Here’s a link ranking the Lions 17 free agents that are about to test free agency. Let’s take a moment and discuss each one.
BQ is a firm believer in turning over 30% of his roster each season. So it’s a safe bet that the Lions will see approximately 16 new faces on their final 53 man roster. So I do not expect many of these 17 players to return.
WR - Amendola and Kearse are both likely gone but I’d like to see the Lions bring both back. AD was the much needed possession WR that the Lions offense greatly needed. Kearse being quality depth. I doubt both are back and with a deep WR class it’s possible the Lions could look to the draft.
OL - Benenoch, Aboushi, Wiggins and Glasgow are all free agents. Rumor is the Lions plan to move on from Starter GG. Personally I think the Lions are going to overhaul this group and it’s highly possible none are back. I suspect the Lions want to upgrade from GG and will look to FA to do so. My guess is either Wiggins or Aboushi are back and the Lions will add a later round pick to the mix. Ultimately I’m expecting a lot of changes to our interior OL.
DT - A’Shawn, Daniels and Meder are all free agents. I think the Lions will be overhauling their DT Group this offseason. My guess is that none of these players will be back. I’m expecting the Lions to be aggressive in FA to land a quality DT. I also think we will look to the draft early to add depth. I won’t be shocked if we go DT with one of our top draft picks.
LS - Don Muhlbach - I highly expect him to return.
P - Sam Martin - It appears the Lions are looking to get cheaper at punter.
S - Wilson and Killebrew - I think both could be back. I also think our new DC could look to add a few familiar faces he know and this is where I think he may look to do so.
CB - Melvin - I doubt he’s back and I suspect the Lions will be adding a few new bodies to our CB rotation. I expect us to be aggressive in FA at CB.
RB - JD McKissic - The Lions need a pass catching RB so it’s possible we will bring him back. However I think the Lions will look to upgrade. I wouldn’t be shocked if we target a more complete RB in FA or the draft.
TE - Logan Thomas - I suspect that Thomas is gone and that Nauta will duke it out with some cheap young depth for the final roster spot.
QB - Jeff Driskel - I think the Lions want to find a better back up QB option but I doubt we want to pay top dollar for one. I suspect we will continue to look for a cheap option.
So what do you think the Lions will do?