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  Lions | Lance Moore excited to be in Detroit    Thu May 28, 08:24 PM

Detroit Lions WR Lance Moore is excited to be back in the offense led by Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. "This is the offense I had the most success in in my career," said Moore. "I played in this offense for eight years and I think Joe Lombardi was there six or seven of those years that I was there,' Moore said Thursday, May 28.

Footballguys view: Moore played under Lombardi during their time together with the New Orleans Saints. The veteran receiver isn't quite the player he used to be, and we're not expecting much from him even though he's got a fresh start with the Lions.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah contract breakdown    Thu May 21, 02:29 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah signed a four-year, $4.16 million rookie contract that includes $2.29 million in guaranteed money. He received a $1.28 million signing bonus. Abdullah's 2015 and 2016 salaries are fully guaranteed at $435,000 and $573,915, respectively. He will receive a $50,000 reporting bonus in 2015 and workout bonuses of $50,000 in 2017 and 2018.

Footballguys view: Abdullah may start the season behind Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but he's a real threat to steal carries by the end of it. He doesn't have the size and mass to be a three-down running back, but he's quick and accelerates fast. We can expect the other two backs (likely Bell) to get more of the short-yardage work, but Abdullah could see significant work otherwise. He is trending as a mid-round pick right now, and could rise up boards with a solid training camp.

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  Lions | Lance Moore contract details    Thu May 21, 02:22 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Lance Moore signed a one-year contract worth $1.05 million. He will earn a base salary of $970,000 after receiving a $40,000 signing bonus. Moore will receive a $40,000 roster bonus if he makes the Lions' Week 1 roster. Earning the minimum salary benefit means Moore will count $655,000 against Detroit's 2015 salary cap.

Footballguys view: It's going to be hard for Moore to see much in the way of targets with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Eric Ebron, who we are predicting a bigger sophomore season from. Right now he is nothing but a deep-round flier.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah draws odd comparison    Wed May 13, 09:29 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah drew a comparison to Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith Wednesday, May 13, from personal trainer Otis Leverette. 'He reminds me a ton of Steve Smith and you see what he's done in the league,' Leverette said. 'I played with him in (a college) all-star game and played with him in the league for a while, they've kind of got that same thing to them. They just don't know that they're supposed to be small, they don't believe in obstacles. The things that other people see as obstacles, they just see as another day at the office.'

Footballguys view: Um, okay...so there's that. It's unusual to compare a running back to a wide receiver, but we get the point. Abdullah lacks ideal size to be a bellcow runner in the pros. However, he is a willing runner inside who does not shy away from contact. Abdullah is never going to push a pile or consistently run through arm tackles, but he's very dangerous in space. If he gets a crease, he can make a big play happen on a between-the-tackles carry.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch to participate in OTAs?    Wed May 13, 05:09 PM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) plans to be ready for organized team activities later this month. Tulloch is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but said he'll start running more in a couple weeks.

Footballguys view: He can return to OTAs soon, but the team doesn't want him to celebrate anything. Tulloch was injured celebrating a sack last year, and now he's going to be eased back in during OTAs. He'll be near 100 percent at the start of the regular season if the recovery goes as planned.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah signs deal    Wed May 13, 02:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah signed a four-year deal with the team Wednesday, May 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Abdullah is an explosive change-of-pace back who should fill in as the "Reggie Bush" of this offense behind Joique Bell. He has the speed to eat up chunks of yardage in a hurry as a runner in space or as a receiver out of the backfield. Abdullah lacks the ideal size to be a bellcow back at the pro level, but he is an intent runner between the tackles--he's just never going to push the pile or run through arm tackles regularly. He also needs to improve his pass-protection before he is asked to play a larger role on the Lions offense.

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  Lions | Greg Salas signed    Wed May 13, 02:18 PM

Free-agent WR Greg Salas (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Lions just signed Lance Moore earlier this week, and this move for Salas has a similar tone. They are looking for veteran experience and depth at the wide receiver position behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. We like Moore's chances of making the final roster, but we feel Salas faces a larger uphill battle.

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  Lions | Glover Quin restructures    Wed May 13, 09:06 AM

Detroit Lions S Glover Quin restructured his contract Wednesday, May 13, to create $2.17 million of salary cap space. His $4 million base salary was slashed to $745,000 for 2015.

Footballguys view: Quin has emerged as one of the top safeties in the league during his two seasons with the Lions. He's got 10 interceptions over that period and is a valuable asset for their defense. This move gives the Lions some much-needed breathing room on the salary cap. They are paying out more than $17 million in dead money this season and have a total cap number over $151 million according to OverTheCap.com.

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  Lions | Lance Moore signs with Motown    Tue May 12, 01:16 PM

Free-agent WR Lance Moore (Steelers) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Footballguys view: Moore is not the same player he used to be as evidenced by his 2014 season with the Steelers. The Lions have inexperienced--but talented--receivers behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Moore (known mostly for his time in New Orleans) is reunited with former Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, and he gives the team valuable veteran depth at the position.

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  Lions | Corey Wootton visits Allen Park    Mon May 11, 10:28 PM

The Detroit Lions worked out free-agent DT Corey Wootton (Vikings) Monday, May 11, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Wootton is coming off a down season, but he's gotten interest from a few teams this offseason. He should sign with a team before training camp.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah open to any role    Thu May 7, 12:29 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he believes he is an every-down back but is willing to accept any role the team gives him.

Footballguys view: He's got Joique Bell and Theo Riddick in front of him, so the rookie is wisely happy to take whatever scraps the team gives him his first year. The Lions seem to agree he can be an every-down back, so if he looks good in camp he could do well and climb the depth chart in a hurry. Right now though, he's no more than a RB5 with upside. We consider Abdullah a guy who will flash occasionally but could ride your bench to start the season.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah picked by Detroit    Fri May 1, 09:00 PM

The Detroit Lions selected Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah in Round 2 (No. 54 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Another back who goes earlier than expected. He's good, but not terribly psychical and will be firmly behind Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. He's going to be a pure upside pick in rookie drafts and not on many rosters for redraft.

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  Lions | Laken Tomlinson selected 28th overall    Thu Apr 30, 11:04 PM

Duke OG Laken Tomlinson was selected 28th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: Tomlinson hadn't allowed a sack over the last two years. He's a strong player at the point of attack, and he can get good push as a run-blocker.


  Lions | Detroit trades down    Thu Apr 30, 10:40 PM

The Detroit Lions traded the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the Denver Broncos for C Manuel Ramirez, the 28th overall pick, the 143rd overall pick and a 2016 fifth-round pick.

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  Lions | Watching Rodney Austin's status    Sat Apr 25, 02:52 AM

Free-agent C Rodney Austin (Lions) is being watched by the Detroit Lions, who have not ruled out bringing Austin back once his domestic violence issues are sorted out.

Footballguys view: They may be watching his status, but that status may remain in question for a long, long time. Let's be honest, Austin is nothing special and a reserve player at best. There's plenty of street free agents right now who could do what Austin would have done with the Lions had they kept him on the roster.

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  Lions | Rob Sims receives offer    Fri Apr 24, 04:20 PM

Free-agent OG Rob Sims (Lions) has received a contract offer from the Detroit Lions, but the team has not heard back from his agent at this point.

Footballguys view: Sims has been steady for the Lions, who are likely offering him a contract at the veteran minimum. He's seen no interest in free agency, so short of Sims retiring, we imagine his agent will return this call.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch ready    Fri Apr 24, 10:55 AM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he could play Thursday, April 23, if necessary, seven months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: Expect the Lions to take it easy on Tulloch, regardless of how he feels. We can expect some minor work during OTAs and then they'll ease him in during training camp. One would also assume they will ask him to avoid hurting himself again while celebrating.

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  Lions | Two draft prospects visit    Wed Apr 22, 02:54 AM

Virginia S Anthony Harris and Michigan State DE Marcus Rush visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, April 21.

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  Lions | Rodney Austin released    Tue Apr 21, 09:52 AM

Detroit Lions C Rodney Austin was released Tuesday, April 21. Austin is facing charges for assault on a female, assault on a child under 12, misdemeanor larceny and interference with an emergency communication in Mecklenburg County, N.C., online records show.

Footballguys view: Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has said in the past he has a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. Austin was a reserve player--mainly on the practice squad--over the last three years.

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  Lions | Jeremy Ross signs tender    Mon Apr 20, 05:29 PM

Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Ross signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender Monday, April 20.

Footballguys view: Ross is a decent option as a slot receiver and kick/punt returner. He's an explosive athlete who runs like a running back after the catch. Ross had a career-high 24 catches for 314 receiving yards and one touchdown in 2014.

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  Lions | Tre McBride visits    Sat Apr 18, 02:10 AM

William & Mary WR Tre McBride visited the Detroit Lions on Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: McBride can make difficult catches seem routine. Level of competition is a question mark for McBride, and he'll need to show better pad speed on the field.

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  Lions | George Johnson trade update    Wed Apr 15, 02:35 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DE George Johnson and a seventh-round draft choice were traded by the Lions to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice.

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  Lions | Tyrell Williams visits    Tue Apr 14, 02:34 AM

Western Oregon WR Tyrell Williams took a pre-draft visit to the Detroit Lions on Monday, April 13.

Footballguys view: This is a strong draft class of wide receivers, and Williams is one of the small-school sleeper prospects to keep an eye on. At 6'3" 205 pounds, he can fly down the field and set up his route well with good quickness after his break. Williams can snatch the ball out of the air with his strong hands, and he is tough to bring down after the catch. Look for him to be a late-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Lions | Detroit to add help for Joique Bell?     Sun Apr 12, 07:24 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is expected to open the 2015 season as the primary running back, but Detroit is likely to draft another back, and head coach Jim Caldwell said they plan to add the most talented player available, even it means adding a power back.

Footballguys view: The Lions should add a back via the draft this year as it is an incredible class of running backs. They could wait until the mid rounds of the draft and still find a quality talent who could contribute as a part-time player or even as a starter if needed. We like the idea of the Lions adding a big-play back like Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) or Duke Johnson (Miami) in the draft.

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  Lions | Brandon Copeland signs    Thu Apr 9, 08:14 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Copeland (Titans) signed a one-year, $460,000 deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, April 9. He'll have a $435,000 salary and received a $25,000 signing bonus.

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  Lions | Looking long term on Haloti Ngata    Wed Apr 8, 10:57 PM

Detroit Lions NT Haloti Ngata is entering the final year of his deal, and both he and the Lions have said they would like to work out something long term.

Footballguys view: The Lions have $17.4 million of their payroll tied up in dead money this year, an amount good for sixth-most in the league. They were prepared to give Ndamukong Suh a deal worth over $100 million. The Lions can take some of the money they were going to spend on Suh and distribute that to other players like Ngata.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy could get new deal    Wed Apr 8, 10:57 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy is nearing the end of his rookie contract, and team president Tom Leward mentioned Levy as a possible candidate for an extension. "In the case of DeAndre, we haven't even begun conversations with him, so I wouldn't know where those would take us, and we'll see where it goes, but every circumstance is a little bit different," Lewand said.

Footballguys view: Levy has flourished as a star outside linebacker over the last two seasons for the Lions. His 151 tackles in 2014 were good for second-best in the league. Levy can get his hands on interceptions and obviously has a nose for the ball. It would be wise for the Lions to wrap him up with a new long-term deal if at all possible.

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  Lions | Riley Reiff might be extended    Wed Apr 8, 10:56 PM

Detroit Lions OT Riley Reiff is considered part of the team's young nucleus, team president Tom Leward indicated in a town hall meeting last week.

Footballguys view: Reiff is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the team holds a fifth-year option. They have not indicated if they intend to pick up before the May deadline. Reiff could be extended.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah could get new dea    Wed Apr 8, 10:55 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is nearing the end of his rookie contract, and team president Tom Lewand mentioned Ansah as a possible candidate for an extension.

Footballguys view: Ansah has compiled 16 sacks over the last two years. If he continues to develop as a pass-rusher on the outside, the team is going to have to reward him with a big pay day in the near future. They could try to extend him now in order to potentially save some money later.

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  Lions | Darius Slay might get extension    Wed Apr 8, 10:55 PM

Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay was mentioned by team president Tom Lewand as part of the team's young nucleus, and a potential candidate for a contract extension.

Footballguys view: A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Slay has made massive strides as a pro--especially last season. He was the 19th-best cornerback last year according to Pro Football Focus, and Slay could be in for a large pay increase if he continues to develop.

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  Lions | Angelo Blackson in for visit    Wed Apr 8, 02:33 AM

Auburn DT Angelo Blackson was in to visit the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: Blackson is already a mountain of a man, measuring in at 6'4" 318 pounds...and he has room to add more weight to his frame. He's a two-down run-stuffer in the middle of the defense who can free up the linebackers behind him. Blackson won't add much as a pass-rusher and he's likely to be a priority free agent after the draft.

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  Lions | Josh Wilson signs with Detroit    Fri Apr 3, 10:57 AM

Free-agent CB Josh Wilson (Falcons) signed with the Detroit Lions Friday, April 3, on an undisclosed deal.

Footballguys view: Wilson is nothing more than a sub-package player for the Lions. With 85 starts under his belt since entering the league in 2007, Wilson gives Detroit quality veteran depth.

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  Lions | Brandon Copeland chooses Detroit    Thu Apr 2, 10:55 PM

Free-agent LB Brandon Copeland will sign with the Detroit Lions. He also visited the Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.

Footballguys view: Copeland was a notable performer at last month's Veteran Combine. He'll compete for a backup job with the Lions.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron working with Matthew Stafford    Thu Apr 2, 02:16 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron, who the team is expecting big things from in 2015, has traveled to Atlanta this offseason to work on his routes with QB Matthew Stafford. Ebron had just 25 catches for 248 yards in his rookie season, and he missed three games with a hamstring ailment. Head coach Jim Caldwell expects Ebron to take a big step forward in his second year, and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi echoed those sentiments. 'As you look back, if you're self-critical, you might say maybe we asked a little bit too much of him, from that perspective. So I think there's just a volume that he struggled with early, but he was productive and, again, for anybody, the second year's always where you see the biggest jump,' Lombardi said.

Footballguys view: We are looking for an uptick in Ebron's production this season but it's too early to think this team will shift away from a very effective Calvin Johnson-Golden Tate tandem to give Ebron a ton of targets. Until we see more of a gameplan that does that, Ebron should only be considered a TE2.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford to take more chances?    Wed Apr 1, 01:43 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is capable of more in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense, and Lombardi wants Stafford to take more chances at big plays in 2015. 'Our biggest thing is, in order to win football games, you've got to first not lose them, and I thought that he played smart football, and sometimes to a fault,' Lombardi said. 'We'll look for him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football. He's got the arm to do it. He's got the receivers to throw it to.'

Footballguys view: We're certain that more time in this offense will naturally make Stafford more comfortable. Jim Caldwell said recently that the Lions are unlikely to throw more than they did in 2014. The head coach doesn't think Stafford needs to take a huge leap forward for the offense to be successful.

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  Lions | Breshad Perriman visiting Detroit    Wed Apr 1, 10:55 AM

University of Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman is visiting the Detroit Lions Wednesday, April 1.

Footballguys view: Perriman, son of former Lions star Brett Perriman, is an intriguing player in this draft class. He's a big receiver (6'3" 215 pounds) who can explode off the line of scrimmage and take the top off the defense. Perriman relies too much on his physical gifts, and he needs to do a better job of making crisp breaks on his routes. With proper development, he could be a star WR1 in the league.

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  Lions | Bigger role coming for Eric Ebron    Tue Mar 31, 08:56 PM

The Detroit Lions are expecting TE Eric Ebron to make a big jump from his rookie season to year number two. 'Ebron's the guy we're counting on to be that (No. 3 option),' offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday, March 31.

Footballguys view: The team needs Ebron to do more after a disappointing rookie season in 2014. Can you believe the Lions passed on Odell Beckham Jr. to draft this guy? Yeah, that's going to haunt them forever unless Ebron turns into the second coming of Rob Gronkowski. Since that's unlikely to happen, the team will at least try to get as much out of Ebron as possible. He needs to stop playing soft and show more ferocity on the field if he ever wants to play up to his potential.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick's role to expand    Tue Mar 31, 01:22 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will have his role expanded in 2015. The team may opt to draft a running back in the NFL Draft, so how much his role will expand has yet to be determined.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be surprised with this news. Now that Reggie Bush has moved on to the 49ers, the Lions are looking for help at the running back position with Joique Bell. Riddick is a good change-of-pace back, but his fantasy value in 2015 will depend on what caliber of back the Lions add via the draft.

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  Lions | LaAdrian Waddle could start on PUP    Mon Mar 30, 04:49 PM

Detroit Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee) is recovering from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and could start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: Head coach Jim Caldwell said 'it's going to be a little while' before Waddle is return to return. The team is hopeful Waddle can be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford to throw less?    Thu Mar 26, 06:26 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford won't be throwing more than he did last season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said if the Lions are throwing a lot, it could very well mean they'll be playing catch up, something he wants to avoid.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the Lions can have a more effective ground game this year--in addition to playing better defense so they don't fall behind. They have met with Georgia RB Todd Gurley, and he's an option for them in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Gurley reminds us of Marshawn Lynch, and he should be a star in the NFL. He would certainly be an asset for the Lions offense.

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  Lions | DET expecting Eric Ebron to improve    Thu Mar 26, 11:31 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has been impressive with his offseason work, and the team is expecting him to take a significant step in his play next season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: Ebron was a guy who looked like he could have a huge role coming out of college, but he was lost in the shuffle behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. He also needs to haul in more of his targets, having caught only 25 of 47 chances. How large his role will be is hard to say with the players in front of him though, and if you draft him you have to understand Ebron's value could be limited to catching a smaller amount of targets than you'd like to see your tight end get.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch will start    Thu Mar 26, 11:12 AM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) will be the starting middle linebacker when he is able to return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tulloch is making good progress in his rehab but may sit out offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: The Lions need to firm the middle up with the departure of Ndamukong Suh and have to hope that Tulloch is indeed fully healed and doesn't celebrate himself into another injury.

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  Lions | Reached out to Rob Sims    Mon Mar 23, 11:56 PM

The Detroit Lions have reached out to free-agent OG Rob Sims (Lions) about re-signing him.

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  Lions | P.J. Williams visits    Thu Mar 19, 02:00 PM

Florida State CB P.J. Williams met with the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 19.

Footballguys view: The Lions have a decent secondary but Williams is a solid cover corner with good recovery who can work the slot or outside. You can't have too many corners in today's NFL.

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  Lions | Rashean Mathis agrees to terms    Wed Mar 18, 01:18 PM

Free-agent CB Rashean Mathis (Lions) has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, March 18, on a two-year deal worth $3.5 million, according to a source. He is scheduled to make $2 million in 2015.

Footballguys view: Mathis was arguably the best corner remaining on the open market. The Lions needed to find a starter opposite Darius Slay, and they felt Mathis was worth keeping around. Mathis won't count that much against the cap, and he should be able to provide the team with quality play. Last year, Mathis finished the season as the 12th-best corner in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Lions | Detroit meeting with Todd Gurley    Mon Mar 16, 01:05 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley is meeting with the Detroit Lions Monday, March 16.

Footballguys view: Make no bones about it - we love Todd Gurley. His combination of size, power and speed is rare in a running back. Gurley is coming off a knee injury that cut his final season at Georgia short, but he should still be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Lions | Brandon Pettigrew's contract kicks in    Fri Mar 13, 10:00 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew's $2.8 million base salary became guaranteed on the third day of the league year, and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes it is a sign that he will be used a lot in 2015.

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  Lions | Tyrunn Walker signs with Lions    Thu Mar 12, 10:12 PM

Free-agent DT Tyrunn Walker signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 12, reportedly worth $1.75 million.

Footballguys view: Walker is a part-time player who can play inside at tackle or outside at end on the defensive line. This is just part of the plan for the Lions as they rebuild their defensive line this offseason after losing Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins.

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  Lions | Justin Blalock visiting Detroit    Thu Mar 12, 09:17 AM

Free-agent OT Justin Blalock (Falcons) is visiting the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: The Lions are hopeful to find a left guard in free agency. That's where Blalock played for the Falcons over the last eight years. He's a player on the decline, but he might provide the Lions with an inexpensive option at the position.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley won't be back    Wed Mar 11, 12:13 PM

Free-agent DT Nick Fairley (Lions) will not be re-signing with the Detroit Lions after the team traded for DT Haloti Ngata Tuesday, March 10.

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