The Lions took care of their best player by signing wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a seven-year, $132 million contract extension. The next order of business is trying to sign defensive end Cliff Avril to a long-term deal after naming him their franchise player. Significant losses:
With Johnson tying up more than $20 million in cap space before his extension, the Lions had no shot at keeping cornerback Eric Wright (five-year, $38 million contract with Tampa Bay). Top draft needs:
Cornerback, tackle and running back would make sense. Analysis:
After a breakthrough 2011 campaign, the Lions were more interested in retaining players like left tackle Jeff Backus and middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch than searching for free-agent replacements. Grade:
B- Alex Marvez
(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)Courtesy of FOXSports.com The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.