With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams.
The biggest change in Detroit already took place with the overhaul of the coaching staff. Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi hope to help "fix" quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Lions currently sit about $5 million above the projected cap figure and likely won't be in play for most free agents -- certainly not until they can lowerNdamukong Suh's $22.4 million cap figure.
» CB Rashean Mathis: The veteran was Detroit's best cornerback last season. A team in desperate need of DBs would be hard-pressed to watch one walk out the door.
What they need
Upgrading the cornerback position has been atop the needs list for years, it's no different in 2014 and should be priority número uno. Wide receiver depth behind Calvin Johnson is another big issue. Linebacker depth is also something general manager Martin Mayhew should look to address.
On the way out?
» WR Nate Burleson: Another money issue. The veteran will not make the $7.5 million he's scheduled to earn. Burleson has suggested he'd take a pay cut to stay in Detroit; the question is whether he'd take $5 million less. While he can produce in the Lions offense, given his age and injury concerns the past two seasons, Mayhew might decide to move on.
» RB Mikel Leshoure: It's time Detroit cuts ties with the second-round draft pick who had two carries in 2013.
Offseason crystal ball
Suh will get his contract extension. The defensive tackle holds all the negotiating cards and Detroit can't afford to lose him or keep his outrageous cap figure. Pettigrew will find a team willing to pay more for his athleticism. Running back Joique Bell (RFA) will get a multi-year deal to keep him paired with Reggie Bush.
We asked the crystal ball if Caldwell could completely fix Stafford's footwork; it replied: Outlook murky.