5 former Detroit Lions who are having trouble finding jobs

As the NFL offseason moves away from peak level activity, these former Detroit Lions are having trouble finding a job.

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4. WR Josh Reynolds

It feels like a certainty Reynolds will not be back with the Lions, and in a broad sense there should be a number of teams with some level of interest in him. But the second wave of the wide receiver market, in terms of reported visits, seems to be moving without him right now.

Reynolds' two big drops in the NFC Championship Game loss to the San Francisco 49ers linger in the mind of many Lions' fans, as the reason he shouldn't be re-signed. But the reason he won't be back is rooted in the idea another team can give him a larger role than the Lions' can or will, and one bad game (even in a big game) doesn't erase a resume that says he's a solid, reliable veteran receiver.

Reynolds will land somewhere before too long. But he's lingering available a little longer than he probably should.

Update, 5:45 p.m. ET: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Reynolds has a visit with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday.

3. DE Charles Harris

Harris rescued his career in his first season as a Lion, when he led the team with 7.5 sacks in 2021, and he got a two-year deal off of that breakthrough. But it's been all downhill since, starting with an injury eventually landing him on IR in 2022. Last season his role diminished all the way to regularly being a healthy scratch after about Week 6 season, and he barely played when he did suit up.

Other teams surely noticed the Lions literally had no use for Harris as last season went on, when they were desperate for pass rush off the edge beyond Aidan Hutchinson. One good campaign in seven NFL seasons, when as mentioned his career was on the ropes, is also of note to explain why he's still available.