Bob Quinn was busy during his first few days of free agency for the Detroit Lions, signing or re-signing 10 players as he tries to shape and re-make the franchise’s roster.
He’s likely not done yet, either.
The Lions lost out on defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on Sunday night after he agreed to a deal with division rival Chicago. But there are a bunch of things to monitor this week.
1. The Russell Okung watch: The left tackle took a mini-NFL tour over the weekend, visiting the New York Giants, Detroit and Pittsburgh according to ESPN Insider Josina Anderson. Okung has yet to sign and is one of the biggest names left on the market. If he did land with the Lions, the question would then be what the franchise would do with Riley Reiff. The likely answer is he would move to the right side, a more difficult transition than most think. Okung is representing himself and has clearly been thorough.
2. Addressing the offensive line: Okung is still the player to watch here, but don’t be surprised if the Lions address the offensive line in some fashion this next week. Stefen Wisniewski is an interior lineman who could receive some attention from Detroit. The offensive tackle market is still pretty open, and if the Lions lose out on Okung, Donald Penn and Kelvin Beachum would be the top remaining options. Each have questions, though. Beachum is coming off a torn ACL and Penn is 32.
3. What’s going on with Stephen Tulloch: The new league year is nearly a week old and Tulloch remains a Lions linebacker. He posted his goodbye to Detroit last month after being told he would be released at some point. That release hasn’t happened yet. It is still expected, but for whatever reason the Lions have been holding on to a player who doesn’t seem to be in their 2016 plans.
4. What else will the Lions need: Detroit took care of a lot of depth holes over the past week, but there are still places to look. Adding a veteran running back is a possibility, along with another receiver, a defensive lineman, a linebacker and a defensive back. At this point, the talent/value level could match up with some bargain deals for the Lions.