2016 Detroit Lions free agents

Once the new Detroit Lions general manager is hired, he will have some decisions to make regarding what to do with their impending free agents. The Lions have a total of 24 players who will hit the market, including a handful of starters.

The new salary cap is expected to inflate to at least $150 million, which would give the Lions approximately $23 million in available cap space.

On average, there is roughly a 35% roster turnover from year to year on an NFL team. Who should stay and who should go?



January 4, 2016: Teams are now permitted to extend or renegotiate the 2013 NFL draft rookie contracts. (Ziggy Ansah, Darius Slay, Larry Warford, Devin Taylor, Theo Riddick, Sam Martin)

February 22, 2016: Teams are now allowed to apply the Franchise or Transition Player Tags

March 7, 2016: Starting at noon EST, teams are now permitted to communicate and talk contract negotiations with the authorized agents of the impending unrestricted free agents. A contract cannot be finalized or executed with a new organization officially until March 15 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

March 15, 2016: At 4:00 p.m. EST, the 2016 league year formally begins and the free agency period commences. Players are now permitted to sign with a new club.


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