Top Offseason Moves of 2010
With the 2010 offseason program in the books, Detroitlions.com is counting down the top offseason moves of the calendar year. Place your vote within the poll to the right!
Moves to vote on are as follows (in chronological order):
- Lions trade for DT Corey Williams
- The Lions acquired Williams and a 2010 seventh round draft choice from Cleveland in exchange for a 2010 fifth round draft pick. Williams played both defensive tackle and end in four-man and three-man fronts during his NFL career. He played with Green Bay from 2004-07 and with Cleveland from 2008-09.
- Lions sign free agent WR Nate Burleson
- Burleson was targeted by the Lions right away -- Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan flew out to Seattle at the outset of free agency to pitch signing with Detroit to the eighth-year receiver. Burleson had his best season under Linehan, finishing with 1,006 receiving yards and nine touchdowns opposite Randy Moss.
- Lions sign free agent DE Kyle Vanden Bosch
- Detroit's other coveted free agent, Head Coach Jim Schwartz made a housecall to Vanden Bosch as soon as the clock struck midnight to start the free agent signing period. Vanden Bosch is a 10th-year veteran who is considered a workhourse by anyone who has seen him practice. He has already made a significant impact with Detroit's young defensive linemen.
- Lions trade for CB Chris Houston
- The Lions acquired Houston from the Atlanta Falcons for the Lions' sixth round pick in 2010 and a conditional seventh round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The fourth-year corner spent his first three seasons with the Falcons after being drafted by the club in the second-round (41st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
- Lions trade for G Rob Sims
- Detroit added to its offensive line with the acquisition of Sims from Seattle. Detroit traded for Sims - a fifth-year player - and a seventh-round draft choice in exchange for defensive end Robert Henderson and a fifth-round draft choice.
- Lions trade for TE Tony Scheffler
- Detroit sent LB Ernie Sims to Philadelphia in a three-team trade that brought Scheffler to the Lions. Scheffler's receiving ability brings another weapon to the Lions' offensive arsenal. With the Denver Broncos, he had 1,896 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns over four seasons.
- Lions draft DT Ndamukong Suh
- Detroit made plenty of Lions' fans happy with the drafting of Suh at No. 2-overall. When St. Louis made it official with the pick of QB Sam Bradford at No. 1, the Lions didn't waste any time calling up the defensive tackle, who won numerous awards in his final year with Nebraska. Suh ads size, speed and agility to the interior line, benefitting from time with the veterans at the end of the offseason program.
- Lions trade up to draft RB Jahvid Best
- The Lions were supposedly done drafting for the night when they traded back up into the first round to get Best with the 31st-overall selection. Best, a junior out of California, brings with him game-changing ability in the form of top-level speed, vision and versatility.
The order for the countdown will be determined by you, the fans, so cast your vote now!
Voting will conclude on Monday, July 5.