Detroit Lions Free Agency: Tracking 2012 Signings, Targets and Rumors

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Detroit Lions Free Agency: Tracking 2012 Signings, Targets and Rumors
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It seems like it has been longer than three years since this picture was taken.

In January of 2009, the Lions cleaned house, attempting to fumigate a thoroughly rotten organization that had led to a decade of losing seasons and an 0-16 year to cap it off.

In three years, Jim Schwartz, Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand turned a league laughingstock into a playoff team. The Detroit Lions may have been 0-2 in January of 2012, but they were 10-5 heading into it, not 0-15.

But now the rest of the league knows what we know. They know the Lions have a hungry young team full of talent and potential. They know the Lions' biggest stars are in their early years, and likely to improve as they continue to learn the NFL game.

They know the Detroit Lions are to be respected and feared, not laughed at.

That makes this the most difficult offseason yet for the Lions' current front office. Lots of teams can spring forward and catch the league by surprise when they start to put it together. Considerably fewer can keep up that pace once they have a year of good performances on film.

The Lions have a lot to consider this offseason, between key free agents leaving, salary cap issues, and of course, the draft. And there will be a flood of information and analysis about each individual happening as it happens.

So instead of reading a bunch of different stuff about the Lions' offseason moves this year, check out this complete analysis of what the Lions have done already as well as what they could do. Then, check back (bookmark this!) for updates with analysis of what they did do, as they do it, throughout the offseason all the way up until the 2012 kickoff.

 

Last updated: 03/17/12

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