3 Free Agents the Lions Must Avoid This Offseason
Following the trade of QB Matthew Stafford, the Detroit Lions will continue to make changes after hiring a new GM and head coach. Now, the attention turns to the NFL Draft and free agency.
There are some big-time free agents hitting the market this offseason, and there will be a ton of competition for the top targets. Adding the right players to the Lions' den will help them turn around their long losing fortunes.
With that in mind, here are three free agents the Lions should avoid signing.
1. Von Miller, OLB
The Lions allowed more touchdowns than any other team in 2020. Detroit needs to bolster its linebacking core, but 32-year-old Von Miller should be avoided. He sat out the 2020 season with an ankle injury, and the Broncos' pash-rusher is likely going to be let go by Denver due to massive cap savings from declining his final year. Miller wouldn't quite fit into the Lions' rebuilding plan, so there's no need to chase him this offseason.
2. Antonio Brown, WR
The Lions have four wide receivers hitting free agency and will no doubt look towards the NFL draft for help. The aging core is being replaced, and this is an opportunity to find young talent who can grow with the team. Detroit will be tempted to add a veteran and capable wide receiver, but should avoid Antonio Brown at all costs. His issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Las Vegas Raiders make him someone Detroit should stay far away from.
3. Lane Taylor, OG
The Lions spent big last offseason on offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Unfortunately, he played just 10 games after he suffered a foot injury in the final week of training camp. Big V's injury struggles aided in the Lions having the worst rushing attack in the NFC. Detroit could use reinforcements at guard, and 32-year-old Lane Taylor could come at a cheaper price than many other free agent linemen. Still, his average annual salary has been more than $5 million, and Taylor's injury history and pass protection problems don't warrant the risk.
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