As it stands now, the Detroit Lions are in serious salary-cap trouble. Per OverTheCap, the Lions have over $131 million committed to 52 players currently on the 2014 roster, while the cap is projected to be around $126 million.
Some of the overage will be remedied with a contract extension to Ndamukong Suh. A potential contract restructure for Calvin Johnson would also free up quite a bit of immediate cash.
Another way to free up much-needed cap space is to cut overpaid veterans.
With a new coaching staff in place, these moves are easier to validate than normal. Jim Caldwell and his staff are not the guys who helped bring these players to Detroit; they don't have the attachment to their results on the field.
Here are five current Lions who could soon be ex-Lions in the name of salary-cap compliance.