After finishing 4-12, the Detroit Lions have a tumultuous offseason ahead of them. They have over 20 players who will be free agents, many of whom won't return.
The Lions have a good core of players, but they need to upgrade the talent surrounding them. If they fail to do so, they'll find themselves at home evaluating top draft prospects again this time next year.
That's why this is the most important off-season of the Martin Mayhew/Jim Schwartz era. If they want to build a consistent winner they need to improve their depth across the board.
The draft is obviously a big part of their plan but, given the number of players they could be losing, the Lions are going to have to be active in free agency as well.
I'm not talking about scraping the bottom of the barrel for throw-away players that no one else wants either. Mayhew tried it that way and look where it got him.
The Lions will need to take a look at some marquee FAs to replace some of their top players.
Here are the best free agent fits, per position, for the Lions: