Detriot Lions Best Free Agent Signing: Grady Jackson

Ed WorvieContributor IMarch 5, 2009

Philip Buchanon and Anthony Henry were nice additions, but the Lions signing the mammoth Grady Jackson is the key to the Lions defense.

Shaun Rogers absence in the middle last year allowed opposing teams to run the simplest of plays with great success. The halfback dive. Right up the gut with ease, it's an offensive coordinator's dream!

Grady Jackson will plug the "A" gap, this will allow Corey Redding to do what he does best, move around and make plays. Jackson commands a double team. This will help everyone on the defensive line. 

The Lions were 7-9 in 2007, 0-16 in 2008. The biggest difference was Shaun Rogers in the middle. The Lions now have a run stopper to replace him. Along with the additions of Henry and Buchanon, the league's worst defense has greatly improved.

The Lions defensive tackles are now able to anchor the defense. This will give us an accurate look at the abilities of our young defensive ends, Cliff Avril and Ikaika Alama-Francis. The same holds true for our safeties Daniel Bullocks and Gerald Alexander. Its difficult to judge how good a defensive back is when the line can't stop the run, and can't get to the passer.

The big question now is are the Lions going to sign anyone else? I believe they will draft a linebacker, either Curry with the No. 1 pick, or James Laurinaitis if he falls to the No. 20.  That would still leave question marks at safety and defensive end. 

There are some pretty good free agents still available at those positions. However, they are older and higher priced. But the price on those aging veterans steadily drops as the signing period continues. 

I wouldn't mind seeing Jason Taylor a Lion if the price was right. I believe Taylor still has alot left in the tank. He is still a dominant pass rusher.

I know that is not the route Tom Lewand and Martin Mayhew seem to be taking, but it would improve the defense.