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  • steel man
    started a topic Lions cut loose former starting running back Jones

    Lions cut loose former starting running back Jones

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3291948

  • Iamcanadian
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    Like all poor GM's in the league and Matt Millen is the worst, he has simply run out of cap money by overpaying average players and has little room to maneuver.

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  • Geo
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    Millen wasn't ever going to take an OT in the first round imo, as much as he needs to and the intelligent fans want him to. He drafted Backus in the first round, he gave Backus his huge contract, and he's going to think he's okay at LT. One only wonders how Marinelli really feels, but he has to make the best of the situation and existing contracts.

    That said, if the Lions could get a 1st round pick for Roy Williams from either the Eagles or the Cowboys, then they could probably get Stewart later although it's a calculated risk. I'm not sure the Cowboys have the cap space to sign Williams long-term now though.

    But really, the Lions need Roy Williams now. They need to score as many points possible, with their overhaul on defense. They can franchise him next year in an effort to tag and trade him.
    Last edited by Geo; 03-13-2008, 10:23 PM.

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  • Xiomera
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    I am still in total disbelief and a state of confusion.

    The entire offseason we have been gearing up for a big commitment to the run game for next season.

    So far we have:
    1) Not re-signed Duckett
    2) Release KJ
    3) Signed Tatum Bell?????? (WTF!?)
    4) Not addressed the offensive line in any way, shape, or form.

    We have one first round pick to use on RB and OT . . . Millen must have failed kindergarten math along with everything else in his life.

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  • Geo
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    1. They didn't sign Julius Jones, and they released Kevin Jones. So it seems rather stupid, or at least painfully redundant and pointless, to point out that they would have released Kevin Jones had Julius Jones been signed long-term.

    2. And so was Tatum Bell only signing a one year deal, if not even more obvious.

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  • toonsterwu
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    Had they signed Julius, Kevin would've been gone.
    The fact that Julius signed with Seattle last week was also another telling sign they'd go RB.
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    Um, that was two separate thoughts. The first referencing the fact that I wasn't shocked by the move, although mildy surprised at the timing. I probably should've added an anyways at the end, but I forgot.

    The 2nd in reference to that the idea that they were going RB has been around since the end of the year, and that recent moves suggested that this was happening.

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  • treefi
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    "Kevin Jones will explode wherever he goes and be a top 10 back in the league." - treefi

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  • Geo
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    Originally posted by toonsterwu View Post
    Now, am I a bit surprised they cut him? Somewhat. The only reason I can think they'd be open to it is if they like both Mendenhall and Stewart equally. They put themselves at risk for another team moving up.
    Plus he had a base salary of $2.37M for this year, he's just not worth it. The rookie deserves touches anyways, plus Calhoun needs some touches if the Lions are going to find out anything about him. I've been saying for some time that I thought Millen would take a runningback at #16, my guess being the midwest Big Ten back in Mendenhall if given the preference.

    Had they signed Julius, Kevin would've been gone. The fact that Julius signed with Seattle last week was also another telling sign they'd go RB.
    They released KJ without signing Jones anyways, I'm not sure what the point of that note is.

    Who knows, maybe he gets healthy once he leaves Motown.
    I doubt it, personally. His best chance is as a #2 back I suppose, but I'd rather have someone like Sammy Morris.

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  • d34ng3l021
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    Originally posted by Twiddler View Post
    So? How was it relevant to the thread? All it remains to be is some random guy bringing up the Bears RB situation because a Bears fan made a comment about the Lions RB situation. If he had been Chiefs_fan51 it NEVER would have happened. That's my point, its just some guy trying to raise an argument.

    And about Kevin Jones being cut, its a shock I guess. But I guess I can understand. My only problem with it is it really puts the spotlight on them likely drafting a RB in the first round.
    My bad. I thought the guy was just pointing it out. I saw another post of his, and he is a dumbass.

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  • BamaFalcon59
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    Kevin Jones only had three games last year with over twenty carries (23, 20, 23) and in each game he had his most success (105 rushing yards, 93 rushing yards, 92 rushing yards). He had two more games with at least fifteen carries (15, 17), and he did well in those as well (76 yards, 71 yards). When he was under fifteen carries his yard per carry dropped a lot. 2006 was much the same story, 6 games with 15 or more carries (17, 19, 23, 15, 26, 19) and generally good production (81, 93, 127, 86, 110, 56). I think, if used correctly, he can be a very good back. He just needs to get a good amount of touches in the passing game and the rushing game. He has ideal size (5'11"/ 6'0" 230 pounds) and very good speed 4.45?) along with good receiving ability and a tough running style.

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  • VoteLynnSwan
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    Apparently the Lion's GM was at Illinois' pro day to scout Mendenhall... not good... Detroit is where great talent goes to die.

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  • XxXdragonXxX
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    Sweet, another RB for the Seahawks to sign.

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  • The Legend
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    if hes clear to play he could be a good back up for Willis McGahee

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  • 619
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    I'd say Mendenhall is as close to a lock for this pick as any though a surprise team like Carolina or Chicago is not out of the question yet.

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  • Thunder&Lightning
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    very suprised here. Good for them though gettting rid of the past starting over. Deff. going to draft a RB now and i gotta say its not a bad year to do it too. Hopefully Jones can find somewhere to go that he can play but hes a talented kid.

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