2011 NFL Draft: How the Detroit Lions Can Benefit from a Free Agency Lockout

January 29, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Save your angry comments.
Not only am I not advocating an NFL lockout in 2011, I personally think it would be one of the worst possible things to happen both to American football, and to the Detroit Lions, who might make their first legitimate playoff push if the 2011 season happens.
That being said, there may be a silver lining here.
The Detroit Lions are among a number of teams that likely will not be major players in the free agency market this year. They'll take a couple of guys from the middle-tier, but this is a team being built through the draft. They won't be throwing out a superstar's paycheck to get the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Champ Bailey or Chad Greenway.
Those top-tier guys are not on Detroit's menu, but somebody somewhere is going to sign them, and they will expect them to fill a big hole on the team.
But what if there's a lockout? If no collective bargaining agreement is reached by March, free agency 2011 will cease to exist, at least until the...

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