The NFL is going to be contributing to the United States unemployment rate over the next couple of weeks while roster cuts begin to take place. Teams around the league have until Tuesday afternoon to get their rosters down to 75 players before ultimately making the move to their 53-man rosters for the regular season.
The Detroit Lions are one of the first teams to make bulk cuts by releasing Ronnell Lewis, who was the team’s second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, along with wide receiver Cody Wilson, cornerback Myron Lewis and safety Chris Hope.
Lewis was involved in a bar fight earlier in the year that led to a six-month deferred sentence. The team was already moving away from Lewis after drafting Ezekiel Ansah in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft and signing Jason Jones and Israel Idonije in free agency, so the roster cut just finalizes any plan the team had.
Detroit will still need to release five additional players before the Tuesday deadline.