A breakdown of the first week of free agency for the Detroit Lions.
Most significant signing: Detroit needed to find someone who could start helping the franchise transition from Calvin Johnson, and Marvin Jones was the clear target. He was one of the first players looked at by the Lions in free agency and they made the deal before the league year officially opened. Jones gives them a player with good hands who can get down the field and has a strong sense of self. He knows he won't be able to replace Johnson on his own, but he figures to be a good place to start.
Most significant loss: The Lions have been pretty good here. Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus would be the team's biggest loss as he heads to Miami as a likely starter in the secondary. Abdul-Quddus was a good starter the second half of last season and also had special teams value. The Lions signed Rafael Bush and Tavon Wilson to compete for the starting job next to Glover Quin, but that is not a clear upgrade over Abdul-Quddus. The Lions have otherwise done a pretty good job hanging on to the guys they wanted by re-signing Haloti Ngata and Tahir Whitehead.
Player they should have signed or still could sign: Detroit is still in the race with Russell Okung, along with three other teams, according to a source, but no deal is imminent. Signing Okung would help solidify the Lions' offensive line and would give quarterback Matthew Stafford protection on the blind side. Safety George Iloka would have been a big get for the Lions, but the price of $6 million per year on average Cincinnati paid to keep him was probably too high.
What's next: The Lions have some areas they could add players. Defensive end will be a need between depth in free agency and the draft. They could use a bigger running back to complement Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. They need some depth at wide receiver beyond Jones and Golden Tate. Offensive line -- both tackle and center -- are question marks. Cornerback could see an upgrade as well. So there are places to improve.
Overall grade: B. That just feels right. The Lions didn't make a huge splash in free agency -- but teams that do often don't see requisite results in the fall. General manager Bob Quinn made some shrewd signings with Jones and Johnson Bademosi, who will be a special-teams dynamo. Bringing back Ngata and Whitehead were also smart decisions based on the contracts given. There are still questions left and the roster now doesn't look as strong as the one that ended last season in part due to the lack of Johnson, but the real judge of what Quinn is trying to build will be after the draft is over and realistically after the 2016 season concludes.