The Detroit Lions entered the offseason with 23 unrestricted free agents. Who’s staying and who’s going?
Here’s an update entering Thursday, Day 3 of free agency in the NFL:
Jason Hanson, kicker: Contract details haven’t been worked out yet, but Hanson confirmed that he will put off retirement and return for his 22nd season.
Corey Hilliard, offensive tackle: Re-signed for two years and is expected to compete for starting job.
Chris Houston, cornerback: Re-signed for five years and $25 million.
DeAndre Levy, linebacker: Signed a three-year deal worth as much as $9.75 million.
Kassim Osgood, special-teams standout/receiver: Re-signed for one year.
Don Muhlbach, long snapper: The
Pro Bowl player agreed Thursday morning to a one-year deal. His
consistency is an important part of the special teams.
Cliff Avril, defensive end/linebacker: Signed with Seattle for two years and $15 million. He turned down three years and $30 million last summer from the Lions.
Gosder Cherilus, offensive tackle: Signed with Indianapolis for five years and $34 million.
Drayton Florence, cornerback: Took one-year deal from Carolina.
Nick Harris, punter: Lions aren’t believed to be interested.
Jerome Harrison, running back: Out of football for health reasons, but still officially listed as one of the Lions’ UFAs.
Sammie Hill, defensive tackle: Signed with Tennessee for three years and $11.4 million.
Stefan Logan, return specialist/running back: Lions aren’t believed to be interested.
Kevin Smith, running back: Lions aren’t believed to be interested.
TO BE DETERMINED
Louis Delmas, safety: Reportedly has offers from Detroit and St. Louis and is visiting San Francisco.
Justin Durant, linebacker: Made 103 tackles last season, but created no turnovers.
Andre Fluellen, defensive tackle: Cut during training camp and brought back for final three games.
Dylan Gandy, C/G: Spent last four years with Detroit as back-up center and special-teams player.
Will Heller, tight end: A reliable player, solid blocker but not a big pass-catching threat.
Lawrence Jackson, defensive end: Testing the market but could compete for starting job if he returns.
Jacob Lacey, cornerback: Signed as a free agent last year and started nine games.
Pat Lee, defensive back: Played the final seven games, mostly on special teams.
Corey Williams, defensive tackle: Veteran leader played only seven games in 2012 because of knee injury.
The Lions also re-signed safety Amari Spievey, a restricted free agent, for one year, and offered restricted free-agent tenders to defensive end Willie Young (one year for $2 million) and offensive tackle Jason Fox (one year for $1.4 million).
If another team signs Young or Fox, the Lions will have the option of matching the offer or receiving a draft pick as compensation.