After releasing NFL free agency predictions for the top 50 players on the open market a couple weeks ago, Rotoworld's Evan Silva has released an updated free agency forecast for the top 100 players. The list of players includes several Detroit Lions who are set to become free agents, and it also includes a couple players from other teams who are projected to sign with the Lions. Here's the rundown (the number is the ranking):
1. DE Cliff Avril - Indianapolis Colts (5 years, $64 million)
I'm more surprised that Avril is ranked No. 1 than I am with his projected contract. It's a given at this point that Avril is likely gone, and he probably will end up with a pretty large deal.
30. RB Reggie Bush - Detroit Lions (4 years, $16 million)
All things considered, I'd be pretty pleased if the Lions ended up with Bush for only $4 million a season. Given the competition they're facing from the Arizona Cardinals, there has been speculation that he could end up with as much as $5 million a season, so something less than that would definitely be a win for the Lions if Bush signs with them.
33. S Louis Delmas - St. Louis Rams (3 years, $15 million)
Given his reaction to what the Lions offered him last Friday, it wouldn't be a huge surprise if Delmas isn't re-signed at this point. If he does depart for a new team, the Rams would make sense with former Lions defensive backs coach Tim Walton being hired as St. Louis' defensive coordinator.
35. CB Chris Houston - Detroit Lions (2 years, $10 million)
Houston, like Delmas, is testing free agency despite receiving an offer from the Lions. Given how deep this class of cornerback free agents is, though, the chances of Houston staying in Detroit seem pretty good.
36. OT Gosder Cherilus - Jacksonville Jaguars (1 year, $3 million)
A one-year deal for Cherilus would be pretty tough considering he's coming off of the best season of his career. However, injury concerns combined with a deep tackle class could result in his value being lower than you might expect.
48. DT Glenn Dorsey - Detroit Lions (1 year, $2 million)
Dorsey was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall pick in 2008. Gunther Cunningham was the Chiefs' defensive coordinator at that time, so Dorsey signing with the Lions would make sense. He hasn't lived up to where he was drafted by any means, but he would only need to be a backup in Detroit.
77. OLB Justin Durant - Chicago Bears (2 years, $7.5 million)
It would be tough to see Durant sign with a division rival, but the Lions may have chosen DeAndre Levy over him. With Ashlee Palmer and two rookies in need of more playing time, Durant may simply be expendable, resulting in him potentially being available for the Bears to sign.
97. DT Sammie Hill - Tennessee Titans (3 years, $7.5 million)
Hill sounds like he is going to end up joining a team that can offer him more money and more playing time than the Lions, and the Titans are predicted to be that team.
By the time the official start of free agency rolls around at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, many of these predictions may no longer even be applicable. Even so, it's interesting to think about what might happen when free agency does open.
What are your final predictions as we get ready for speculation to turn into actual news?