Cutting Loose: Five Big Names the Detroit Lions Could Send Packing
The NFL Draft is over.
With a new rookie class in place and plenty of free agents still on the market, it's time for Detroit to make some cuts.
But who should be cut? And, why?
Some could be cut for financial reasons, while others simply do not reserve a roster spot.
Here are five Lions who shouldn't be on the team in 2010, enjoy.
1. Dennis Northcutt/WR
When asked which Lion should be cut first, many Detroit fans would say, Dennis Northcutt.
Acquired in a trade with Jacksonville before the 2009 season, Northcutt has done nothing but prove that he is overpaid.
With the addition of free agent Nate Burleson, earlier this year, and the likes of Derrick Williams, Mike Moore, and Tim Toone waiting as potential replacements, Northcutt is expendable.
2. Bryant Johnson/WR
See Dennis Northcutt. The same reasons apply to Bryant.
Although Bryant, a former first round pick, still holds some potential, he has yet to live up to expectations in Arizona, San Francisco, and now Detroit.
His lack of production and inflated contract will likely be his demise.
3. Maurice Morris/RB
With Jahvid Best on the roster and Kevin Smith healing faster then expected, Morris won't be in Detroit much longer.
With a surplus of running backs, including DeDe Dorsey and Aaron Brown, the Lions can't afford to overpay for Morris.
In a scenario where Smith or Dorsey backs up Best, and Brown is used as a situational player (like Reggie Bush,) Morris won't even see the field.
4. Drew Stanton/QB
Now the third-string QB in Detroit, Stanton's days as a Lion could soon be over.
With the number of quality QBs on other NFL rosters, Stanton is easily replaceable.
It's time to part ways with another Matt Millen draft pick.
5. Jason Hanson/K
Hanson faces a situation similar to what Matt Stover faced last year in Baltimore.
Drafted by the Lions in 1992, Hanson is a well-known Lion who has put in many years of service in Detroit.
But it could be time for the Lions to move on.
While I personally still like Hanson, there are a number of younger guys who could be brought in to compete for his job.
Though the possibility is unlikely, Hanson still makes the top five.
Any other players you feel will be cut?