The Detroit Lions look like they are making a great effort to change the normal life of football in Detroit. The Lions have made some good acquisitions this year at the beginning of the free agency period, signing defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch , wide receiver Nate Burleson , and defensive tackle Corey Williams .
Early Friday morning, they signed receiver Nate Burleson to a five-year, $25 million contract that includes $11 million in guaranteed money. Veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch signed a four-year contract worth $26 million, of which $10 million is guaranteed money. Detroit picked up defensive tackle Corey Williams and a seventh round pick from the Cleveland Browns, sending away their fifth round pick.
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham wants size on his defensive line, so the Lions focused on size when it comes to the defensive front. Detroit has good size in the middle, even after releasing defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Sammie Lee Hill (6’4”, 330 pounds) is a younger version of Grady Jackson.
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz arrived at Vanden Bosch’s door at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning. Vanden Bosch and ex-Coach Schwartz talked for over three hours that night, working on a contract agreement. The next morning the deal was set in stone, and Vanden Bosch became the biggest upgrade to the Lions new defensive line. Vanden Bosch will be able to help free up the pass rushing specialists, defensive ends Jason Hunter and Cliff Avril.
Newly acquired wide receiver Nate Burleson will be reunited with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, and will bring some veteran leadership to the offense. He fits better as a slot receiver than a No. 1, but he will be a solid and reliable receiver who can jump into the return man role as well. Burleson should do well setting up positive throwing lanes for quarterback Matthew Stafford in order to make Calvin Johnson the big time threat that he his.
The Lions are currently still in contact with some other top free agent players. They include: LenDale White, Keith Bulluck, Ryan Clark, Aaron Kampman, and Chad Pennington. Each one of those players could be a starter for the Lions; the question is, which one will be next?
Daniel Jeremiah of MovetheSticks.com via Twitter : "I don't see the Lions altering their draft plans after these signings ... McCoy and Suh are head and shoulders above Okung on tape."
Well, there's your answer. The Lions will have the opportunity to sign either Suh or McCoy in the 2010 NFL Draft and have one of the top defensive lines going into the 2010 NFL season.