The Detroit Lions are only two days into the offseason, but they continue to make roster decisions for 2022. On Tuesday, the the team announced to have released six players of their training team and confirmed yesterday’s transaction report that they were claiming safety JuJu Hughes from the Los Angeles Rams.
The following players have been released:
- WR Geronimo Allison
- TE Nick Eubanks
- TE Ross Travis
- OT Darrin Paulo
- Parker Ehinger
- CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
As the Lions strive to build their 90-man offseason squad, the first step they’ve chosen to take is to make decisions about their Street Free Agents (SFAs). The Lions entered the offseason with 17 SFA. Nine of them were signed for futures yesterday, the above six were released and only the decisions regarding nickelback / turner Corey Ballentine and kicker Aldrick Rosas remain.
Passing qualified players above – Allison, Eubanks and Travis – isn’t too surprisingly, as the team have relied on them very little during the season. The other three decisions are only slightly surprising. Paulo had been with the squad most of the season but became useless when Dan Skipper returned to health (Skipper signed a futures contract on Monday). Ehinger has been called up a few times but with Evan Brown (2022 restricted free agent) starting center in place of Frank Ragnow, as well as rookies Tommy Kraemer (exclusive rights free agent) and Ryan McCollum (ERFA) all values sure to potentially return to the list, Ehinger has become the overflow depth. Robey-Coleman was expected to take on a bigger role, but he often saw younger players grab opportunities in front of him, a strategy that chief strategy officer Brad Holmes confirmed at his end-of-season press conference.
Currently, the Lions have 44 players under contract for 2022, but with decisions to come regarding their 17 exclusive rights free agents and six restricted free agents on the agenda, that total number could grow rapidly.