3. DE Romeo Okwara
Let’s get a little crazy. Okwara took a massive pay cut to stay with the Lions, or else he would have been cut without question. He is not promised anything in terms of a role, or at least he shouldn’t be. Even when was healthy before an Achilles tear early in 2021 hampered the last two seasons, he was not consistent.
Without a further remodeling of his contract, the Lions won’t realize any more cap space if they trade Okwara. Trading fellow veteran edge rusher Charles Harris would be better in terms of cap savings, but I’m going with Okwara as the guy here.
2. DE/OLB Julian Okwara
The younger Okwara has not been able to stay on the field as a Lion, suiting up for 29 games in three seasons. Opportunity could have knocked louder this year if his brother and/or Harris had been cut, but that didn’t happen with both coming back on revised contracts.
Okwara will not turn 26 until December, and he certainly has some unrealized potential. The Lions are just not in a position where they can, should or realistically will wait for that potential to possibly come to fruition anymore. Someone may be willing to relinquish a draft pick and take a flier.