The Detroit Lions and its fans expected a good year after the team had the best record in the second half of the 2010-11 NFL season and the team didn't disappoint as the Lions carried that momentum to this year's playoffs, but the team still has several holes to fill if they want to contend for Super Bowls and this off-season is very important to the growth and confidence of the organization.
Detroit has a big need for help in their secondary and though the draft is one way to add talent, this team needs to look elsewhere and bring in a couple of veteran players to not only help on defense, but also with leadership as the young defense made too many silly penalties this year.
LaRon Landry has become one of the hardest hitting safeties in football and perhaps the biggest free agent for teams in need of help in the secondary and Detroit would be a good landing spot. Landry was drafted by the Washington Redskins out of college and injuries have slowed him down, but he would add depth and a veteran presence to the team's defense and a player that can force turnoversÂ—something this team desperately needs.
Another big name that could land in Detroit is Carlos Rogers of the San Francisco 49ers. Rogers is having a terrific season and it would surprise most experts if the team let him sign elsewhere, but money talks in the NFL and Rodgers could see a big increase in pay after his play in 2011-12.