Detroit Lions: Building a 2013 Free Agent Shopping List Around Projected Cap

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Detroit Lions: Building a 2013 Free Agent Shopping List Around Projected Cap
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The Detroit Lions will find themselves in a tough spot once the offseason begins. Help is needed at many positions on the roster, especially with 20 free agents scheduled to hit free agency for the Lions in 2013. 

The NFL salary cap is set at around $120 million, and the Lions are only 2.5 million under. Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Matthew Stafford fill up around $50 million which puts Detroit in quite a hole financially. 

Looking at the Lions free agents next season, most of them are on the defensive side of the ball, including injury prone safety Louis Delmas. After signing many defensive players to short-term deals, general manager Martin Mayhew will have difficult decisions to make with his pocketbook.

Detroit will do the majority of their spending with their own free agents instead of others around the league. Here are the likely options with the Lions' 2013 free agency. 

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