The Detroit Lions may not be in quite as bad a salary cap situation as some teams, but they are unique in that they have both salary cap concerns, and concerns about a sheer plethora of free agents.
The Lions are losing a bunch of players to free agency, and it's difficult to say which of them they'll move to keep and which they'll try to replace.
Of course, that won't stop me from trying.
Of course, the big problem here is that it's impossible to tell which bottom-tier free agents the Lions might be interested in signing to one-year deals for depth purposes, and that is likely to be a major part of what the Lions do in free agency.
But even in 2012, when the Lions were total non-players in free agency, they managed to sign Stephen Tulloch to a long-term deal. This year, they have much more to fix and not an awful lot of money to do it. It's going to be difficult, and it's likely going to require more salary cap space than the Lions currently have.
Therefore, any contracts predicted herein will consist of at least two years or more and will assume that the Lions are able to find more money under the salary cap, be that by restructuring, cuts or whatever else they need to do.
With that all out of the way, here are the most likely free-agent targets for Detroit from both on and off the 2012 Lions squad. And just to start off, we can go ahead and strike Gosder Cherilus off that list with the recent re-signing of Corey Hilliard.