The Detroit Lions are in an ideal spot right now. They are 8-3 and leading the NFC North entering December, even with some recent issues that have surfaced and as they've navigated a lot of notable injuries. They are also very well positioned for the future. Per Over The Cap, they have $73.69 million in cap space for 2024 right now (eighth-most in the league).
There are some upcoming contract situations the Lions will have to tackle, with quarterback Jared Goff, wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, right tackle Penei Sewell and defensive end Aidan Hutchinson lined up for significant new deals among their positional peers in the league over the next few years.
But there should still be plenty of room to make outside additions, as general manager Brad Holmes keeps the pipeline of young, low-cost talent full with good work during the draft.
In particular, a contract extension for Goff is likely to eat some of that 2024 cap space with that as the final year of his current deal.
Holmes showed some well-warranted, calculated aggression to add outside free agents last offseason, and that will surely continue going forward. But Holmes and Dan Campbell have shown a clear affinity for re-signing their own guys, and priority will naturally continue to be placed on that too.
This season is obviously not over, but these three upcoming 2024 free agents for the Lions have already earned a new contract.