Last offseason, the Detroit Lions made several key free-agent moves. Two of the more prominent acquisitions, running back Reggie Bush and safety Glover Quin, are pictured here squaring off in a game from September 2012.
They spent 2013 as teammates in Detroit. Fellow free agents Jason Jones, David Akers and C.J. Mosley joined them as newcomers to the Lions signed on the open market before training camp kicked off.
It took some creativity to scrounge up the salary-cap room to make that happen a year ago. It will take even more creativity this year to reel in some bigger free-agent fish.
Currently, Detroit has committed a little over $124.4 million to just 38 players. As Over the Cap breaks out the contracts, there is some potential for creativity.
Here's how the Lions can free up some money to reel in some bigger free-agent catches:
- Reach contract extensions with Ndamukong Suh, Louis Delmas and Nick Fairley
- Renegotiate deals with Nate Burleson and Rob Sims
- Release Ashlee Palmer, Jason Jones, Corey Hilliard and Montell Owens
- For the dramatic move, cut Chris Houston
Depending on the new deals for the players, that could free up quite a bit of cap space.
Given those moves, here are five free agents the Lions could lavish that newfound cash upon.