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Donnie Abraham signed a 6 yr $18M contract with the New York Jets earlier today - $5M was guarenteed, according to ESPN.com. Abraham was the best Cornerback out on the free market, and may hoped the Lions could land him, but it wasn't meant to be. Not too many top calibre talents are willing to come to a 2-14 team, but I was hoping our new facilities could sway some FA's our way. It didn't matter since we don't ave the cap space available, James Stewart and Luther Elliss are both reluctant to restructure their contracts, and I can't say I blame them. It is one thing to take a pay cut to stay on a good team, but hell if I'm gonna take a cut to stay with the Lions.

As good as Kalimba Edwards could turn out to be, I think the prudent pick in the second round would have been Quentin Portis. This would have in the very least given us leverage with Stewart, and would have given us the option to release him outright. Now he knows we have little options available and will be able to drive a harder bargain.

On a side note - ESPN has Ruben Droughns signed with the Broncos this off-season, the thing is I don't remember hearing anything about this. Furthermore with Irvin not being resigned is Warren and Stewart our only running backs heading into this season?? And why does Denver need so many RBs with Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Ruben Droughns and draftee Clinton Portis??

Was Droughns in Oregon when Harrington was QB?

I guess we willall have to wait around until June 1st to see who becomes available.

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Gotta think someone is going to get released out of that Broncos group,any one of which would be an upgrade(except for Droughns of course)over our current backup group.

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The Lions really don't have a crying need at RB. Especially one that would cause them to pass over a top DE prospect. If Staley is healthy, I think the Lions could go into camp with what they have. This is the tough part about building a team. You can't make every position "perfect". You have to do your best to upgrade, and the Lions are also working on fixing their cap.

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I was reading one of the local papers today and it said that Matt Millen thought he had an agreement with Donnie Abraham before the draft, but he pulled a David Wells and signed with New York.

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