With the sports world coming to a temporary halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, all eyes are now focused on the upcoming NFL free agency market.
With a lot of great players slated to hit the open market in just a few days, it is going to be interesting to see which players land in new locations this spring.
NFL free agency arrives March 18
NFL free agents will be open to signing with any team that pursues them starting on March 18.
With all of the potential stars available, which ones, if any, will the Detroit Lions pursue?
According to The Athletic, the Lions have their eyes on several top players and they have a nice chunk of change to work with.
General manager Bob Quinn has just under $50 million ($46.8) to spend on players this offseason. The big question is where will they focus their priorities? Offense, defense, or will they stand pat?
The possibility of a trade leading to more picks at the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft is also an option that has been rumored to be on Quinn’s list.
How will the Lions spend their money?
How the Lions spend some of their money on free agents could tip off which player they may select third overall in the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23.
With many rumors circulating that Chase Young and Isaiah Simmons are the top two players Detroit is eyeing in the NFL draft, the players the Lions may have their eyes on in free agency could sway that pick if they make a bold signing or two before the draft arrives.
Linebackers Cory Littleton and Jamie Collins were both mentioned as top free agent possibilities for the Lions by The Athletic.
Not only are these guys gamers, but they also won’t break the bank.
Littleton, 26, would be a great pickup for any team looking for linebacker help, however, signing a player like Littleton may depend on what the Lions are planning on doing with Jarrad Davis.
Davis is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 season and should get a nice raise. When healthy, Davis has been been very effective.
Littleton, on the other hand, has improved his game a lot over the past two seasons.
Cory Littleton proved to develop into one of the most versatile players in the league in 2019. Any way he could get to the ball, he did! Tackles, Pass rushing, force fumbles, interceptions, pass deflections, you name it. Hoping #58 remains a Ram for the long haul! pic.twitter.com/zZvAarYn3x
— RAMS ON FILM (@RamsOnFilm) February 10, 2020
The only drawback is that he will more than likely fetch $10-12 million per season. Adding him to an already growing core could help the Lions beef up a much needed aggressive style on defense.
Another player that would look great in the Honolulu Blue and Silver would be Jamie Collins.
Collins has been rock solid for the Patriots over his career, however, it seems his days may be numbered in New England.
The 30-year-old Collins, who has played for the Browns as well as the Patriots, had a great season last year.
Collins recorded seven sacks, had three interceptions and recorded 139 tackles (58 solos) in 2019. He also could come at a relatively affordable price of somewhere in the $7-$8 million per year range.
He knows how to be a leader on the field and has played under Matt Patricia before.
It is going to be an interesting buildup to free agency for the Lions. Now the question is will they make a splash signing or two?