One Offensive Free Agent Lions Need to Add – Sports Illustrated

Heading into training camp, the Detroit Lions remain an unfinished product.
General manager Brad Holmes made several moves in the offseason to help bolster the talent on his team’s roster heading into the 2022 season. Yet, there are still areas of weakness that the team needs to address if it wants to be competitive.
The wide receiver position was one of great interest heading into the offseason. 
Holmes made several moves to give quarterback Jared Goff options to throw to, namely re-signing Josh Reynolds, adding DJ Chark in free agency and trading up to draft Alabama’s Jameson Williams.
Now, that position is one of little concern. 
However, one area the team could stand to improve upon is the offensive line. There’s little issue with the unit when it comes to the starters, as all five return and with plenty of optimism.
Yet, the issue remains with the team’s depth up-front. 
Behind the starters, there are concerns about what the unit could look like in the event of an injury. Matt Nelson and Evan Brown looked to be capable depth pieces at tackle and center, but the team lacks a proven backup guard.
Quinton Spain is a player who is still available in free agency that could be what the Lions are looking for. At 30 years old, he’s a proven veteran who has started 95 games over eight NFL seasons.
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Spain has spent time with three different teams: Tennessee, Buffalo and Cincinnati. Most recently, he started every game for the Bengals on their run to the Super Bowl. He played every snap of that four-game playoff stretch.
His veteran presence and reliability could make him a perfect fit for what the Lions are trying to build.
He can help mentor the likes of Jonah Jackson and Penei Sewell, as they continue to grow in their professional careers.
By bringing in Spain on a one-year deal, the Lions would create competition within the walls of their offensive line room. 
Tommy Kraemer is looking to prove himself, after playing in nine games, with three starts, last season. There’s also undrafted rookie Kevin Jarvis, who is looking to crack the squad.
Jackson looks the part of a budding star at left guard, while Halapoulivaati Vaitai has been up and down in his two seasons on the right side with the Lions. 
Spain would provide insurance, in the case that either were to struggle.
Adding offensive line depth is the right thing to do for the Lions.
Spain would be someone who could add both experience and talent, giving Detroit another asset.

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