3. DE Charles Harris
Harris was quite a find for the Lions in the first year of the Brad Holmes/Dan Campbell regime, as the first-round bust resurrected his career with a team-high 7.5 sacks in 2021. But it's been quite a fall for him since then.
Even before an injury hampered him and ultimately put him on IR for the rest of the season last year, Harris has not impactful off the edge for the Lions. Fully healthy now, that lack of production has followed him into this year, He has 1.5 sacks so far, and after being a healthy scratch in Week 7 he barely played in Week 8 (10 defensive snaps).
The Lions rewarded Harris for his breakthrough campaign with a two-year deal in March of 2022. They restructured the deal last offseason, creating cap space and kicking money into a 2024 void year. It wasn't a very consequential move in terms of 2023 cap space, adding around $2.8 million, and it really looked like a pay cut Harris took in lieu of being cut.
An offseason pay cut, even to the small degree it was. Lately, in the final year of his contract, being phased out of an edge rusher rotation that could surely use some help. The tea leaves say Harris is playing his final games as Lion, and the implements are quickly changing to etch it in stone.