5 free agents who should be on Detroit Lions' radar to replace Jonah Jackson

As the Lions look to replace Jonah Jackson, these five free agents should be on their radar.

Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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2. Andrus Peat

Peat is well-removed from his days as a three-time Pro Bowl left guard (2018-2020) at this point, but he is still a solid player and he of course has the Saints' tie to Dan Campbell/Aaron Glenn the Lions have tapped into at times. He also has versatility, having played both left guard and left tackle last season.

Peat would be an experienced, inexpensive upgrade to Detroit's current left guard situation. And if something happened to either Taylor Decker or Penei Sewell, he could step in either tackle spot and hold down the fort.

1. Dalton Risner

After weeks and really months of speculation, the Vikings finally signed Risner just after last season began. He started 11 of the 15 games he played in, once he was finally put into the lineup. He did not allow a sack (through Week 17 at least) with three penalties in 745 snaps all season (according to Pro Football Focus, with dismal 57.1 overall PFF grade).

As expected with the aforementioned lack of sacks allowed, Risner had the ninth-best mark in ESPN's pass blocking win rate among interior offensive lineman last season. That was an area Jackson had a drop-off in last season, and having the immobile Jared Goff under center puts interior pass protection for the Lions.

As the first wave of free agency subsided and other guards were getting PAID (capital letters required), Risner took to Twitter to make his case to prospective new teams.

Risner stands to be a bargain for someone who needs a starting-caliber left guard. The Lions could not fit the template for that current need any better.

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