The Detroit Lions are facing several tough decisions this offseason.
After finishing 4-12 last season, only a few players can make an argument to remain on the team, whether they are free agents or currently on Detroit's roster. Once you get past guys like Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh, Calvin Johnson, Stephen Tulloch, and some recent draft picks, there are just a few players who should be retained without question.
Here are the top five toughest decisions facing Detroit this offseason.
1. Cliff Avril -- There is no shortage of opinions about Avril, but here are some facts. Avril is 26-years old, has 20.5 sacks in the past two seasons, and will be snatched up quickly by another team if Detroit decides to play hardball again this offseason. Bottom line, Avril is a proven commodity. Avril may not be the second coming of Reggie White, but the Lions must decide if a bird in the hand is really worth more than two in the bush.
2. Louis Delmas -- He is vocal, a hard-hitter, and the one player people listen to in Detroit's locker room. Delmas also had two knee surgeries last year, and missed 13 games over the past two seasons. No team knows about the health of Delmas better than Detroit, which will likely play a huge role in how much the Lions try to re-sign him. Delmas was never at 100 percent last year, but management must decide if they still have faith in him.
Top 5 toughest decisions facing the Detroit Lions this NFL offseason
Michigan Live | Feb 13