UPDATED: 15 Free Agents the Lions should pursue in 2013
The Lions entered Sunday versus the Chicago Bears with a chance to end 2012 on a high note. They couldn't pull it off ending the season at 4-12, with the 5th overall pick and 30 Detroit Lions set to hit free agency, 14 on each side of the ball. Martin Mayhew now has plenty of decisions to make heading into the off-season.
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2. Kyle Arrington, CB, New England Patriots- When the Patriots acquired Aqib Talib from the Buccaneers before the week 9 deadline, Arrington was demoted to the nickel corner. Arrington, 26 years old, has 55 tackles and 1 FF on the season, would be a solid pick-up for a depleted Lions secondary.
3. Kenny Phillips, S, New York Giants- Stevie Brown has subsequently taken over for Phillips at safety for the Giants, the two seem destined to part-ways. Phillips, a year removed from a four pick season and helping the Giants win the Super Bowl, at 26 years old looks like a great fit to put along side Louis Delmas in the Lions defensive backfield.
4. Andy Levitre, OG, Buffalo Bills- He may be under the radar because of the position he plays, but this OG has been a staple on the Bills offensive line the past 4 seasons. He would be a solid upgrade over Stephen Peterman, who has been the weak link on the line for sometime now. He would bring an upgrade in both the pass and the run as the Lions look to overhaul the entire line this off-season.
5. Kyle Moore, DE, Buffalo Bills- A former fourth round pick from USC, Moore has played well in a backup role for the Bills (24 TKL, 3 Sacks). Moore could add depth if Cliff Avril, Lawrence Jackson or Willie Young bolt in Free Agency.
6. Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys- After a disappointing 2012, in which he racked up only 378 yards on 106 ATT, the Dallas Cowboys could cut ties after the season's over. A reliable receiver out of the backfield, 25 Rec 265 Yds and 2 TD, Jones could be a solid option next to Matthew Stafford on third-downs.
7. Rashean Mathis, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars- Coming off an ACL injury in 2011, Mathis role has been limited a bit this year. With 20 Tkl on the season, he could be a solid veteran presence in a young, inexperienced Lions secondary.
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8. Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers- While Jennings may not be completely under the radar, he is coming off an injury plagued 2012, and could come at a discounted price. Jennings, a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and played college ball at Western Michigan, could be a great compliment to Calvin Johnson. He still has the talent, and at the right price, could be the that complimentary piece to Johnson the Lions have searched for and never found.
9. Chris Hope, S, Atlanta Falcons- At age 32, Hope is well past his days as a starting safety, but finding a smaller role and contributing valuable leadership, the Lions would be smart to add him.
10. Daryl Smith, OLB, Jacksonville Jaguars- Hampered by a groin injury that held him to 2 games, Smith has had a solid NFL career. in 2011, Smith posted 107 Tkl for the Jaguars. At 30, Smith could be a good pickup if Justin Durant or DeAndre Levy leave for Free Agency.
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