he also has re-upped with the team. He has been as dependable as they come with the best thing that can be said is that he is an afterthought on gameday. Both Orlovsky and Muhlbach are coming off expiring minimum contracts and are expected to be returning on similar deals.
Cornerback Crezdon Butler will also return for the chance to compete for a roster spot at cornerback during training camp.
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Matt Verderame includes the Lions as one of his winners so far in free agency on FanSided.com.
Bob Quinn keeps things close to the vest but SideLion Report’s Mike Payton notes that Quinn has “kept it real” with his actions so far.
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The initial rush of high-profile free agents may be over but MLive’s Justin Rogers picked out 20 players still available who could help the Lions.
Stephen Tulloch hasn’t officially been released by the Detroit Lions but they are expected to move on. However, Tulloch didn’t grade out too bad in Bleacher Report’s ranking of the top 50 inside linebackers for last season, checking in at number 21.
In addition to Okung, the Lions are expected to visit with free agent defensive lineman Akiem Hicks so today may be a bigger free agency news day than the last two days.