Detroit Lions: 5 Lion Veterans You Can't Kick to the Curb Just Yet

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Detroit Lions: 5 Lion Veterans You Can't Kick to the Curb Just Yet
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There are five Detroit Lions veterans that many would like to have replaced, but at the moment, they probably will have a large impact on the team’s success or failure in 2012.

Everybody loves potential. It’s intoxicating to project the success of young players based on their collegiate resumes. But, even great college players can be huge busts at the professional level.

Anybody out there still have Ryan Leaf in their keeper league?

In the salary cap era, every NFL team has problem spots, positions that both the fanbase and coaching staff realize are not the strength of their team. That’s why we love the untapped potential of young players with manageable contracts.

Whether it’s ability, professionalism or simply lack of depth, all 32 teams can point to slots on the roster that force coaches to devise schemes to mask the obvious deficiencies.

The Lions are no different. For every Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson who instills a Zen-like calm to a glance of the roster, there is another player that gives you a queasy feeling that a mental or physical gaff is imminent.

Following are five veterans that although you may not love them, you can’t pack their bags quite yet because they will play a major role for the Lions in 2012. Here is the first offseason edition of The Van Etten V…

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