With the kind of situation the Detroit Lions are in right now, every move in the offseason needs to be cost-effective.
But ultimately, the Lions need only be cost-effective in some areas so they can spend it in others.
This article is not going to be about that.
In fact, if the Lions do everything in this article, they'll be in big trouble in 2013; if it's possible for them to step back further than they did in 2012 (those of you who remember five years ago know it is).
So don't think of this as a roadmap to the 2013 offseason. It's more of a way for the Lions to save money in key areas without taking too much of a step back in talent in different areas of the team. But that is going to involve a lot of letting valuable veterans leave, and the Lions can't do that to everyone.
That would be akin to blowing up a big part of the operation, and the Lions are at least one more disappointing season from that point. Instead, these are some ideas of where the Lions can save some money, so they can spend it elsewhere to keep the valuable parts of the core together.