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PONTIAC- Many changes are expected this off-season and most of the Lions unrestricted free agents are not expected back with the team. Here is a look at all the Lions unrestricted free agents and notes on them and if they will be back with the team for the 2002 season.
OLB, Allen Aldridge - Aldridge has a horrible season in 2001 and doesn't have the speed to perform as an outside linebacker in the Lions defensive scheme. He was a middle linebacker in Denver and won a Super Bowl, and was Bobby Ross first free agent signing but will not be back in 2002.
OL, Kerlin Blaise - Blaise is a decent back-up offensive linemen, and was one of Bobby Ross favorite players. He doesn't fit in the Lions offensive line plans in 2002.
S, Lamar Campbell - Campbell was expected to help the Lions nickel and dime package playing sometimes in the linebacker role, but since there was injuries in the secondary he was forced to start as a safety. He is a good back-up player that knows his role; he could be back if he is willing to play for the minimum.
S, Marty Carter - Carter was signed late in the season because of the injuries in the secondary and started and made some plays. He is a hard hitter who is not great in coverage but will support the run, but he is not expect back in Detroit in 2002.
WR, Germane Crowell - Crowell is wanted back in Detroit in 2002, even after coming off injuries to both of his knees. The Lions would like to see him sign a low salary contract with incentives and have already contacted his agent about working something like that out. There will be other NFL teams interested in him if he goes on the open market.
WR, Bert Emanuel - Emanuel was signed during the season because of injuries to the wide receivers, he would like to stay with the team but he would have to sign for the minimum and the Lions don't know if they really want him back.
OL, Matt Joyce - Joyce was a good player for the Lions and did start a few games at the end of the season and played in most games. The Lions would like to upgrade their offensive line, but Joyce could be someone that could be re-signed for the 2002 season.
DT, Travis Kirschke - Kirschke didn't play very well in 2001, and is not expected back in 2002.
OLB, Scott Kowalkowski - Kowalkowski mom works for the Lions and his dad was a former Lions that is what keep him on the team the past few years, and if he is re-signed that will be one of the reason. He is a good special team's player but that is about it.
S, Ray McElroy - McElroy was signed because of injuries last year, but won't be back in 2002.
DT, Kelvin Pritchett - Pritchett played decent last year, but won't get anything more then a one year, league minimum contract if he does come back, which is in question.
OG, Tony Semple - Semple started for most of the season and is a hard worker, but that is about it. The Lions would like to upgrade their offensive line, but Semple could be someone that could be re-signed for the 2002 season.
TE, David Sloan - Sloan lead the team in receiving touchdown last year, and would like to come back for the 2002 season. The Lions would like to sign him to a one-year contract, but Sloan wants at least a three-year deal. There is some question as if he will be a Lion in 2002.
S, Kywin Supernaw - Supernaw was injured for the whole season and he wasn't a lock to make the team before he was injured in training camp. He will not likely be re-signed.
CB, Bryant Westbrook - Westbrook is a young player but has had injuries almost every year he has been with the Lions. The Lions would like to sign him to a one-year contract with a lot of incentives and have already contacted his agent about working something like that out.
OLB, Brian Williams - Williams was signed during the season last year and did a good job, he could be re-signed for the 2002 season as a back-up.