We've already heard that the Lions have expressed strong interest in Reggie Bush (LINK), but it is hard to imagine them stepping up to the plate and paying him the kind of money he will be seeking in free agency.
The other speed options on the market are limited. An intriguing possibility, Chris Ivory, is likely off the table after the restricted free agent was tendered a second-round contract by the Saints on Friday.
Stephens-Howling has above-average speed and shown the ability to consistently make tacklers miss. He has big-play potential and would be a cheaper, change-of-pace back.
Outside of Bush, Woodhead is the fastest player available. A diminutive, fan favorite in New England, he ran a 4.33 second 40-yard dash coming out of college. He's also a proven weapon coming out of the backfield, catching 40 balls for 446 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.
The Lions salary cap situation was helped last month when two players -- center Dominic Raiola and wide receiver Nate Burleson -- took pay cuts that saved the team a combined $5.5 million for 2013. Prior to that, the Lions had actually been over the cap, which is not a good place to be when you are trying to land a top-tier free agent running back.
What will happen when the ball drops at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday? Martin Mayhew has his work cut out for him, and there are likely to be a couple more roster moves for the Lions before then. Stay tuned...