Lions offseason recap: Overhauling the roster

The Detroit Lions had a busy offseason when it came to making changes to their roster.

As the Detroit Lions' offseason comes to a close, we're going to take a look back at some of its most notable moments. First up is a recap of the changes the Lions made to their roster.

From a roster standpoint, the Lions had a pretty eventful offseason. After going 4-12 in 2012, the Lions couldn't afford to take things easy, and they now currently have 42 new players on their roster as a result. Many of these guys won't make it through the roster cuts at the end of August, but the point is that the Lions have really overhauled their roster this offseason. Here's how:

Free agency

Signed by Lions

RB Reggie Bush (StoryStream) - Four-year deal worth $16 million
RB Montell Owens - Two-year deal worth $2.5 million
WR Devin Thomas - One-year deal worth $715,000
WR Micheal Spurlock - One-year deal worth $780,000
WR Matt Willis - One-year deal worth $715,000
WR Chaz Schilens - One-year deal
TE Matt Veldman - One-year deal worth $405,000
OG Jake Scott - One-year deal worth $840,000
C Leroy Harris - Two-year deal worth $3 million
DE Jason Jones - Three-year deal worth $9.5 million
DE Israel Idonije - One-year deal worth $905,000
DE Braylon Broughton - One-year deal worth $405,000
DT C.J. Mosley - Two-year deal worth $2.75 million
CB D.J. Johnson - One-year deal worth $715,000
S Glover Quin - Five-year deal worth $23.5 million
S Chris Hope - One-year deal worth $940,000
K David Akers - One-year deal worth $1.005 million
K Havard Rugland - Three-year deal worth $1.485 million
P Blake Clingan - Three-year deal worth $1.485 million

Re-signed by Lions

RB Joique Bell - One-year deal worth $630,000
FB Shaun Chapas - One-year deal worth $555,000
WR Kris Durham - One-year deal worth $555,000
OT Corey Hilliard - Two-year deal worth $2.53 million
OT Jason Fox - One-year deal worth $1.323 million
OG Dylan Gandy - One-year deal worth $905,000
DE Willie Young - One-year deal worth $1.5 million
LB DeAndre Levy - Three-year deal worth $9.75 million
CB Chris Houston (StoryStream) - Five-year deal worth $25 million
S Louis Delmas (StoryStream) - Two-year deal worth $9.465 million
S Amari Spievey - One-year deal worth $630,000
S Ricardo Silva - One-year deal worth $555,000
LS Don Muhlbach - One-year deal worth $905,000

Signed to futures deal by Lions

RB Devin Moore - Two-year deal worth $1.05 million (Later released)
WR Patrick Edwards - Two-year deal worth $900,000
WR Troy Burrell - Two-year deal worth $900,000 (Later released)
WR Lance Long - Two-year deal worth $1.05 million (Later released)
WR Terrence Austin - Two-year deal worth $1.2 million
WR Chastin West - Two-year deal worth $1.05 million (Later released)
TE Dominique Curry - Two-year deal worth $1.2 million (Later released)
TE Nathan Overbay - Two-year deal worth $1.05 million (Later released)
OG Rodney Austin - Two-year deal worth $900,000
LB Carmen Messina - Two-year deal worth $903,333
CB Lionel Smith - Two-year deal worth $900,000 (Later released)
CB Conroy Black - Two-year deal worth $900,000 (Later released)
CB Ross Weaver - Two-year deal worth $900,000

Signed by other team

WR Kassim Osgood - 49ers (one-year deal worth $940,000)
OT Gosder Cherilus - Colts (five-year deal worth $34.5 million)
DE Cliff Avril (StoryStream) - Seahawks (two-year deal worth $13 million)
DE Lawrence Jackson - Vikings (one-year deal worth $780,000)
DT Sammie Hill (StoryStream) - Titans (three-year deal worth $11.4 million)
DT Andre Fluellen - Bears (one-year deal worth $715,000)
LB Justin Durant - Cowboys (two-year deal worth $2.365 million)
CB Drayton Florence - Panthers (one-year deal worth $1.005 million)
CB Jacob Lacey - Vikings (one-year deal worth $780,000)

Released by Lions

QB Alex Carder - May 29
RB Devin Moore - May 14
RB Jahvid Best - July 17
WR Titus Young - Feb. 4
WR Chastin West - May 28
WR Troy Burrell - June 4
WR Lance Long - June 5
WR Brian Robiskie - June 24
TE Nathan Overbay - June 4
TE Dominique Curry - June 17
OG Stephen Peterman - Feb. 5
C Skyler Allen - May 13
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch - Feb. 5
DE Braylon Broughton - May 23 (Later re-signed)
DE Robert Maci - June 5
DE Freddie Bishop - June 26
DT Michael Brooks - May 28
CB Lionel Smith - June 3
CB Conroy Black - May 16

Not re-signed by Lions

RB Kevin Smith
RB Stefan Logan
RB Jerome Harrison
TE Will Heller
DT Corey Williams
CB Pat Lee
P Nick Harris

Waiver wire

Claimed by Lions

QB Thaddeus Lewis - May 28
OG Derek Hardman - May 3
DE Braylon Broughton - May 21 (Later released and later re-signed)
LB Cory Greenwood - May 3
CB DeQuan Menzie - May 16


Retired from NFL

OT Jeff Backus (StoryStream) - March 14
K Jason Hanson - April 4

The draft

Drafted by Lions

DE Ziggy Ansah (BYU) - Round 1, Pick No. 5 (5)
CB Darius Slay (Mississippi State) - Round 2, Pick No. 4 (36)
OG Larry Warford (Kentucky) - Round 3, Pick No. 3 (65)
DE Devin Taylor (South Carolina) - Round 4, Pick No. 35 (132)
P Sam Martin (Appalachian State) - Round 5 (from SEA), Pick No. 32 (165)
WR Corey Fuller (Virginia Tech) - Round 6, Pick No. 3 (171)
RB Theo Riddick (Notre Dame) - Round 6 (from SEA), Pick No. 31 (199)
TE Michael Williams (Alabama) - Round 7, Pick No. 5 (211)
LB Brandon Hepburn (Florida A&M) - Round 7, Pick No. 39 (245)

Undrafted free agents signed by Lions

QB Alex Carder - May 3 (Later released)
RB Steven Miller - May 2
WR Cody Wilson - May 3
TE Joseph Fauria - May 2
OT Austin Holtz - May 2
OT LaAdrian Waddle - May 2
OG Darren Keyton - May 13
C Skyler Allen - May 2 (Later released)
DE Freddie Bishop - May 14 (Later released)
DE Robert Maci - May 28 (Later released)
DE Spencer Nealy - May 28
DT Michael Brooks - May 2 (Later released)
LB Alex Elkins - May 3
LB Jon Morgan - May 3
S Martavius Neloms - May 3

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