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Free Agents and Draft Picks That Could Fill Detroit's Biggest Needs
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With the 2013 NFL season winding down, it's time to take a look forward at what the Detroit Lions need in the coming offseason.

Hopefully that offseason is not coming before January, but that remains to be seen over the final three games. 

The Lions will have some holes to fill. Between impending free agency of several contributors, a couple of potential retirements and some lingering weak points, there is a lot on general manager Martin Mayhew's plate. 

Detroit does not appear to have much cap room to lure any premium free agents. Per overthecap.com, the Lions have committed just under $124 million in salary-cap space to existing contracts in 2014. 

While the 2014 salary cap has yet to be determined, there is a general presumption the final cap will be close to $125 million. Obviously there will be some flexibility with renegotiated deals and potential cap casualties, but to keep things simple this article will focus on more realistically affordable free agents.

Here are some of the primary anticipated needs facing Detroit this offseason, and some players who could fill those holes.

 

*All free agency and contract information is derived from Spotrac.com

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