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    Matt Millen get one right?

    From Jeremy Green on my espn insider account.. Funny How he thinks picking Calvin Johnson by Detroit is a possibility. Cant believe Im saying this but I agree.They should pick CJ

    Thursday, March 1, 2007
    GM Millen finally gets one right

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    For potentially the first time since taking over as general manager of the Detroit Lions, Matt Millen will be getting the last laugh this week. Millen's tenure has been filled with bad draft choices and poor decisions, but when he was able to trade cornerback Dré Bly to the Denver Broncos, he pulled off one of the biggest moves in his time as GM.


    BellThe Lions agreed Thursday to trade Bly for offensive tackle George Foster, RB Tatum Bell and a fifth-round draft choice in this year's draft. In making the deal, the Lions gave themselves a lot more options this offseason. Foster has started 45 games over the past three seasons. Bell rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season while splitting time with undrafted free agent Mike Bell and has averaged 4.9 yards per carry over his career. He has the big-time speed that can be a huge asset on the turf at Ford Field.
    The Lions accomplished two things with this move. First, they added some insurance should starting RB Kevin Jones not return to 100 percent after offseason foot surgery. Should Jones come back healthy, Bell still gives them a different look with his speed and would be an excellent change-of-pace back.

    Second, the acquisition of Foster gives them more flexibility on draft day. It has been widely assumed the Lions will take Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas with the second overall selection in the draft. In doing so, the thinking is, the team would move veteran Jeff Backus, who signed a lucrative extension last season, to the right tackle spot and install Thomas at left tackle. The Lions still might take Thomas, but tackle is no longer a need position. Adding Foster means the Lions can take the best available player at No. 2, which might be Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson.

    Mike Martz is one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL, and it's scary to think what he could cook up with receivers Roy Williams and the rookie Johnson and a healthy Jones and Bell coming out of the backfield. QB Jon Kitna would have plenty of time to get the ball to his playmakers with his blindside being protected by Backus and his front-side by Foster.



    BlyThe fact Detroit got the better of this deal does not mean Denver did not get a good football player. Bly is a good football player, but he is not a "great" one.
    With the tragic loss of starting corner Darrent Williams this offseason, Denver clearly had a void to fill. The question however is at what cost? Sure, Bly has been to two Pro Bowls in his career and won a Super Bowl with the Rams, but he is still undersized, not very physical and has questionable durability. He gives up a lot of big plays and will clearly be the man under attack playing opposite of the league's best corners in Champ Bailey.

    Both teams filled holes with this move. However, Detroit got the best of it. The Lions were able to get two starters and a draft pick for a player they had no intention of keeping. It has not been said often, but Millen is 1-0 to start the 2007 offseason.




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    I completely disagree. They already have a great #1 WR in Roy Williams and a pretty good #2 one in Mike Furrey. They are fine in that area, no matter how good Calvin Johnson is.

    Fact is, you do not need a great WR corp to win in this league. The Patriots showed us that this year, just like the Arizona Cardinals showed everbody you need a lot more than WR's to win and have a good offense.

    The Lions should pick either Joe Thomas, if they think he's a franchise LT, or Brady Quinn if they think he's a franchise QB.

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    Getting Foster was good but I think he got fooled by Bell's inflated production. He won't be as good in Detroit like he was in Denver, and although they were really just looking for a way to shop Dre Bly since he didnt really fit their scheme anymore, I still think the Broncos got a great deal considering their history with turning chumps into productive backs.

    In the end the Broncos will have the best defensive backfield in the NFL.

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    Matt Millen couldnt get the better of a paper bag in a trade. Worst F.O. in football without doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWeaverFan
    I completely disagree. They already have a great #1 WR in Roy Williams and a pretty good #2 one in Mike Furrey. They are fine in that area, no matter how good Calvin Johnson is.

    Fact is, you do not need a great WR corp to win in this league. The Patriots showed us that this year, just like the Arizona Cardinals showed everbody you need a lot more than WR's to win and have a good offense.

    The Lions should pick either Joe Thomas, if they think he's a franchise LT, or Brady Quinn if they think he's a franchise QB.
    It also seems they are the favorites to sign Kevin Curtis. But if they don't I think Calvin Johnson does make some sense.

    I do think the trade changes things for the Lions. I think now there best move would be to trade down with Arizona, who has a need for an LT like Thomas, and get one of the top defensive players in the draft at 5, while picking up some extra pick(s).

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