In the wake of a 12-loss season, with 23 unrestricted free agents and ongoing salary-cap issues, the Detroit Lions roster could look considerably different before they hit training camp next summer.
The easiest way to start making changes is to not re-sign some of those free agents. That's seemingly inevitable, especially if players such as Cliff Avril, Justin Durant and DeAndre Levy receive generous offers from another team.
But what about some of the current starters who are signed for next season? Would the Lions consider going in a different direction to trim their salaries?
Here are five core players whose futures will be interesting to monitor this offseason:
1. Right guard Stephen Peterman: Considered the weak link on the offensive line, Peterman arguably is the unit's worst pass blocker.
General manager Martin Mayhew stressed that some of quarterback Matthew Stafford's troubles in 2012 were created by interior pressure.
Reading between the lines, that would...