3 Veteran Free Agents the Lions Should Sign for Training Camp
By Zach Brunner
The Detroit Lions were again at the bottom of the division in 2019, needing to make improvements in 2020. The Lions continue to be active in free agency, but it has yet to really result in wins. With holes still on the team and them having the seventh-most cap space available, the Lions should look to sign these three veteran free agents before training camp.
The biggest weakness on the Lions continues to be their pass defense. Last season, they gave up the most passing yards per game (284.4 yards) and were tied for the second-worst pass rush, with just 1.8 sacks per game. All three of these free agents will help with their pass defense.
1. Logan Ryan, CB
The Lions downgraded from Darius Slay to Desmond Trufant this offseason, then spent a first-round pick on Jeff Okudah. This means they could still use some help at cornerback, and Logan Ryan is the best available. He enjoyed his best season with the Tennessee Titans last year, totaling four interceptions, 18 passes defended, 113 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Ryan is also familiar with Matt Patricia, who was his defensive coordinator while he was with the New England Patriots.
2. Everson Griffen, DE
Everson Griffen may be 32, but I'm sure Matthew Stafford would love to finally have this guy on his team instead of against him. Last season, Griffen totaled eight sacks, 24 quarterback hits and 11 tackles for a loss. He would be a big boost for this Detroit pass rush.
3. Cameron Wake, DE
A cheap addition for Detroit would be the 38-year-old Cameron Wake. The veteran played a very limited role with the Titans last season, playing just over 17 percent of the defensive snaps. Despite such a small roll, Wake still totaled 2.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hits and even got a safety. He could play a similar, passing down role for the Lions this season.
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