Pride of Detroit

● By Ryan Mathews
The NFL’s new year is yet to get underway, but that hasn’t prevented the proverbial you-know-what from hitting the fan over the past 72 hours. After almost two months of nothing to report—and too many appearances on The Pat McAfee Show—Aaron Rodgers is staying put in Green Bay. The Denver Broncos emptied their pockets for the services of Mr. Unlimited himself, Russell Wilson, and the Seattle Seahawks officially closed the book on the Legion of Boom when they released future Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Wagner. And that’s just the beginning of what figures to be a busy offseason as teams around the league get back to business as usual with a salary cap on the rise. That includes the Detroit Lions and general manager Brad Holmes who figure to be bigger players in all aspects of the NFL offseason than they were a year ago. The Lions made their first substantial move ahead of free agency and the draft by re-signing Josh Reynolds to a two-year extension worth up to $12 million on Tuesday. In news seemingly unrelated to the Lions, but actually, something to keep an eye on, the Jacksonville Jaguars placed the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson, leaving the door open for them to thumb their nose at every mock draft you’ve seen for the past two months that had them choosing Alabama’s Evan Neal or North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu.
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