The Detroit Lions have very big decisions coming in both free agency and the 2012 NFL Draft. The fact that the Lions are winning has put them in a nice position to grab potential free agents wanting to come to play for a team on the rise. Realistically they are not in a financial position to sign free agents other than their own. The Detroit Lions have multiple unrestricted free agents in very important positions and they have a money problem.
The Detroit Lions can't afford to tie up a lot of money in this free agent class as they have Calvin Johnson becoming a free agent in 2013 and he will break the bank. They have to spend wisely and make shrewd personnel decisions in free agency and the 2012 NFL Draft. There are going to be players that can't be brought back or re-signed simply because the money is not there.
While they are in rough financial shape the overall picture is very positive. There is excitement and expectation but there is no room for the Lions to slide backwards like some teams do after taking an nice step forward. They are an exciting team and with 23 year old Matt Stafford at the helm the future looks very promising.
General Manager Martin Mayhew has publicly stated that it was his first priority to re-sign their own free agents in this off season. It would be hard to see the Lions making much of a splash aside from signing their own in this year's free agency period.
Let's look at what's in store for the Detroit Lions in free agency and the 2012 NFL Draft from a realistic perspective taking into account the potential financial problems and a reasonable look at who they might add in free agency and the 2012 NFL Draft.