Detroit Lions: Five Upgradeable Positions To Watch During Free Agency

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Nov 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) watches from the sidelines during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Detroit won 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

1. Defensive tackle

Obviously, the 305-pound elephant in the room is Ndamukong Suh. Whatever Detroit decides to do with Suh (and perhaps, whatever Suh himself wants) will tell plenty about which direction the whole offseason goes. If the team works a massive contract extension with Suh or places the franchise tag on him, it’s likely they would have to make a few subtractions in other spots to sign free agents. Even if Suh returns, Nick Fairley, C.J. Mosley and Andre Fluellen are all unrestricted free agents, meaning Detroit will likely have to pick up some depth, too. If Suh leaves, they may have to consider a much more dramatic fix.

Names To Remember: Terrence Knighton, (Denver) Dan Williams (Arizona), Jared Odrick (Miami), Athybia Rubin (Cleveland), Stephen Paea (Chicago), Da’Quan Bowers (Tampa Bay). 

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