Rashean Mathis, CB, Detroit: He played terrific in 2014 and the Lions believe he can do the same in 2015 at the age of 35. He's been great for cornerback Darius Slay and the Lions hope they can hang on to him. He can play outside, inside and even safety if needed. The Lions would like to have Mathis and potentially another free agent to form a nice cornerback trio.
C.J. Mosley, DT, Detroit - Mosley started eight games in Fairley's place last year and played well. He had 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks and shouldn’t break the bank at 31. He will have interest from other teams because he's the type of player every team needs.
Rasheen MathisCB Rasheen Mathis (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)
Randy Starks, DT, Miami: The Dolphins are freeing up cap space so they can sign Suh to his monster $114 million deal. One of the casualties appears to be Starks, 31. He had 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks for Miami last season. He’s recorded at least four sacks the last four seasons and has 41 career sacks. He could be a great fit next to Ngata.
Henry Melton, DT, Dallas: Melton was effective last season as an interior pass rusher in Dallas. In 16 games (three starts) he recorded five sacks. The former Chicago Bear has 20.5 career sacks. His first stop in free agency is reportedly going to be Tampa Bay, but he’s definitely a guy who could also fit next to Ngata.
Chris Culliver, CB, San Francisco: He's coming off a strong season that saw him intercept four passes and defend 14 others, but there are character concerns and off-the-field issues the Lions will have to feel comfortable about.
Tramon Williams, CB, Green Bay: Williams, 31, is an extremely durable and smart veteran player. He has a couple seasons under his belt (2010 and 2011) where he defended more than 20 passes. He recorded 70 tackles and three interceptions this past season. He has four career interceptions vs. the Lions. He's reportedly visiting New Orleans.
Patrick Robinson, CB, New Orleans: Robinson, 27, had five up-and-down seasons with the Saints and a change of scenery might do him some good.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo: Spiller could be a nice speed back to compliment Joique Bell’s between-the-tackles style. He’s also a good receiver out of the backfield, which the Lions require of their backs.
Perrish Cox, CB, San Francisco: He had 53 tackles, defended 17 passes and recorded five interceptions for the 49ers in 2014. Cox, 28, also has good size at 6-feet and 190 pounds. The Lions would have to be certain some of the off-the-field issues that plagued him early in his career are truly behind him. He reportedly visited the Redskins on Wednesday and will be in Cleveland on Thursday.
Justin Blalock, G, Atlanta: Blalock, 31, has started all 125 games he's played in since entering the league in 2007. He's a road grader-type blocker that could help boost the Lions 28th-ranked rushing offense.