5 free agent options for Detroit Lions to inevitably replace Halapoulivaati Vaitai

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5. Isaac Seumalo

Jason Kelce’s return to the Philadelphia Eagles looks like a sign Seumalo will sign elsewhere, and he should be garnering a lot of interest. He was primarily a left guard before last year, when he made the move to the right side and played well.

If not for heavy competition for his services and thus the likely cost, projected at $12.1 million per year by Spotrac, Seumalo would be higher on this list for the Lions. But if they do go more aggressive than expected, he would be in play.

4. Justin Pugh

A torn ACL ended Pugh’s 2022 season after five games. He mulled retirement last offseason, and is in the same boat now as he ponders his future. In early February, before he Cardinals had hired head coach Jonathan Gannon, told Tyler Drake of Arizona Sports he’s looking “for the right situation” and wants to play for a winning team.

The Lions certainly qualify as a team who can win its division next season. Pugh, if his knee is healthy, brings loads of experience (119 career starts) across multiple line positions. Maybe he is signed to be versatile depth, as he’s not really in a position to expect to start automatically. But he would be a possible option to replace Vaitai.