Lions finally make some good moves

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The NFL’s version of the television show Let’s Make a Deal started on Monday. The free agents were allowed to be signed verbally by NFL teams, yet could not be official until Wednesday. The money was being tossed around like Monopoly money.

The loveable losers, the Detroit Lions, had cash in hand and made it rain with some killer additions to the football team. The Lions became New England Patriots 2.0 this offseason. I wish they would win like the Patriots do, but that’s just wishful thinking by the Fat Guy.

The signing of slot receiver, Danny Amendola, to a oneyear $4.5 million deal with incentives to make $5.75 million was a solid move. The Danny deal is basically Golden Tate’s replacement for Matt Stafford to help move the chains. Danny is a veteran who will be starting his 11th season. The next move was Justin Coleman, the nickel back from Seattle, who is the best slot corner back in the NFL. Justin is also now the highest-paid slot corner nickel back in the NFL. He is a darn good player, Lions fans. You will love this guy! Justin and Danny both were New England Patriots at one time.

The next ex-Patriot on the Lions’ buying list was a pass rusher, Trey Flowers. Trey was offered a whopping five-year deal at $16-17 million to improve the Lions’ front four. Trey is a versatile player who can play anywhere and any type of scheme. The common thread is all three of these players know coach Matt Patricia and are comfortable becoming Detroit Lions. The Lions also found a tight end in ex-Steeler Jesse James, who should upgrade the tight end position, a glaring weakness last season for the Lions.

I realize none of the signings have produced a victory on the field in 2019 yet. However, as Lions fans, you have to love the aggressiveness in the free-agent period. They signed four quality players and filled some serious holes in one day. The Lions actually got off their tails and showed the fans some darn optimism and maybe winning some darn football games!

The Lions have also decided to release T.J. Lang and Nevin Lawson, which were both basically cap-saving measures. I cannot argue with either move and they had to be done. T.J. was good while in the lineup, but injuries kept him from being the player the Lions had hoped for. Hear the Lions roar in March! Let’s all hope the roar is not just in March and then they play like lambs this upcoming season! Hey, the Kool Aid just had some sugar mixed in the pitcher! Pour me one!

Good luck to Raiders with AB

The other NFL news is that Antonio Brown and his childish me-first attitude is now an Oakland Raider. The Raiders gave up a third- and fifth-round pick all to acquire the diva receiver. A.B., as he is called, also received a new contract while sticking the Pittsburgh team with $20 million in dead cap money. The Steelers were so tired of him they basically let him walk for nothing while screwing themselves. I hate when a player dictates his terms and comes out smelling like a rose. Good luck, Derek Carr and Jon Gruden, dealing with this head case! He is a great talent, but a real jerk as a NFL player, if you ask me.

Bragging rights go green

The Michigan State Spartans sweep the Wolverines season series with a victory last Saturday night. The Wolverines dominated the first half and were smoked in the second half by MSU. The play of Cassius Winston was the difference, as he made five-straight baskets in the second half. Cassius is one heck of a player and showed it to Michigan and clinching a share of the Big Ten Championship with Purdue.

The Wolverines’ offense was totally shut down in the second half by the Spartans. A great win by the green and white and plenty of bragging rights for their fans. The Big Ten Tournament is next and the selection show for March Madness is Sunday night. I believe the Spartans can be a one seed if they win the Big Ten Tournament, otherwise it will be a two seed. The Wolverines are a three seed and a Big Ten Tournament win will push them to a two seed. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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