Detroit Lions: 4 free agent defenders to consider signing

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The Detroit Lions still have an opportunity to add a few depth free agents before the NFL Draft that is set to begin on April 29th.

Over the last few months, the Detroit Lions began to overhaul their lifeless roster left behind by Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia.  General manager Brad Holmes quickly traded franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for a pair of future first-round picks, a third-round pick in 2021, plus Jared Goff.

Holmes is quite familiar with Goff from his time with the Rams.  Before becoming the Lions’ GM, he’d been in charge of orchestrating the Rams draft board.  In fact, Holmes had been the one who reportedly pounded the table, encouraging the organization to trade-up to draft Goff.

That can be looked at in various ways.  The two quarterbacks in question in 2016 had been Goff and Carson Wentz, both of which were traded this past offseason.

Wentz won a Super Bowl with the Eagles but didn’t enjoy any of the glory because he was injured while watching Nick Foles pull off an extortionary playoff run for the ages.  Goff also led the Rams to a Super Bowl birth but was bested by Tom Brady.

The Detroit Lions have added a plethora of depth free agents; here are four additional defenders to sign before the NFL Draft.

Holmes has assembled what looks to be a very intriguing coaching staff loaded with former NFL players from his head coach to both coordinators and throughout the teams’ positional coaches. Anthony Lynn is set to run the offense, while Aaron Glenn will run the defense.

Lions fans have already seen an abundance of roster moves, highlighted with Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones departing, with Goff, and Michael Brockers arriving.  There is work still to be completed before the April 29th Draft.