The Detroit Lions announced on Thursday that they are releasing Michael Brockers, a veteran defensive lineman who was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams two years ago. This move is a cost-cutting measure that will provide the Lions with $10 million in cap space. The team and Brockers mutually agreed to part ways, a decision that was made 20 days prior to the start of the 2023 league year.
Brockers, 32, was voted a captain by his teammates and played a small role on the defensive line last season. He finished with four tackles in six games and appeared in only one game after the Lions’ Week 6 bye. Despite his limited playing time, Brockers remained a leader on the team and continued to hold player-only meetings to go over the opponent’s projected opening game play script. In January, he admitted that his decreased playing time had been “rough” on him mentally. However, he remained optimistic about his future in the league.
Cap Room for Brad Holmes
The release of Brockers will provide the Lions with an additional $10 million in cap space. This brings their available cap space to approximately $26 million. This will give new general manager Brad Holmes the flexibility to re-sign his own free agents and address the team’s defensive needs in free agency. The Lions have 15 unrestricted free agents, including eight starters. Brad Holmes will need to work his magic and fill several holes on defense this offseason.
Lions Young Defensive Line
The Lions have a young and talented defensive line that showed promise towards the end of last season. Isaiah Buggs and John Cominsky, who played in front of Brockers, are among the players that the Lions have expressed interest in re-signing this spring. The team could also use one of their five early-round draft picks to add additional muscle to their defensive front.
The Lions finished the 2022 season with a 9-8 record, their first winning season since 2017. With new leadership in place and additional cap space, the team is optimistic about its future. The release of Brockers may be just the beginning of several cost-cutting moves that the Lions could make before the start of free agency on March 15. The team has several veterans that they could restructure or release to create additional cap room.
In summary, the Lions’ decision to release Michael Brockers is a cost-cutting measure. It will provide the team with $10 million in cap space. The move will allow the team to re-sign their own free agents, and address their defensive needs in free agency and the draft. The Lions have a young and talented defensive line and are optimistic about their future under new leadership.
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