​The ​Detroit Lions are cutting ties with one of their veteran defensive backs. The team's set to release cornerback ​Nevin Lawson, allowing the 27-year-old to enter free agency ahead of the 2019 campaign.


Lawson was due to make just less than $5 million in 2019, and the Lions weren't ready to hand him that kind of money. 

Lawson started 14 games for Detroit in 2018, defending five passes, but failing to record an interception. He logged 53 tackles and 1.0 sacks on the season. 


He was initially drafted by Detroit in the fourth round (No. 133 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Utah State. 


Lawson will enter free agency for the first time in his career. Cutting Lawson from the team results in a dead cap hit of $1.125 million, but ultimately saves the team more than $4.5 million. 

In Lawson's five seasons in the NFL, the defensive back has yet to record an interception. He's appeared in 62 games, 54 of which he started, but has yet to come down with a pick. The Lions couldn't justify handing Lawson a big paycheck without results.