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Which Lions players are entering contract years?

Here's a very early look at which Detroit Lions players are set to become free agents after the 2014 season.

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As it stands right now, 30 Detroit Lions players are set to become free agents after the 2014 season. That's one-third of the entire roster. Granted, a lot of these players likely won't make it past the final round of cuts this summer and will hit free agency long before the 2015 offseason, but it's still interesting to see which players are scheduled to be in a contract year in 2014. Take a look:

Unrestricted free agents in 2015 (21)

QB Dan Orlovsky
RB Mikel Leshoure
RB Montell Owens
FB Jed Collins
WR Kevin Ogletree
OT Corey Hilliard
OG Rob Sims
OG Garrett Reynolds
C Dominic Raiola
DE Darryl Tapp
DT Ndamukong Suh
DT Nick Fairley
DT C.J. Mosley
DT Andre Fluellen
LB Ashlee Palmer
LB Cory Greenwood
CB Rashean Mathis
CB Cassius Vaughn
S DeJon Gomes
S Isa Abdul-Quddus
LS Don Muhlbach

Restricted free agents in 2015 (5)

QB Kellen Moore
WR Kris Durham
DE George Johnson
LB Julian Stanford
CB Chris Greenwood

Exclusive-rights free agents in 2015 (4)

RB George Winn
WR Jeremy Ross
WR Cody Wilson
CB Aaron Hester

The most notable players headed for free agency next year are Rob Sims, Dominic Raiola, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. All four of those players are starters, although they're at different stages of their careers. This could be Raiola's final year in the NFL, for example, and he won't break the bank if he decides to come back. The same goes for Sims, who has already indicated that he wants to stay in Detroit and could be open to a hometown discount. Suh and Fairley, on the other hand, are young guys who will be looking to cash in if they hit free agency. At least for Suh, the hope is that he will sign a long-term deal with the Lions long before it gets to the point where he's on the open market, but it's unclear if the two sides will actually be able to agree to anything.

What jumps out to you about this list of Lions free agents for 2015?

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