Lions Don't Sleep Tonight

The Lions continue to use the same old, same old approach when it comes to trying to be the king of the NFC North -- spend free-agent money to improve their secondary.

The Lions continued a longstanding pattern of building a secondary by paying for it -- and paying big-time -- punctuated by the signing of CB R.W. McQuarters to a one-year deal.

McQuarters is reunited with former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci, but it extends a trend that has become troubling to some. This year, the Lions used considerable free-agent money to sign safety Kenoy Kennedy. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2004, the Lions ponied up the cash for CB Fernando Bryant and safety Brock Marion -- not to mention using a third-round draft pick at cornerback. In 2003, the Lions broke the bank to get Dre Bly -- whom they were convinced was going to sign with the Vikings -- and CB Dainon Sydney.

In 2002, Detroit began setting the stage. That year, not only did they sign veteran safeties Bracy Walker and Brian Walker and CB Doug Evans in free agency, they used their third-round draft pick on Andre Goodman.

The Packers have used the rule of drafting early to get cornerback help. When it came to the Vikings and Randy Moss, the Bears had the motto of double-team all the time. The Lions have spent money. Nothing seems to have changed.

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