The Lions have good depth at linebacker, but need a few more quality playmakers at the position. For the Lions, youth is also very important in free agent acquisitions, as they are still a few years away from competing for a Super Bowl. With this is mind, signing Paul Posluszny would be a logical choice.
Posluszny is one of the brightest young linebackers in the country. In 45 starts spanning four seasons, he has made 398 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions, forced four fumbles and defended 14 passes.
His best attribute is his leadership, which saw him elected team captain of Penn State in his junior season. He is also a dominant run stuffer, who is well suited to play inside linebacker. He is a sure tackler both in the open field and in the hole. His instincts are top notch, which combine with his good acceleration to let him always be around the ball. He is more than able in pass coverage, with the speed to cover running backs and tight ends. He is not a great blitzer because of his lack of size (6'1", 238 lbs) but uses his hands well.
Posluszny is one of the brightest stars in the Bills' organisation, and would be a candidate for the franchise tag, if it exists in the new CBA. He has also been injured a lot, which may give reason for the Bills not to risk their one tag on a player who may get injured for that season. His injury concerns also will scare teams without a real need away from signing him, and drive his price down. This will put him into the Lions must sign price range.
Both his major injuries as a pro involve broken arms, and have more to do with bad luck than being injury prone.
Posluszny would improve the Lions' run defense as much as any free agent could. Placed at middle linebacker, he would be great at stopping inside runners, especially with Williams and Suh keeping him clean. His added physicality and strength over Levy would make him better at taking on fullback blocks as well.
He causes a lot of turnovers too, which is a weakness with the current Lions defense. In 11 games in the 2009 season, he forced six turnovers.
Finally, Posluszny is a great leader. He is the current Bills defensive captain, and would provide the same leadership to the Lions defense, and more importantly their line backer corps.
Posluszny is not the best linebacker hitting free agency, but he is relatively unknown because of playing for the Bills, and is young. And good, of course. These things combine to make him a very attractive prospect for the Lions come free agency.
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