The 2014 season may have just come to an end for the Detroit Lions, but they've already fully shifted into offseason mode. A perfect example of that is the fact that the Lions held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss their 2015 free agents. During that meeting, the Lions already decided to not re-sign some of their free agents, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.
Unfortunately for us, Mayhew declined to share the identity of the players who won't be back. The reason for his silence is because he hasn't had a chance to communicate with those players just yet about the team's decision. Here's what he had to say about this subject on Thursday:
"You know what, we've got a good number of free agent guys and we had our personnel meetings yesterday, talked about pretty much every one of our free agents, every one of our RFA's (restricted free agents) and evaluated our entire roster. We just had that meeting yesterday. We have not communicated with the players who will be here and who won't be here for the most part. I don't want to get into each individual free agent and what their status is. But, we are having those discussions right now. We had a big meeting yesterday as I said and had a follow-up meeting with Sheldon White today on the meeting from yesterday. We'll continue to talk about our roster and make decisions as we move forward."
Although the Lions have already made decisions on some of their free agents, it appears that they are still discussing what to do with veteran offensive linemen Rob Sims and Dominic Raiola. Mayhew was asked specifically about them, and he indicated that the Lions are "still making decisions about how to proceed." Mayhew also said that Sims and Raiola are "outstanding guys," but it's unclear at this time if either player is in the Lions' future plans.