2. DE Romeo Okwara
Okwara led the Lions with 10 sacks in 2020, and the-then new regime clearly noticed as they rewarded him with a three-year, $37 million contract extension. Then an Achilles tear in Week 4 of that 2021 season sidelined him for over a year, and he spent the end of last season getting back up to speed. He agreed to a sizeable pay cut to stick around last offseason.
Back in August, Okwara revealed how he had to have a second procedure on his torn Achilles. It was worth wondering if he was being showcased for a preseason trade, but on the other hand he simply needed to get on the field and play as he worked his way all the way back.
In seven games this season, Okwara has no sacks, four total tackles, one quarterback hit and one pressure. He has also played 20 or more defensive snaps just three times, with a clear high of 39 in the Week 5 blowout win over the Panthers, and he played a total of 24 defensive snaps over the three games going into the bye.
It's not Okwara's fault things have not worked out since he signed his big contract. Achilles' injuries are a unique thing, and he had to have a second surgery on his to boot. But he is surely in his final weeks as a Detroit Lion.