5 players the Detroit Lions must move on from in 2021

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Duron Harmon, Detroit Lions
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#4. Duron Harmon, Safety

Following the recent release of Jayron Kearse, the Lions sent a clear message that they want to play their younger safeties against the Vikings in Week 17. And it will be an important contest for former third-rounders in Tracy Walker and Will Harris.

But that fact doesn’t bode well for the future of soon-to-be 30-year old Duron Harmon, who has started every game for Detroit his season. The Lions traded a fifth-round draft pick to the Patriots for Harmon and a seventh-rounder this offseason. And he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Harmon has been one of the better New England transplants to land in the Motor City. He’s recorded 64 tackles, four pass deflections, and two interceptions as a 15-game starter this season.

But again, Harmon falls under the ex-Patriots exodus that should take place in Detroit this offseason as his biggest champions in Quinn and Patricia have been shown the door. And with Harris and Walker already on the roster for 2021, the likelihood is the new regime in Detroit will try to find a younger option to develop rather than re-signing the eight-year veteran.