As a popular quote reads, good things come to those who wait. Fortunately, the Detroit Lions didn't have to wait that long to strike it rich in free agency. The groundwork the team laid on day one led to a very fruitful day two, which saw the Lions snag Reggie Bush, Glover Quin and Jason Jones off the open market and re-sign cornerback Chris Houston.
It was the biggest free agency day in recent memory for the Lions, who were in need of some positive headlines in light of last year's pathetic finish. General manager Martin Mayhew promised change and thankfully, he has certainly delivered it already with a three pronged attack Wednesday.
Jones, a Michigan native, was the second domino to fall before noon. After Chris Houston re-signed, Jones inked his deal. In a situational role for Seattle, he enjoyed a solid 2012 season which saw him net four sacks. Jones is versatile, having played defensive tackle. He'll likely play end for the Lions, who view him as a solid understated replacement for Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril.
Then, just after 1 p.m., word began to leak on social media that Bush had agreed on a four year contract with the Lions. His addition gives Detroit the slash back they have so desperately coveted since the unfortunate departure of Jahvid Best. At almost $5 million dollars per year, his addition isn't terribly pricey for the value and skill he'll provide. Expect Bush to take the Lions' offense to a new dimension with his running and receiving skills. He's the true personification of a dual threat.
Finally, the Lions helped their defense out immensely with the mid-afternoon signing of Quin. Widely regarded as the Texans' best cover player in the secondary, Quin fills a huge void in Detroit's defensive backfield with his durability and versatility. $5 million dollars a year is a small price to pay for any type of difference maker in the backfield.
Whew. You wanted roster turnover? You got it. Don't bet on Detroit being done yet, either. The hunt will remain on for another cornerback to complement Houston, perhaps a wide receiver (Domenik Hixon reportedly has a Lions' offer) and maybe even another safety. Clearly, Mayhew is serious about backing up his promises to improve upon last year's struggles. The Lions roster had some major holes, and on the second official day of the NFL offseason, Mayhew took four big steps to improve his team.
In Detroit, everybody has long talked about improving the Lions. It's refreshing to see Mayhew backing the talk up with serious moves when he needed them the most. This isn't just the team signing big free agents to burn money, either. Jones, Bush and Quin will all fill their specific roles for Detroit in excellent fashion. None will have the usual Detroit football free agency pressure of being "the guy." Instead, all can fall in and just be themselves. There's enough other pieces which now prove that true.
Changes are a comin' by the bunch. If day two was any indication, this offseason is going to continue to get more interesting by the day. With one big day, finally, the Lions look to have put their money where their mouth is when it comes to improving.
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