3 players the Detroit Lions will not miss one bit in 2024

These three members of the 2023 Detroit Lions are gone, and they will not be missed at all this year.
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2. LG Jonah Jackson

First off, good for Jackson to get the contract he did from the Los Angeles Rams in free agency (three years, $51 million; $34 million guaranteed). Coming off a down year, and some missed time over his last two seasons with them, the Lions clearly drew a financial line they were not going to exceed with him. A boom in the guard market lined Jackson up to get paid.

Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports named Jackson as the Lions' most notable offseason departure.

"The hype around the Lions coming into 2024 is substantial, but their offensive line did take a bit of a hit losing Jonah Jackson. The guard signed a three-year, $51 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams at the start of free agency. Jackson was drafted by Detroit in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2021. To replace him, the club has signed veteran guard Kevin Zeitler."

The Lions clearly weren't going to pay big to replace Jackson, eventually signing Zeitler to a one-year deal for a little less than $6 million. Zeitler being a right guard by trade meant moving Graham Glasgow to left guard, after he was excellent at right guard last year. But Lions' fans surely remember Glasgow playing that position over his first two NFL seasons at a solid level. There's a solid argument the Lions' offensive line is better with the pivot to Zeitler from Jackson.

As the Lions prepared to pay the guys they did, with some eyes on who they'll have to eventually pay in the coming years, someone had to fall by they wayside this offseason. Jackson made it easy for that someone to be him with his drop-off in performance last year.

All signs point toward the last one left from Bob Quinn's final draft class as Lions' general manager not really being missed.