Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is on the clock.
Mayhew's future arguably could be determined by what he does over the next seven weeks. Can he repair his team's roster and give coach Jim Schwartz an improved lineup after they plummeted from 10-6 in 2011 to 4-12 last year?
The Lions have so many needs, from a pass-rush threat to playmakers in the secondary to a return specialist, punter and a running back who can create explosive plays.
It's no exact science. There are many paths they could take between re-signing their remaining 21 unrestricted free agents, luring free agents from other teams and, finally, the NFL Draft.
Free agency begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. The draft is April 25-27.
Here's a 10-step plan on how the Lions can get back to respectability as quickly as possible:
1. Quarterback Matthew Stafford absolutely must sign an extension or a restructured deal to lower his ridiculous 20.8-million salary-cap hit.
Some cap relief already has been created by rele...