Is it too early in the 2012 NFL season to start looking at the moves the Detroit Lions should have made in free agency? The start of the season has not been kind to the Lions, and their weaknesses are glaring for the entire world to see. It is not too difficult to see where they are falling short.
The Lions signed their own free agents by locking down linebacker Stephen Tulloch, backup quarterback Shaun Hill, offensive tackle Jeff Backus and defensive end Cliff Avril, along with several others. The Lions also signed wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a monstrous eight-year, $132 million extension that will keep him in a Lions uniform until 2019.
They were very quiet in signing free agents from other teams as the lone addition was cornerback Jacob Lacey. The Lions added offensive players in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, and they followed that up by selecting six defensive players to finish the draft.
The defense is a weakness and the selection of six defenders speaks to the areas the Lions tried to address. They addressed these areas with young players, and their impact will not realistically be felt this year.
There were a few moves the Lions could have made to give them a better chance this year, especially in the secondary. Here are a few players that could be aiding the Lions in a big way through three weeks of the regular season.