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Jamaal Williams may be the answer – PFF suggests 1 free agent the Detroit Lions must sign

The Detroit Lions may have won eight of their final ten football games to finish with a 9-8 record in 2022, but if you think GM Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell are even remotely satisfied, you are mistaken. In fact, during a recent interview, Holmes said that as early as the plane ride back home from Green Bay following the Lions' Week 18 win over the Packers, he was already excited about adding players during the offseason.

Which free agent does PFF suggest the Detroit Lions should sign?

According to Pro Football Focus, the one free agent the Detroit Lions must sign during the offseason just so happens to be one of their current players.

Though the Lions have needs, especially on the defensive side of the ball, PFF suggests the Lions should make sure to sign, or should we say, RE-SIGN, RB Jamaal Williams.

Here is what PFF has to say about the Lions re-signing Williams.

Is D'andre Swift durable enough?

Jamaal Williams has proven to be a valuable asset for the team, breaking Barry Sanders' franchise record with 17 rushing touchdowns in 2022. He has been a reliable short rushing yards back for the team over the past three seasons, bringing key fantasy points to owners who were smart enough to pick Williams up, and he's known to bring positive energy to the team's building daily. It's clear that Williams has been a key player for the Lions' offense, and he continues to impress with his consistent performance.

Williams has been a consistent and reliable player for the Lions' offense over the past two seasons. He holds a franchise record for the most rushing touchdowns in a season by breaking Barry Sanders' record with 17 touchdowns in 2022, which was also capped off with two goal-line scores that helped the team to knock his former team, the Green Bay Packers, out of the playoffs.

Jamaal Williams is known for his strong, physical running style and ability to excel in short-yardage situations. He has an 80.3 rushing grade that ranks 23rd among NFL running backs and a 25.5% rate of carries going for a first down or touchdown, which ranks seventh in the league. He's a versatile player who can also be used as a receiver out of the backfield. His reliability and consistency make him a valuable asset to the team, as he brings positive energy to the building every day.

Off the field, Williams is known for his community work; he has been actively involved in several charities and foundations, and he is also a devout Christian who has been vocal about his faith. He is a great leader, and his positive attitude and work ethic inspire his teammates. In a nutshell, Jamaal Williams is an integral part of the Lions' team, and his contributions to the team on and off the field cannot be overstated.

From PFF: While 2020 second-round pick D’Andre Swift‘s NFL career is still young, it seems as though there’s a decent chance he will never be able to hold up for a 17-game season — or be a true three-down back even if he does.

[Jamaal] Williams is the heart and soul of this Lions offense, breaking Detroit legend Barry Sanders’ franchise record with 17 rushing touchdowns in 2022, capped off with two goal-line scores to knock his former team, the Green Bay Packers, out of the playoffs. Over the past three seasons, Williams’ 80.3 rushing grade ranks 23rd and his 25.5% rate of carries going for a first down or touchdown ranks seventh. He’s a reliable short-yardage back who brings positive vibes to the building every single day. 

Nation, do you think the Detroit Lions should bring back Jamaal Williams for the 2023 season? If so, how much money would you offer him?

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