Finally, we can end this chapter: the 2011 NFL non-offseason.
If you believe what you read, you know that the 2011-2012 NFL season is upon us.
In a matter of days, team facilities will come available to players, draft picks will meet with coaches and the free-agency market will open like a New Jersey Walmart on Black Friday (hopefully without the fatal trampling injuries, though there might be a lot of traffic to Nnamdi Asomugha's house).
The Detroit Lions will be as anxious as any to jump into free agency, but there's an important point being overlooked here.
Free agency and training camp are going to be as much about losing players as they are about signing them.
Some of the players in question will be going from RFAs to UFAs under the new agreement. Some have fallen out of favor with the Lions. Some will be cut after a poor training camp.
Whatever the reason, these eight players have good reason to be concerned about their futures with the Lions.