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Detroit Lions plan to release CB Justin Coleman as defensive makeover continues

The Detroit Lions are getting rid of another prominent player on defense.

The Lions plan to release slot cornerback Justin Coleman before the new league begins next week, a person informed of the decision told the Free Press.

Coleman has been the Lions' primary slot cornerback the past two years, but was due to make $8.95 million this fall.

The Lions, who are tight against next season's salary cap, will create at least $5 million in cap space by releasing Coleman. If they designate him a June 1 cut, they will free up about $9 million in cap room.