Detroit did a great job in the 2011 NFL off-season, signing free-agents Justin Durant and Stephen Tulloch. Both have made a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball for Detroit. Tulloch signed a one-year deal, so he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2012. DeAndre Levy is a restricted free agent next year as well, and he should command big bucks due to his breakout year.
Other 2012 free agents for Detroit include: offensive tackle Jeff Backus; quarterbacks Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton; Stefan Logan; running backs Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith; defensive end Cliff Avril; and recently acquired Chris Harris (safety) and Leonard Davis (guard).
There are many big names that will be free agents in 2012 (if they don't get signed by then), such as Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Arian Foster, Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, Mario Williams and a slew of other play-makers. Detroit, however, will most likely try and land a few solid starters instead of these big fish.
The Lions will have many holes to fill, and the 2012 NFL draft will only answer some of these problems. Here are 10 free-agents who could sign with Detroit and have an instant impact in 2012.