Oct 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions safety John Wendling (29) pours water over his head during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Mayhew Announces Which Detroit Lions Free Agents Won't Return

Like any NFL team, the Detroit Lions have a number of players set to become free agents – some of whom will return to the team, while others will not.

We’ll have to wait to see which players end up on the “will return” list because there may be other teams in play for their services, but Martin Mayhew gave some clarity this morning in regards to who won’t return.

That list of names isn’t particularly surprising, aside from perhaps John Wendling.

Wendling has played well on special teams for the Lions for a number of years and was one of the team’s captains for the 2013 season. The sight of Wendling on the field in his listed position of safety was a terrifying thought but he was a valuable member of the special teams units. Carrying a cap hit in the final year of his deal at over $900,000, Wendling’s role can be filled by a younger, cheaper option.

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