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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Lions Roster Next Season

Three Detroit Lions players who likely won't be on the roster in 2021.
Three Detroit Lions players who likely won't be on the roster in 2021. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions are heading into a transition period following the team's struggles in 2020. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, and Detroit is sure to undergo more big changes this offseason.

With that in mind, here are three players who are likely out of the Lions' future plans.

1. Adrian Peterson, RB

Adrian Peterson added to his Hall of Fame numbers in 2020 with 688 rushing yards as the Lions' leading rusher. Peterson turns 36 years old in March and was under a very reasonable one-year contract. But a return to health for rookie RB D'Andre Swift and 2018 second-round pick Kerryon Johnson likely leaves the Lions not re-signing Peterson, who is an unrestricted free agent.

2. Marvin Jones Jr., WR

Marvin Jones is sure to be one of the top free agent wideouts available this offseason. At almost 31 years old, this is his last chance to pick up a potential big payday, and Detroit is not going to want to pay him heading into a rebuild. Jones had a team-leading 76 receptions, 978 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2020, so he should draw plenty of interest from contenders in free agency.

3. Mohamed Sanu, WR

Mohamed Sanu signed a one-year contract for $1.05 million with the Lions mid-season and played in seven games. He will likely move on after catching just 16 passes for 178 yards in his brief Motor City stint.

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