The post-draft fever hit another blow at the announcement of a continuing lockout and no CBA. The draft brought brief excitement and hope to fans desperately looking for something to celebrate. After the draft we were essentially told, again, to hold off on buying any party favors.
The sense of restless for an answer about free-agency and when we can get the new kids in to their respective team facilities is mounting to an almost unbearable level.
We all heard the booing toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the draft and the chanting of "we want football" from the crowd. He said he heard us. Did he? Sometimes, I would like to suggest that the Commissioner be renamed "Roger Godawful" but, in the end, I know it is not just about him.
Ultimately, we have to move on with the expectation that the miracle on 280 Park Avenue (NFL headquarters) will happen sooner or later.
Moving on means that we get to return to the question of free-agency.
For Detroit fans, there are rumblings in the media about projected free-agency targets that are extremely intriguing.
Probably the one that will garner the most attention is about CB Nnamdi Asomugha (more on that shortly).
As we learned through the draft, there is no telling what Jim Schwartz (coach) and Martin Mayhew (GM) may be thinking or how they will approach free-agency.
Bottom line: Would they spend their money on one big name player like Asomugha or spread it out on filling more holes with really good but less expensive players? The Lions also have to be looking for an upgrade in players who can start immediately in a tough NFC North division. Which players have that ability?
There is no way of knowing who will be considered an unrestricted free-agent vs a restricted free-agent at this point so we will consider all of them who have not been franchised or signed contracts.
For purposes of addressing what many feel are the most glaring needs for the Lions this off-season, we'll focus on OLBers and CBs.
Get out the Kool-aid. This is where it gets fun again.