Tracking Detroit Lions free agency moves: Let the rebuild begin

NFL free agency period underway

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11: Randy Bullock #4 of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the ball after kicking a field goal against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) (Scott Taetsch, 2020 Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions are starting the NFL free agency period with a slew of changes to the roster.

The Lions, now with a newly minted front office and coaching staff, are retooling the roster to start the offseason, which means cuts. It also means the team is letting some players, former draft picks of the old regime, walk away.

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Tracking Lions roster moves:

  • Tight end Jesse James was released.
  • DT Nick Williams was released.
  • Guard Joe Dahl was released.
  • Lions have re-signed DE Romeo Okwara, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin and CB Mike Ford.
  • Lions signed WR Tyrell Williams and TE Josh Hill.
  • Lions did not franchise tag WR Kenny Golladay, making him a free agent.

More moves are coming. Lions still have decisions to make on several players. Stay tuned.

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Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.