Should the Lions be active this off-season?

With free agency quickly approaching this week, why shouldn’t the Detroit Lions be active — overly active — in the market?

What head coach Jim Schwartz is looking for is players. He needs to upgrade all over the board, and if a player is available, Schwartz and the Lions need to take a look.

Antonio Cromartie of the Chargers has been in the headlines, and it isn’t hard to speculate that he will be out of a Chargers uniform next season. Cromartie is one of those corners who get mixed reviews when it comes to scouting veteran players. But, if you are the Lions, why not answer the phone if A.J. Smith calls you from San Diego?

Is there a corner in the draft that has the same talent and experience as Cromartie? No, and Detroit needs players now. It isn’t a knock on the organization by any means, but they need to add to that roster, and they need to either create more competition in camp with veteran players or find complete and total replacements for the roster they had in 2009.

Chester Taylor is another name, and outside of Julius Peppers, Taylor might be the top free agent on the open market. With Kevin Smith coming off of a knee injury, the Lions need a feature back that is ready to play and produce come Week One of the 2010 season. Is that Taylor? That depends on how much the Lions are willing to spend and how much they covet a veteran back with low miles who can be counted on in pass protection and showed the accountability as a No. 1 back when given the opportunity.

And, let’s not forget about Thomas Jones, who is expected to be released from the Jets. A running back that produces, and can score in the red zone.

The holdover roster the Lions have right now is not good enough to win in the NFC North. They will have to make changes. I am a big fan of Schwartz, but he needs better players to succeed.

That can start on Friday for Detroit.

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