The Detroit Lions' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency

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The Detroit Lions' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency
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It's always a challenge to project what it means for a team to "win" free agency.

Ostensibly, the concept doesn't exist, because every team has a different idea of what it means. Spending the most money? The least? More turnover or less?

Some said the Philadelphia Eagles "won" free agency in 2011, when they seemingly signed top players at every position. Two disappointing years later, they got their coach fired, and most of the players signed that season have been released or are seemingly about to be. So "winning" free agency doesn't necessarily equate to "winning" anything else. 

Especially in a year where the salary cap is a major concern, free agency isn't going to be about signing the best and brightest players at each position. It is a struggle to determine who should be targeted, for how much, and where the money to sign those players should come from.

The Lions have to be smart, frugal and savvy with not only new acquisitions, but also contract terms and their own free agents. Here is the rundown of how the Lions can claim a successful free-agency period.

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