The Detroit Lions' roster could look quite a bit different next season simply because so many players are set to become free agents this offseason. There's no telling which players will be re-signed just yet, although we do already know of at least a couple players the Lions hope to bring back.
On Thursday, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew highlighted offensive tackle Corey Hilliard and defensive end Willie Young as two players the Lions want to re-sign this offseason, according to Justin Rogers. Hilliard is set to become an unrestricted free agent, whereas Young is going to be a restricted free agent.
Hilliard actually wasn't active for a single game last season for the Lions. He was active for all 16 in 2010 and 2011, but with the Lions adding Riley Reiff, Hilliard was the odd man out on game day. Considering the Lions could lose Gosder Cherilus to free agency and Jeff Backus could very well retire, it's no surprise that the Lions want to bring back Hilliard as extra depth at offensive tackle.
It's also no surprise the Lions want Young back as well, and the expectation is for him to be re-signed since he's a restricted free agent. While he did have a disappointing 2012, hopes are still high for him. Also, considering Ronnell Lewis is the only defensive end even under contract right now, it's important for the Lions to bring back Young.
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