Only one team in the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals, has more unrestricted free agents this year than the Detroit Lions, based on data from Pro Football Focus.
The Lions still have 22 UFAs from their roster after re-signing linebackerspecial-teams standout Ashlee Palmer and safety Don Carey.
Fifteen of those players started at least one game in 2012, including five of the core regulars on defense.
Here's a breakdown on each of the team's unrestricted free agents and a suggestion for what to do with them:
Chris Houston, cornerback
Despite giving up some big plays in the final two games, Houston was the anchor for a revolving-door secondary.
Advice: Must re-sign him.
Cliff Avril, defensive end
Avril led the club with 9 12 sacks while playing on a one-year franchise tag for 10.6 million, but he didn't create turnovers like he did in 2011.
Advice: Re-sign him if the price isn't too high. If not, a defensive end with the No. 5 pick overall becomes a must.
DeAndre Levy, linebacker...