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FoxSports.com: NFL Free Agency Report Card

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Detroit Lions

Impact moves: 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



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