Earlier this week the Lions released veteran defensive lineman Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson. Wilkinson spent 3 years in Detroit as the big man on the d-line and has had pretty good seasons. After cutting ties with Wilkinson, the Lions now have an open spot that will need to be filled at starting defensive tackle. As of now, to be second-year player Shaun Cody is the leading candidate to fill in as the new starter.
Last year as a rookie, Shaun Cody was mentored by Big Daddy. Cody had this to say in an article by the Detroit Free Press:
Cody is sort of like a younger version of Big Daddy because of the mentoring. I'd hope that Cody takes this opportunity, and does great things with it. The only other defensive tackles that could fill the spot next to Pro Bowler Shaun Rogers are Marcus Bell and Damian Gregory. Don't forget that reports are Marcus Bell was the squealer on the Lions' "tough" practices. If reports are true expect him to be cut.
Also out of the article and from some rumors that I've been told, apparently the Oakland Raiders are possibly going to release Warren Sapp. Sapp is nearing the end of his career, but he still intimidates quarterbacks everywhere. Just look at the name of his personal website: "QB Killa". If Sapp is released then there would be a good chance the Lions could pick him up as a free agent. Remember, Marinelli was Sapp's defensive line coach while in Tampa Bay, and during their time together, Sapp went to 7 Pro Bowls. It's all just speculation now, but if anything does happen, then Detroit's defensive tackle position just got a lot bigger.