Lions not tagging Okwara after breakout season: report

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Romeo Okwara is poised to get paid, but not by the Lions.

The Lions will not use the franchise tag on Okwara, according to Ian Rapoport, sending the defensive end to free agency a year after he finished 10th in the NFL with 10 sacks.

Tagging Okwara, who also ranked fifth among edge defenders last season with 61 pressures, would have cost the Lions about $17.7 million in 2021. They can use that money instead to address numerous holes on a defense that just broke franchise records for futility.

Of course, one of their biggest holes is at defensive end. Assuming Okwara lands elsewhere in free agency, the Lions only have one returning player who had more than one sack in 2020: Trey Flowers had two.

Detroit also opted not to franchise tag Kenny Golladay on Tuesday, thus parting ways with arguably their best player on both offense and defense. It's a full-blown rebuild under GM Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell, who want new players to fulfill a new vision.

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