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While I love him and he is a true fighter, I think it is time to let Smith go. It saddens me but it's true. Keep Morris, as he is playing great.
I would let go of Derrick Williams and Bryant Johnson, however Nate Burleson lived up to his expectations and I only see better things for him ahead. Calvin Johnson—what can one say about him other than, "WOW." If we can continue to draw some coverage away from him he will emerge as the No. 1 receiver in the entire NFL
If the Lions draft a developmental quarterback then I say let Drew Stanton go but I like him, and I believe if he had proper preparation with the first team offense, he could be a decent No. 2 guy. Especially if the coaches show some confidence in him. I would like to see him stay though as a No. 2 QB.
I say trade Shaun Hill. We should get a lot for him: Round 3 pick or higher. Several teams are interested in him and not just as a backup, but as a starter. I liked Tim Tebow last year. Now this year I like Cam Newton as a player, not so sure about him as a person, but just a wild thought. I don't see us getting him...Also don't forget Vince Young is a free agent along with Michael Vick.
Jeff Backus has a year left with the Lions. He tries and does play above his ability. However he isn't the answer; not a true franchise LT. Dominic Raiola is a smart, feisty center and I like him a lot. The problem is he is undersized. He gets beat by the bull rush and this is hurting the run game. I think you keep him and Backus for one year to train their understudies, then it is time to part ways.
I love the pickup of Rob Sims. Keep him long term. Stephen Peterman should be a backup. Gosder Cherilus played OK this year at times, but in reality he should be a backup. The Lions need to upgrade the right side of the line badly.
The Lions are set at TE but could trade Tony Scheffler if the right offer presented itself. He seems to get hurt and dinged up often. He seems to lack that gritty toughness I look for in a football player. I feel the Lions are strong at TE. I would not trade Brandon Pettigrew; he is part of the long-term core of the team. I see he being one of the top five TEs within the NFL in the next couple years.
Lastly, I am also going to throw a name out there: Jared Gaither. What do you think of him? He worries me because he is injured a lot but he is 24 and has the skills when healthy to be a franchise LT. However he may cost to much as he would want a big, long-term contract. See this article for more on him.