With the roster supplemented by young talent in the draft, the days on the Detroit Lions’ roster for these three veteran players could now be numbered.
The Detroit Lions ultimately selected eight players in the 2022 NFL Draft. Add in undrafted free agents and tryouts, and more than 20 players are getting some level of opportunity with the organization as the month of May starts.
In a vacuum, all eight draft picks and a fairly sampling of the UDFAs who were signed have a chance to stick somewhere on the 53-man roster or practice squad in Detroit this year.
So there may be some tough decisions ahead for Lions general manager Brad Holmes as offseason work takes a new path. Cap space is not an issue, with a shade over $18 million to work with right now according to Over The Cap. Any moves made now will be with reducing future salary obligations or tenous holds on jobs/roles in mind.
The Lions could move forward as is, with what their roster is likely to look like come Week 1, and be fine. That said, these three veterans could be starting to look over their shoulder, and fearing a an eventual note on their locker saying essentially, “coach wants to see you, and bring your playbook.”