Lions: Three free agents from the New England Patriots to sign

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EDGE/OLB- Kyle Van Noy, 29 years old

The Detroit Lions should consider a reunion with Kyle Van Noy.  The Lions originally drafted Van Noy with the 40th pick in 2014 NFL draft out of BYU.  Detroit, much to no-ones surprise, struggled to find a position within their defense for the edge-rushing outside linebacker.

Van Noy quickly found a home with the New England Patriots under Matt Patricia’s guidance.  It’s a bit odd because, under Teryl Austin, the Detroit Lions defense was fairly respectful.  Detroit finished with an 11-5 record, but Van Noy couldn’t find himself on the field.

Detroit essentially gave away Van Noy for free.  They sent their seventh-round pick along with Van Noy to New England for the Pats sixth-round pick.  It’s safe to say Martin Mayhew was fleeced.

Van Noy is coming off of a spectacular season with the Patriots playing on the edge with that spectacular defense.  New England continually finds a way to get the proper people who have specific skill-sets into the correct position.  Look at Jamie Collins.  New England brought back Collins, who failed to stick with Cleveland and looked all but finished.

Last season Van Noy claimed a terrific 83.6 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. Van Noy notched 7 sacks, 49 total tackles, 9 quarterback hits,  and 3 fumbles forced.

I need to mention I don’t expect the Patriots and Kyle Van Noy to part ways.  I have a feeling Van Noy enjoys playing in New England, and I could even see him taking a bit of a discount to remain if need be. If Van Noy returns to New England, Detroit should consider Jamie Collins, who is also set to become a free agent.  He is 30 years old.

If he happens to hit the open market, the Detroit Lions need to bring back Kyle.  He’d be a massive upgrade to Chrisitan Jones.