Mar 14, 2024 - Sports

Lions make moves in NFL free agency

Detroit Lions Executive Vice President & General Manager Brad Holmes talks with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell prior to the Detroit Lions versus the Chicago Bears game at Ford Field last season. Photo: Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Lions executive vice president and general manager Brad Holmes {left) talks with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell prior to the Detroit-Chicago game at Ford Field last season. Photo: Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Lions general manager Brad Holmes is confident that he'll prove the doubters wrong again this offseason.

The big picture: Making the right moves in free agency will be instrumental to another deep playoff run — especially since the Lions won't pick until the end of the NFL Draft's first round.

Driving the news: The Lions are re-signing offensive linemen Dan Skipper and Graham Glasgow. The team also signed edge rusher Marcus Davenport on Wednesday, the first day of the NFL's free agency period.

C.J. Gardner-Johnson, a key acquisition last offseason, is re-signing with the Eagles for a three-year, $33 million deal. He was an exciting player, but a torn pectoral in week two limited him to just three games.

  • He'll be remembered for asking fans to wear blue ski masks ahead of the Lions' first home game.

What's next: Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader will visit the Lions on Thursday, according to the NFL Network and Bleacher Report.

  • He would be the team's biggest splash if he signs with Detroit.

Zoom out: The NFC North will look different this season with quarterback Kirk Cousins leaving the Vikings for the Falcons.

  • The Bears signed former Lions running back D'Andre Swift and are expected to take USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the No. 1 pick.
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