Following a 3-13-1 2021 season, many believed the Detroit Lions would head into the offseason with the plan to attack free agency and we warned that Brad Holmes was more likely to re-sign a bunch of his current players while adding a couple of starting-caliber players from the outside.
Well, that is exactly what has happened so far and there are a plethora of fans who are upset with Holmes' strategy to bring so many players back from a 3-win team.
On Tuesday, Holmes spoke to reporters at the NFL owner's meeting and he defended what he has done in free agency.
From Detroit Free Press:
“When I hear that people wanted us to get more external help, it’s just, the grass is not always greener and then you kind of know who the culture fits are and who aren't,” Holmes said Tuesday at the NFL's annual meeting. “But we're really happy with the guys that we brought back. Again, it's a testament to our organization about the guys that wanted to come back and the production they had last year.”
“I totally understand, from especially our fans' perspective, that you say, ‘Look man, three-win team, why are you bringing back the same players?'” Holmes said. “But as much work as we put into the production that those players had in our system, and then having that continuity with the coaching staff coming back as well, there’s a lot of optimism for that. And again, it's still being aggressive. It's just that it's not always saying that you're not being aggressive if you're not going the external route.”
Holmes has made it very clear from Day 1 that he is all about building through the draft and that is exactly what he has tried to do in his first two offseasons as Lions GM.
“To have the continuity that we’re bringing back with the coaching staff and relatively same system, I think it’s going to be an advantage for us,” Holmes said.
Nation, do you agree with Holmes' strategy or do you think he should have signed a couple of premier free agents during this offseason?