Detroit gets the free agent season started by making the first move Friday morning. Reports have come in that Detroit has signed wide receiver Nate Burleson to a five year, $25 million deal with $11 million guaranteed.
The former Seattle Seahawks receiver brought in 63 receptions for 812 yards and three touchdowns last season.
That's a far better stat line than Detroit's second receiver Bryant Johnson who only caught 35 passes for a sluggish 417 yards and plenty of dropped passes.
For Detroit, making the first move for the best possible wide receiver in this years free agent pool shows that there pushing forward to becoming a winning team again. The move should open up the field more for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and give Calvin Johnson more one on one match-ups.
Other reports show that Lions head coach Jim Schwartz visited defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch early Friday morning to discuss bringing the 6'4", 278lb end to the Lions. If they can finalize the deal, Detroit would automatically have a much better defensive line, helping them not only get to the quarterback, but to also stop the run.
Chester Taylor is also looking for a new team, reports have him visiting the Chicago Bears, who are most likely to sign him, but if negotiations fail, Detroit is a team that is very interested in signing him.
He would give Detroit a great pass blocking back, as well as a guy who can catch, and get into the open field with his shifty moves.
In my opinion I love what Detroit is doing. Making the first signing of the tear shows they are pushing forward to build a winning team.
It has also been shown that the Lions have cut ties with corner back Phillip Buchanon. The move is surprising to me, seeing how they don't have much of any talent in there back field.
I guess we'll just have to wait for tonight and see if they find a replacement.