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,29commentsThe best free agent of the 2019 offseason may not even hit the market. ESTShareTweetShareShareReport: Dallas Cowboys intend to sign DeMarcus Lawrence to long term dealMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsDeMarcus Lawrence, one of the most sought-after names that was set to hit the open market this offseason, may not even make it that far. The Star Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr. reported on Monday that the Dallas Cowboys have no intention of letting the edge rusher hit free agency and hope to sign a long term deal by March 5. It is expected that Lawrence will command quarterback-level money this offseason, and a long-term deal may be worth over $100 million. He has earned 25 sacks over the past two seasons and played on the franchise tag in 2018.If the Cowboys are able to retain the edge rusher then New England Patriots free agent Trey Flowers will now be the top name on the market. The edge has experience playing with head coach Matt Patricia in the past and has been a popular name among Lions speculation in recent months. With Lawrence potentially off of the market, the price for Flowers — and every other free agent edge rusher — may only get higher as now all of them will have more potential suitors.Detroit will be looking to replace Ezekiel Ansah this season, and will most likely either sign a top-end free agent edge defender or select one with the eighth pick in the draft. A closer look at the Lions depth chart leaves serious concerns at the tight end position beyond Jesse James."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsDetroit Lions RosterDetroit Lions AnalysisNext Man Up: Is Jesse James a one-man show at tight end?New Womens Calvin Johnson Jersey
,33commentsA closer look at the Lions depth chart leaves serious concerns at the tight end position beyond Jesse James.EDTShareTweetShareShareNext Man Up: Is Jesse James a one-man show at tight end?Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY SportsOne of the Detroit Lions’ biggest splash signings of this offseason was tight end Jesse James. As it stands now, James is set to take over the role of TE1 due to his ability, experience, and paycheck. James’ previous production has shown that he has the ability to be an average to below average starting tight end, more so a “1B” on the depth chart if you will. Nonetheless, James’ signing was necessary if the Lions wanted to go into the 2019 NFL Draft without tight end being a glaring need. If James were to go down though Zach Zenner Jersey White
, then let’s just say the Lions would have to consider making some significant moves. Next Man Up: Michael RobertsThe Lions drafted Michael Roberts in the fourth round of the 2017 draft based on his extreme efficiency in the red zone while at the University of Toledo with the hope that he would blossom into just as good of a tight end between the 20s. That experiment hasn’t panned out, however. Roberts has had problems with drops and fumbles to add to his unrefined route-running ability, keeping him sidelined in favor of sub-par journeyman like Darren Fells and Levine Toilolo. Last offseason there was even talk of Roberts not making the team in his second season due to the emergence of Hakeem Valles, and Roberts’ continued his struggles into the 2018 season. In two full seasons with the Lions, Roberts has 13 receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns to show for. For reference, Kenny Golladay Womens Matt Prater Jersey
, who the Lions picked just a round before Roberts, had seven catches for 146 yards in Week 15 of last season alone. Aside from Roberts, the only other tight end on the Lions roster is former quarterback-turned-tight-end Logan Thomas and Jerome Cunningham. Thomas, the 6-foot-7 Virginia Tech product, was on the Lions practice squad for two days in 2016. Thomas was only active for two regular season games in his first three seasons, both in his rookie year with Arizona Womens Kerry Hyder Jersey
, and has since played in 25 games over the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills. For what it’s worth, Thomas has been just as productive as Roberts over that time, posting 19 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown.Grade: FIf the Lions were to lose Jesse James for any reason, they might as well just stop using tight ends in the offense. Relying on either of their (lack of) depth to take over the role of starting tight end is worrisome to say the least. The Lions were fortunate to land James in Detroit with a free agent class full of average to below average tight ends, and signing James the Lions eliminated the need to draft a tight end in the first day or two of the draft. It seems clear, however Womens Ricky Jean Francois Jersey
, that they will inevitably grab another tight end to complement James or at least be a competent backup. Some names to watch on draft weekend include Dawson Knox, Jace Sternberger, Kahale Warring, and Foster Moreau.