The question has been finally answered.
Who are the Detroit Lions going to cut in order to make room for recent free agent signee cornerback Drayton Florence? Answer: 2011 undrafted free agent safety Ricardo Silva from Hampton University.
Silva has been a bright spot at defensive back for the Lions because of his ability to make plays in the secondary and for his knack for filling in for an injured safety without giving up too many points. Silva’s release is more indicative of where Louis Delmas is with his injury than how bad the Lions need an additional cornerback.
Silva is still eligible for Detroit’s practice squad, assuming he clears waivers, but that means someone else will need to be cut to make room for him should the team choose to bring him back.
My best guess is that Silva will be claimed by another team because he is truly is a diamond in the rough that could help another team today, which he may feel more apt to do, opposed to sitting on the bench and helping the Lions solely as a scout team guy.