Detroit Lions’ general manager, Brad Holmes, is known for his relentless pursuit of talent. As free agency began, Holmes had his sights set on defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson. His determination to sign Gardner-Johnson led to frequent phone calls with the player’s agent, Kevin Conner.
Although Holmes initially believed Gardner-Johnson would be out of reach financially, the defensive back’s contract demands became more reasonable as free agency progressed. The persistent phone calls paid off as the two parties agreed on a one-year deal worth up to $8 million.
An Exciting Addition to the Lions’ Defense
The signing of Gardner-Johnson is a major win for the Detroit Lions, as he is expected to greatly enhance the team’s defensive capabilities. With experience in both safety and slot cornerback positions, Gardner-Johnson fits seamlessly into the Lions’ defensive strategy.
The Lions have also added Cam Sutton and Emanuel Moseley in free agency to reinforce their secondary. Holmes expressed his excitement about Sutton, a versatile and gritty football player, who signed a three-year, $33 million deal.
Moseley: A High-Potential Bargain
Emanuel Moseley, who signed a one-year deal, brings versatility to the team, capable of playing both outside and inside positions. Had Moseley not suffered an ACL injury last season, Holmes admits the Lions may not have been able to afford him.
Creating a Winning Culture
With the addition of Gardner-Johnson, Sutton, and Moseley, the Lions are assembling a group of players who are “the right fit” for the team. Moreover, Holmes emphasizes the importance of doing thorough research on potential players and ensuring they meet the team’s standards in terms of intangibles and character.
With these new acquisitions, the Detroit Lions aim to create a winning culture by bringing in players who are not only talented on the field, but also possess the right mentality and work ethic off the field.
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