Tom Lewand speaks on Reggie Bush, Cliff Avril, Louis Delmas and Matthew Stafford

Posted Mar 14, 2013

With the first free agent signings in the books, president Tom Lewand talks the State of the Lions

By most accounts, the Detroit Lions have had themselves a good start to the free agency period.

The signings of Reggie Bush, Glover Quin, Chris Houston and Jason Jones - along with some of their previous re-signings - have filled holes in the roster, but Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said Thursday there are no awards given out in March.

“I’ve always said that headlines in March are fine, but I’ll take the headlines in December, January and February,” he said.

“I think we’ve been able to add some players to our team that we expect to come in here and contribute and add value. We’re excited about the guys we signed in the last few days, including our own, but there’s a long way to go.”

Free agency isn’t over yet and Lewand said there was no finish line to player acquisitions.

“It’s been a good couple days, but we have to keep moving,” he said.

He also spoke on a number of other topics:

Reggie BushOn Reggie Bush:

“One of the things that struck me about Reggie, as we were talking with him and having dinner the other night, is he is focused on winning. It’s not about anything else in terms of what he wants to accomplish - other than being in the right kind of offense that allows him to produce the way he thinks he’s capable of and winning football games.”

On the structure of the contracts signed Wednesday:

“I think when you’re talking about player acquisition, you want to try and utilize limited resources in the best way possible. Everybody has limited resources. The salary cap dictates that. So, to the extent that you can be smart in how you spend those dollars, you’ll obviously give yourself a greater chance of success in acquisition and on the field.”

On making an attempt to sign Cliff Avril:

“We had lots of conversations with all of our free agents; with the ones that were re-signed as well as the ones that had opportunities elsewhere.”

On hoping to sign Louis Delmas:

“We’ll maintain communication with a lot of free agents. As I said, free agency is not over. We’ve maintained contact with our own guys as well as some of the other free agents out there and we’ll see where things take us.”

On extending Matthew Stafford’s contract:

“I haven’t changed my position on that in the last few weeks since we last talked about this. Obviously, we think Matthew Stafford is a guy that can be our quarterback for a long time and we want to have some discussions with him about his contract in accordance with that desire to keep him here a long time. If that works out, great, but we know he’s here for at least the next two years. We’ll keep working on that.”