4 free agents the Detroit Lions should easily be willing to let leave

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4. QB Nate Sudfeld

This is no knock on Sudfeld, who barely played this season (nine total snaps in blowout wins over the Jaguars and Bears) after the Lions remade their depth chart behind Jared Goff and signed. But when Goff missed some time to injuries and a bout with COVID in 2021, we saw the result (Tim Boyle).

Via SI.com, Holmes has already laid out the priority that will be placed on the No. 2 quarterback position this offseason.

"Going into this past year, yeah, we went down to the umpteenth hour trying to figure out what we were gonna do at number two,” Holmes said. “I’ve let it be known internally that we’re not gonna be in that position again heading into this year, so we have to get that settled. I thought Nate Sudfeld did a nice job with us, so we’ll figure that out. But, I am gonna make it a point of emphasis and make sure that, being that we’re finally in a position to address that quarterback room behind Jared, we have been in that position in the past. But, we’re gonna make that a point of emphasis this year.”"

Holmes was sure to mention the nice job Sudfeld did, and thus faintly keep open the possibility he’ll be re-signed. But there will be some options in free agency, and replacing Sudfeld with someone who could keep the offense rolling if Goff were to be out shouldn’t be too tough.