NFC North offseasons ranked from worst to best

  • Which NFC North team had the best offseason?
  • Packers traded Aaron Rodgers
  • Lions, Bears make significant improvements
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2. Detroit Lions

Key additions: C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Cameron Sutton, Jahmyr Gibbs, Jack Campbell, Emmanuel Moseley, Sam LaPorta, Brian Branch, David Montgomery, Marvin Jones, Graham Glasgow

Key losses: D'Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams, D.J. Chark

Best offseason move: Signing C.J. Gardner-Johnson

After finishing the 2022 season positively, the Lions were expected to make a significant push in the offseason to take the next step. And they did exactly that.

Detroit made some big swings in free agency, revamping the secondary with the additions of C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Cameron Sutton, and Emmanuel Moseley. The Lions then drafted Brian Branch in the second round, a player many believed would go on Day 1.

Bringing back Marvin Jones is an underrated move, while Sam LaPorta can become an excellent starter in the next couple of years.

The Lions missed out on the perfect offseason in the opening two nights of the draft.

There's no doubt that Jahmyr Gibbs and Jack Campbell can become fantastic players, but drafting a running back and off-ball linebacker with two high first-round picks was a head-scratcher. Detroit opted against adding a player at a premium position like edge rusher or cornerback.

Still, the Lions strengthened on both sides of the ball and should enter the season as NFC North favorites.