WEEK IN REVIEW: Free agency predictions

Posted Mar 8, 2014

With the start of free agency just days away, the predictions for which players will be targeted, and retained, continues

With the start of free agency officially beginning on Tuesday at 4 PM, predicting who the Lions might sign is a difficult task.

Making a big splash, much as Detroit did last year with the signings of running back Reggie Bush, defensive end Jason Jones and safety Glover Quin, is a highly unlikely scenario this time around, but nonetheless, it will be interesting to see which players are targeted.

The Lions' would also be well advised to hold on to a few free agents currently on the roster, at the top of that list are tight end Brandon Pettigrew and running back Joique Bell.

Pettigrew proved to be a consistent, all-around tight end, while Bell and Bush created one of the best running back tandem's in the league, becoming the first duo to each rush for at least 500 yards and record 500 yards receiving.

"I do understand I’m a restricted free agent and I understand how the business works and I would like to just bypass all of this and sign a long-term deal," Bell said back in January. "Just knock it out.

"I don’t want to go anywhere. I know the fans don’t want me going anywhere. I know the team doesn’t want me going anywhere. The front office doesn’t want me to go anywhere, so let’s just make this happen."

The Lions have also tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman.


Justin GilbertOklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert (Photo: AP Images)