Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/27/13
The Detroit Lions endured a painful season, one wrecked by injuries to the receiving corps and secondary, the lack of push in the interior running game, extremely inopportune turnovers and the propensity of the defense and special teams to give up huge scoring plays. As they entered this off season, with a sliver of cap space, and a slew of free agents, it would appear that the Lions had a difficult off season ahead of them. In the words of Lee Corso "Not So Fast My Friend!" After restructures to the contracts of C Dominic Raiola and WR Nate Burleson, and the releases of DE Kyle Vanden Bosch and RG Stephen Peterman, the Lions are actually somewhat healthy financially. After Matthew Stafford gets his eventual extension and lowers his cap number from 20 million into the 10-12 mil range, the Lions will actually be reasonably flush with cap room. This doesn't mean they should go blow it on a ton of overpriced free agents, but it means that they should be able to fill all of their holes...
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