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Not all hope is lost for the Detroit Lions. But there are certainly some troubling indicators.
The roster could fall victim to the old rookie salary scale as Ndamukong Suh, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford all make ridiculous money by virtue of being high draft picks.
Johnson has certainly lived up to his new contract, yet giving raises to Suh and Stafford is a scary proposition, especially with the way the quarterback and once-thought-to-be-a-defensive-cornerstone defensive tackle are playing and acting.
The Lions are facing an offseason with 25 free agents and these cap-killing contracts. Throw in a discipline problem, a not-as-steady-as-originally-thought coaching staff and a double-digit loss season, and Detroit could be in serious trouble.