Heading into this free agency period, the Detroit Lions had two important holes to fill; linebacker and cornerback. Earlier this offseason, the Lions addressed linebacker by signing Justin Durant. Now, the Lions have signed a cornerback as well. Detroit has agreed to terms on a one year deal with Eric Wright.
No, Wright isn’t one of the big names in free agency. He’s not Nnamdi Asomugha or Jonathan Joseph. What he is, however, is a starting calibre cornerback. Wright was a first round talent when he came out in 2007, but he dropped into the second round due to character issues, where the Cleveland Browns picked him with the 53rd pick. He then proceeded to step right into the starting lineup, and was a good player for them. He has nine interceptions and 47 passes defensed in his career. Last season was a bit of a disappointment, and due to injury he only played in 13 games and only started 10. Still, he should be ready to bounce back this season.
Wright is a good cornerback, and a definite upgrade at the position for the Lions. He will step into a starting role right away. However, he’s not such a major difference maker that they can just stop here. They probably need to re-sign Chris Houston, pushing Alphonso Smith (who is currently on the PUP) to the third cornerback role.
Detroit has addressed their two biggest needs this offseason. They didn’t make any big signings, yet, but they signed two good players who can start for a good defense, which the Lions hope to have. They probably need to make at least one more signing, but if Durant and Wright are their only two significant signings, that would be a satisfactory offseason for Detroit.