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chiefs1111
03-22-2009, 06:53 PM
http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/


LIONS COMMENCE NEGOTIATIONS FOR NO. 1 PICK
Posted by Mike Florio on March 22, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

The Detroit Lions hold the first overall pick in the draft. And they have the ability, if they so choose, to sign the player to a contract in advance of the draft.

According to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com, the Lions have commenced the process of negotiating a contract with “their first-round draft pick.”

The player has yet to be identified.

Though the early portions of the report from Kowalski imply that the Lions are talking to only one player, quotes in the story suggest that the Lions plan to expand the process.

“We have to have robust dialogue with the agents of the players we’re interested in,” Lions president Tom Lewand said. “We’ve started that process and we’ve made it very clear to all of them that we have to have that as this month draws to a close.”

Consequently, we must break from our recent habit of bashing the Lions and applaud them.

The Lions should be talking to multiple players, if for no reason other than to leverage their actual favorite into taking a lower deal. If, along the way, their second choice is willing to take a much lower contract, then the Lions might decide to take that guy, instead.

“We won’t put a timetable on it,” Lewand said. “From our standpoint, it’s whenever everything that needs to come together, comes together. There’s no timetable one way or the other. If we make the decision and [G.M.] Martin [Mayhew] and [coach] Jim [Schwartz] and everybody else is comfortable with it and we can come to a contract with the guy, there’s no reason we can’t do that tomorrow. If we can’t — and any one of those pieces isn’t in place — and it doesn’t get done until the night before the draft, that’s fine, too.

“Whenever the muffin rises above the tin, it’s time to eat.”

OK, that last part was stupid. But we otherwise agree completely with everything Lewand is saying.

SBK
03-22-2009, 08:17 PM
http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/03/22/sanchez-not-stafford-the-lions-pick/

SANCHEZ, NOT STAFFORD, THE LIONS’ PICK? (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/03/22/sanchez-not-stafford-the-lions-pick/)

Posted by Mike Florio on March 22, 2009, 9:03 p.m. EDT

We’re putting this one squarely in the “rumor” file for now. But since this is a “rumor mill,” we’re not going to ignore it pending official confirmation or a second source.

There’s a rumor making the rounds in league circles that the Lions are focused not on Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, but on USC quarterback Mark <nobr style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%;" id="itxt_nobr_1_0">Sanchezhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif</nobr> (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/03/22/sanchez-not-stafford-the-lions-pick/#).

As previously mentioned, the Lions apparently plan to talk to multiple players about a possible rookie contract. It could be that the Lions will float multiple names, and ultimately talk to multiple players, in order to soften up the expectations of the guy whom they really want.

Rain Man
03-22-2009, 08:56 PM
You can pick up clues from the article. For example, if you read Lewand's comments, you can tell that they're planning to draft a male.

orange
03-22-2009, 09:47 PM
You can pick up clues from the article. For example, if you read Lewand's comments, you can tell that they're planning to draft a male.

... or a muffin.

The Poz
03-22-2009, 10:01 PM
From KFFL:

Lions | To take J. Smith with first pick?
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 18:38:30 -0700

KFFL has learned the Detroit Lions will take Baylor OT Jason Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Rain Man
03-22-2009, 10:09 PM
... or a muffin.

That's a good point. But with Millen gone, I think the Lions are less likely to draft actual pastries than they were in the past.

BigChiefFan
03-22-2009, 11:02 PM
Wow, a Baylor Bear going number one overall. I think he's a damn good prospect, but just never thought I'd see a Baylor player going number one overall-good for him. I think this all but seals the QBs falling like rocks on draft day.

bdeg
03-22-2009, 11:05 PM
That's a good point. But with Millen gone, I think the Lions are less likely to draft actual pastries than they were in the past.

LMAO Millen was a fan of the lemon poppyseed, "I think he'd be great at WR. Dynasty!!!"

SBK
03-22-2009, 11:14 PM
Wow, a Baylor Bear going number one overall. I think he's a damn good prospect, but just never thought I'd see a Baylor player going number one overall-good for him. I think this all but seals the QBs falling like rocks on draft day.

The Jets are dying for a QB. Wonder if we could trade down with them for say....their #1, and say----Gholston? :)

SBK
03-22-2009, 11:19 PM
Let me edit that.... :)

KC gives up #3 (2200)
Jets give up #17 (950), #52 (380) and Gholston (biggest bust in history)

bdeg
03-22-2009, 11:51 PM
I bet they want to see how Gholston reacts to the new system Rex Ryan is bringing in. He's more suited to it than to the old scheme.

Kyle DeLexus
03-23-2009, 01:06 AM
Man every time I read the thread title in the subforum thing, I think Detroit is in the process of trading the #1

oldandslow
03-30-2009, 12:30 PM
If they do, it probably harms our chances of trading out. Stafford gone, Jason Smith to the Rams - ain't nobody trading up for E. Monroe, imo.

htismaqe
03-30-2009, 12:38 PM
If they do, it probably harms our chances of trading out. Stafford gone, Jason Smith to the Rams - ain't nobody trading up for E. Monroe, imo.

Yeah, Stafford falling probably gives us the best chance at trading out.

EyePod
03-30-2009, 12:39 PM
Let me edit that.... :)

KC gives up #3 (2200)
Jets give up #17 (950), #52 (380) and Gholston (biggest bust in history)

Greg Oden is going to be a bigger bust. Granted, that's a completely different sport....

oldandslow
03-30-2009, 12:46 PM
Yeah, Stafford falling probably gives us the best chance at trading out.

...and then we'll end up taking Curry. Eh....

SNR
03-30-2009, 12:55 PM
...and then we'll end up taking Curry. Eh....At least we won't be drafting him in the top 5, where he doesn't belong.

DrRyan
03-30-2009, 02:06 PM
Let me edit that.... :)

KC gives up #3 (2200)
Jets give up #17 (950), #52 (380) and Gholston (biggest bust in history)

Sarcasm is tough to detect sometimes when written. If not sarcasm, it is a little early to be calling Gholston a bust. He could be good in the Ryan system, or any other system if given the chance to get after the QB. Still to early to tell. But, I think Pioli can work a better deal than that if Stafford is still there.

htismaqe
03-30-2009, 02:11 PM
...and then we'll end up taking Curry. Eh....

Fine with me. Taking him at #10 makes alot more sense than taking him at #3.