The Detroit Lions have 23 players set to become free agents this offseason. We already know that they are trying to re-sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and we also know that they are planning on bringing back defensive end George Johnson and wide receiver Jeremy Ross. Who else are the Lions hoping to re-sign? General manager Martin Mayhew indicated on Friday that he'd like to work out deals with several of his free agents:
- Mayhew said that the Lions have been in contact with quarterback Dan Orlovsky's agent, according to Paula Pasche. This seems like a pretty good indication that they want Orlovsky to return as Matthew Stafford's backup.
- The Lions are also talking to quarterback Kellen Moore's agent, according to Kyle Meinke. Moore isn't going to be tendered as a restricted free agent, but clearly the Lions want to bring him back as extra quarterback depth.
- In an interview with the Lions' official site, Mayhew said that the team has had talks with long snapper Don Muhlbach about returning for another season.
- In that same interview, Mayhew said that he met with defensive tackle Andre Fluellen's agent earlier this week, so it's probably a safe bet that Fluellen will be re-signed at some point.
- It's unclear if any talks have occurred with cornerback Rashean Mathis' agent, but the Lions definitely want to re-sign him:
Mayhew also said he hopes to have Rashean Mathis back in 2015. Said he has "position versatility"— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) February 20, 2015