Column: Lions still treading water; sign Bryson

(ALLEN PARK) The Detroit Lions have come to terms with running back Shawn Bryson on a two-year contract worth $2 million with a $650,000 bonus in an attempt to bolster their running back corps. This is not, however, the kind of move that inspires confidence in a team that won just five games last season (10 in three seasons) and that promised to be "patiently agressive" (whatever that means) in free agency.

(ALLEN PARK) The Detroit Lions have come to terms with running back Shawn Bryson on a two-year contract worth $2 million with a $650,000 bonus in an attempt to bolster their running back corps.

This is not, however, the kind of move that inspires confidence in a team that won just five games last season (10 in three seasons) and that promised to be "patiently agressive" (whatever that means) in free agency.

Detroit has seen a parade of solid veteran free agent players visit their Allen Park headquarters but then leave with no contracts being signed. A team with as many holes as Detroit has needs to stop being patiently agressive and just be plain agressive.

The Lions could have upgraded the running back corps by signing Amos Zereoue of West Virginia. Zereoue has speed and the abilty to catch the ball out of the backfield, but instead, elected to go with the cheaper solution, resigning Bryson.

Detroit still needs a solid right guard to fill their offensive line. They entertained Kelvin Garmon, a strong run blocker from the San Diego Chargers, but after giving him a lowball offer, he elected to sign with Cleveland.

Cosey Coleman, a solid guard re-signed today with Tampa Bay. For some reason, Detroit even entertained journeyman David Loverne of the St. Louis Rams.

The Lions shouldn't try to fool the fans or even themselves into thinking they've significantly improved the team. True new guard Damien Woody will help strengthen the line, but he can't play both guard positions. Fernando Bryant is a solid, but not spectacular corner. Tai Streets gives the Lions a proven chain mover in the receiving corps if he can stay healthy.

But until they plug holes at the weak side linebacker, running back, tight end and left guard position, this team is going nowhere fast. Detroit started free agency nearly $20 million under the cap and even with the signing of Woody, Bryant and Streets have plenty more where that came from.

What are they saving it for?

There's a time for patience.

That was over after a third consecutive losing season. Now it's time to get agressive.

It's time to win.

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