I have to admit, I am riding high on Lions optimism right now after just reading that Glover Quin is officially on the team. Today is a big day for Lions fans, and it's time to drink the Kool-Aid yet again.
Unlike last year with a single, unimpressive free agent pickup (Jacob Lacey), Mayhew and the Lions backed up their intent of being selectively aggressive this time around. I'll give some brief thoughts on today's signings below.
Chris Houston: I was thrilled to see we were able to re-sign Houston at a reasonable rate (looks like around $5M a year). He was the only decent member of the secondary last year and was likely the Lions' highest priority UFA. I'm hoping we can add another corner, but it's looking like the draft may be the place for that.
Jason Jones: I like the fit, I like the versatility. I liked him coming out of Eastern Michigan, and see him spending the majority of his time in Kyle Vanden Bosch's vacant spot on the strong side.
Reggie Bush: Ok, I was wrong. I really didn't think this was going to happen. Offering him the starting job was likely the kicker here, and I'm still waiting to see the numbers. I'm hoping it's going to be a significant timeshare with Leshoure to keep him fresh, but Bush definitely adds playmaking ability-- and will hopefully be able to exploit all the nickel defenses we face thanks to Calvin.
Glover Quin: I was waiting to see what happened with Quin before getting too excited, and seeing Schefter's tweet made my day. Quin is a great cover safety and has started every game for the past three years. I've always been a Delmas fan, but there's a lot to be said about player availability. There is still a need for another safety, but Mayock calls this draft's the best safety class in a decade.