3 former Detroit Lions we'd like to see return in 2024

There are moving parts involved in at least one case, but in a broad sense it would be nice to see these three former Detroit Lions return in 2024.

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2. LB Kyle Van Noy

Van Noy was a second-round draft pick (No. 40 overall) of the Lions back in 2014. He didn't last three full seasons before being traded to the New England Patriots, who (unsurprisingly, at least at the time) got far better production out of him over the following three-plus seasons.

Van Noy has remained an effective and versatile linebacker over the years, with the Patriots, the Miami Dolphins, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens. He has posted at least five sacks in five straight seasons, including a career-high nine sacks in 2023 for the Ravens as he worked as more of a pure pass rusher. Pro Football Focus graded him as their 32nd best edge rusher last season (75.0 overall grade, out of 112 qualifiers).

The Lions' overall pass rush issues last season are well-documented. Retirement could always be on the radar for someone of Van Noy's age (33 on March 26), and he is dabbling in media on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" during NFL Combine week. But he has plenty left in the tank to keep playing, and he will have opportunities.

The Lions should be ready to offer an opportunity for him to come back and help their pass rush, as they'd also add a veteran leader with two Super Bowl rings.