In an hour-long teleconference with season-ticket holders, Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand said that Detroit was unlikely to make many headline-grabbing free agent signings this off-season.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Lewand said,
I don’t foresee us being in a position to go out and make a lot of aggressive, quote-unquote, marquee free-agent moves. That’s not what we’ve ever been about.
Lewand went on to discuss the last big free agent moves the Lions made, in 2010 when they signed Kyle Vanden Bosch and Nate Burleson. He noted that both players have been valuable to the Lions' resurgence, but quickly tempered expectations that more top-flight free agents were on the way.
But we’re in a different stage right now. We’ve got to focus on keeping the nucleus of players together that we have, and we’ve got a few of our own free agents out there that are challenges for us that we’d like to have back.
The Lions finished the 2011 regular season 10-6, second only to Green Bay in the NFC North.