Detroit Lions Cuts: Tracking Players Dropped from 2011 Roster

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Detroit Lions Cuts: Tracking Players Dropped from 2011 Roster
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Dave Rayner, former Detroit Lions kicker, celebrates his game-winning kick with holder Nick Harris.

In 2009, just before the Detroit Lions' first rookie draft under head coach Jim Schwartz, the new Lions skipper said their number one need was "talent." Nearly a decade of Matt Millen drafts, combined with several wholesale system changes, had left the Lions' roster nearly devoid of useful players.

For years, Lions fans could count on any player with a pinch of productivity under his belt, a dash of untapped potential or even a familiar name finding a spot on the Lions' roster. This season, that will be different.

In 2011, the Lions invited more NFL-caliber players into camp than they could offer jobs. For the first time in a long time, good players—players who could help the Lions win this year—will be given a firm handshake and cab fare to the airport.

Yet, other NFL teams might be salivating at the chance to sign some of those very same players. The Lions are finally good enough that their trash can be another team's treasure.

We'll continually update this slideshow with the latest Lions who've had to turn in their playbooks, along with their new team name as they sign elsewhere in the NFL.

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