The Detroit Lions have a multitude of difficult decisions to make this offseason. Detroit's focus remains on retaining the services of Cliff Avril, Stephen Tulloch, Jeff Backus, and Eric Wright, but the front office brass is also setting their sights on the cap casualties of other teams in the NFL.
Vincent Frank of fantasyknuckleheads.com has an intriguing, well thought out series in which he's examining potential players who may fall victim to release as a result of the salary cap. The following players are potential bargains for the Lions pending the inability to land one or two of their primary free agent targets.
Howard is an intriguing player. After spending five seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Howard started 15 games last season for the surging Bengals. With Dontay Moch and Manny Lawson, the Bengals may not be able to afford Howard's services. Howard had 64 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and a sack last season in a starting role. Howard may command more money than the Lions have to offer, but he would provide depth at a position of need.
Brackett is another player that could provide experience and depth. The Colts are likely switching to a 3-4 scheme, and Brackett is a 4-3 LB. According to Frank, Brackett will be a $7 million cap hit, so the likelihood he's released is strong.
Three 1st Round "Busts" that have potential to be released
I don't see Jackson being released, but Monroe could be an option. I think most of us would prefer the Lions draft young lineman, but Monroe is still young (25 on opening day), and could be a sneaky bargain pickup if released.
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By: Dustin J Quarrella