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Where the Lions roster stands: Offense

An overview of the Detroit Lions roster with a focus on the offense.


Now that the 2012 season is officially over, the time has come to fully shift into offseason mode. We've spent the last month or so reviewing the 2012 season, but now we will begin to focus on the offseason. To do that, we'll analyze the roster in the coming weeks on a position-by-position basis to establish what the Detroit Lions have and what needs exist.

Before we jump into this series, we first need to take a general look at the roster. Which players are under contract and for how long? And which players are set to become free agents? Starting with the offense, you can find all of that information below. (For salary information, check out the Free Press' excellent cap breakdown.)

Note: UFA = unrestricted free agent, RFA = restricted free agent and ERFA = exclusive-rights free agent.


Under contract: Matthew Stafford (through 2014 + club option for 2015), Shaun Hill (through 2013), Kellen Moore (through 2014)

Free agents: None

Running back

Under contract: Mikel Leshoure (through 2014), Jahvid Best (through 2014), Devin Moore (through 2014)

Free agents: Joique Bell (ERFA), Kevin Smith (UFA), Stefan Logan (UFA), Jerome Harrison (UFA)


Under contract: None

Free agents: Shaun Chapas (ERFA)

Wide receiver

Under contract: Calvin Johnson (through 2019), Nate Burleson (through 2014), Ryan Broyles (through 2015), Mike Thomas (through 2015), Brian Robiskie (through 2013), Devin Thomas (through 2013), Troy Burrell (through 2014), Patrick Edwards (through 2014), Dominique Curry (through 2014), Lance Long (through 2014), Terrence Austin (through 2014), Chastin West (through 2014)

Free agents: Kris Durham (ERFA), Kassim Osgood (UFA)

Tight end

Under contract: Brandon Pettigrew (through 2013), Tony Scheffler (through 2013), Nathan Overbay (through 2014)

Free agents: Will Heller (UFA)

Offensive tackle

Under contract: Jeff Backus (through 2013), Riley Reiff (through 2015 + club option for 2016), Corey Hilliard (through 2014)

Free agents: Gosder Cherilus (UFA), Jason Fox (RFA)

Offensive guard

Under contract: Rob Sims (through 2014), Bill Nagy (through 2014), Rodney Austin (through 2014)

Free agents: Dylan Gandy (UFA)


Under contract: Dominic Raiola (through 2013)

Free agents: None

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