Rayner's departure presumably returns the job to veteran Jason Hanson, who missed the second half of last season due to a knee injury. Hanson reported to training camp healthy and has converted both of his field goal attempts this preseason. And any concerns about his kickoffs at age 41 are mitigated by the NFL's offseason adjustment to the 35-yard line.
Rayner made some big kicks for the Lions last season and had converted two of three field goals during the preseason. But the Lions know that as long as Hanson is healthy, he is one of the NFL's top place-kickers.
In addition to Rayner and Bell, the Lions also released a fan favorite in receiver Demario Ballard. The full list is available on the team's website. The Lions must make two more cuts to comply with NFL guidelines by Tuesday.