We are getting close to free agency, and even closer to the re-sign deadline.

With that said, here are some possible moves Detroit could make as far as free agency.

Well, start with the in-house free agents.

Haloti Ngata DT: Although he’s older, re-signing him to a one year deal would help this defense and the grooming of the possible draft pick addition.

Greg Robinson OT: Gone.

Tahir Whitehead LB: Depending on what he is asking, he’s worth keeping. Although he’s not great in coverage. I think he would transition to Patricia’s “hybrid” scheme as a 3-4ILB and a 4-3OLB.

DJ Hayden CB: He most likely will be asking for the big bucks, so I’d let him walk.

Paul Worrilow LB: See you, Paulie.

Don Muhlbach LS: I don’t see him going anywhere.

Darren Fells TE: Should get re-signed, good depth TE and good run blocker.

Tavon Wilson SS: With Patricia hired, I could see Wilson brought back on a small deal as a depth safety seeing as he’s played in the system.

Dwight Freeney DE: Could be brought back if he doesn’t retire, good depth DE.

Don Carey SS: As a great special teamer and pretty decent backup safety, he should be an easy re-sign.

Jordan Hill DT: Seeing as he didn’t play very much at all, he could come back on another 1-year deal.

Nick Bellore LB: Showed signs of good play, would be a good depth LB, and he’s relatively young; resign.

Don Barclay G: Let him walk.

Travis Swanson C: If he doesn’t retire, force him.

Nevin Lawson CB: Could be re-signed depending on what he’s asking, but I’d say keep him if he’s asking for #3 money.

Ok, now that that’s out-of-the-way, here are my top 3 players at the top 5 positions of need based on fit, need and realism (no you won’t see Le’veon Bell here).

Top 5 needs:

1. Pass rush. 2. Running back. 3 Interior offensive line. 4. Linebacker. 5. Defensive back.

Realistic free agent fits: Key: 1=big name, 2=serviceable starter. 3=depth addition.

Pass Rusher:

  • 1. Alex Okafor: he would cost a bit, but he’s relatively young and coming off and pretty good season.
  • 2. Jeremiah Attaochu: he hasn’t quite found it, but and change of scenery could get it done.
  • 3. Connor Barwin: he would be a situational piece, the Swiss army knife.

Running Back:

  • 1. Carlos Hyde: He would be perfect to pair with Abdullah he’s a known 2 down power back.
  • 2. Rex Burkhead: he’d be a great addition if Detroit trades Theo Riddick at some point, good pass catcher and also relatively young.
  • 3. Orleans Darkwa: I love his game, I think he’d also fit like Hyde, he’s a big back that would pair with Abdullah nicely.

Offensive Line:

  • 1. Andrew Norwell G: he would be a top-tier addition, at a price. But he’d be worth it.
  • 2. Josh Sitton G: Would come at a price, but not as steep as Norwell but also not as long.
  • 3. Zach Fulton G: would be be a solid addition to the run game, he’s very consistent and good all around.


  • 1. Nigel Bradham: He would be perfect as a hybrid LB, good all around and shouldn’t ask for top tier money.
  • 2. Avery Williamson: another perfect fit, but for a different reason. He’s great all around and would allow Patricia to use his full formational potential defensively.
  • 3. Paul Posluszney: he would be a nice addition due to his nearly flawless technique and production.

Defensive Back:

  • 1. Eric Reid: he’s a great all round safety, and could play that “rover” position for Patricia’s defense, good cover man and vs the run.
  • 2. Prince Amukamara CB: He would slide right next to Dlay nicely, he is injury prone but a 1-3 year deal with incentives would be worth it.
  • 3. Kenny Vaccaro: he can’t cover particularly well, but he would be good as a situational player. Another “rover” type.

Now that that’s done, stay tuned for my draft article, coming soon to a twitter near you.

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