So I was knocked out of commission this week by the most evil flu strain I've ever encountered.

Did I miss anything?

Just a bit, huh? Well let me, in my still-groggy state, chime in on a couple of issues.

First of all, great work by Lions president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew. When Lewand said the team would be "selectively aggressive" during free agency, he was expecting to be able to work a contract negotiation with quarterback Matthew Stafford to free up salary cap space.

When that didn't happen, Lewand already had a backup plan, which was to do a simple restructure of Ndamukong Suh's contract. That saved the team less than $8 million, where a Stafford extension would have been $10 million at least.

Yet, by front-loading the contracts, he was able to fit their four free-agent targets under the cap.

Chris Houston (five years, $25 million) counts $2.3 million on the cap this season.

Reggie Bush (four years, $16 million) counts $2 million on the cap this season.

Glover Quin (five years, $23.5 million) counts $2.03 on the cap this season.

Jason Jones (three years, $9.5 million) counts less than $1.8 million on the cap this season.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130316/OPINION03/303160358#ixzz2NuDSbLhG