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  Lions | Phillip Hunt to sign    Thu Feb 26, 04:02 PM

Free-agent DE Phillip Hunt (Eagles) will sign with the Detroit Lions.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick may have better role     Thu Feb 26, 02:17 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick likely will be given the chance to earn a bigger role in the offense next season after the team released RB Reggie Bush.

Footballguys view: When Bush was banged up, Riddick showed he could carry the ball effectively especially catching the ball out of the backfield like Bush did. Expect Joique Bell to run between the tackles and produce decent points that way, but expect Riddick to put up very good PPR points in Bush's old role as well.

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  Lions | George Johnson status resolved    Thu Feb 26, 07:28 AM

Updating a previous report, free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) is considered a restricted free agent by both the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush released    Wed Feb 25, 05:22 PM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush has been cut Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: The rich free agent market for running backs just got another good player in the mix. Bush battled through 11 games as injuries held him back in 2014. The Lions will now save $1.7 million with this move. Bush is not what he once was, but there should be more than a few teams interested in the veteran change-of-pace back.

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  Lions | Jarryd Hayne deal not official yet    Tue Feb 24, 07:08 AM

Free-agent RB Jarryd Hayne (Australian rugby) may not have a deal in place yet with the Detroit Lions after all. The Lions were interested in Hayne as a potential running back, most likely with a Futures contract.

Footballguys view: This rugby star walked away from the game last October so he could focus on making it in the NFL. At 220 pounds, he certainly has the size to be an NFL running back. As a rugby player, there's no doubt he has the toughness needed to play in the league.

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  Lions | George Johnson's free agent status questioned    Tue Feb 24, 02:17 AM

Free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) may or may not be an unrestricted free agent. A player must accumulate four accrued seasons to earn unrestricted free agency, and players must spend six weeks on a 53-man roster to earn an accrued year. Johnson did this in 2011, 2012 and 2014, but in 2013 he was paid for six weeks but was on the Minnesota Vikings' roster for only five.

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  Lions | Positive meeting with Nick Fairley    Sun Feb 22, 08:00 PM

Updating a previous report, representation of Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Nick Fairley and the team met at the NFL Combine Sunday, Feb. 22, and the team expressed an interest in keeping Fairley. The meeting was characterized as being 'very positive.'

Footballguys view: The Lions did not pick up Fairley's fifth-year option, so he's set to be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins. They could bring him back to Detroit, depending on how much his new contract is--and on how much they spend on Ndamukong Suh.

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  Lions | Jarryd Hayne signs    Sun Feb 22, 07:46 AM

Jarryd Hayne, a rugby superstar in Australia, has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions. The deal is expected to be a Futures contract. Hayne will likely be used as a running back.

Footballguys view: An interesting move for the Lions here. Reggie Bush has seen film on this guy and thinks he has the skills to play at the NFL level. Hayne had also drawn interest from the 49ers and the Seahawks.

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  Lions | George Johnson to receive tender offer    Sat Feb 21, 02:25 PM

Detroit Lions restricted free-agent DE George Johnson will receive a tender offer from the team, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

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  Lions | Met with Nick Fairley    Sat Feb 21, 08:49 AM

Impending free-agent DT Nick Fairley's agent met with the Detroit Lions Friday, Feb. 20.

Footballguys view: In four years, Fairley has never played a full 16-game season. With only 13.5 sacks in his career, Fairley has a name and potential. The Lions are going to be cautious when considering a deal that would keep him in Detroit.

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  Lions | DET met with Matt Prater's agent    Sat Feb 21, 02:49 AM

Free-agent PK Matt Prater (Lions) had his agent meet with general manager Martin Mayhew at the NFL Scouting Combine Friday, Feb. 20.

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  Lions | Want to bring back Rashean Mathis    Sat Feb 21, 02:46 AM

Free-agent CB Rashean Mathis (Lions) is wanted back on the team by general manager Martin Mayhew, who praised Mathis for his position versatility.

Footballguys view: Mathis has rejuvenated his career with the Lions, and bringing him back would make a lot of sense. A 16-game starter in 2014, Mathis graded out as the 12th-best cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus. He racked up 51 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush's status is up in the air    Thu Feb 19, 04:28 PM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush may be let go this offseason, according to general manager Martin Mayhew, but nothing is certain as the situation stands. 'No, we haven't made a determination at this point,' Mayhew said. 'Anybody on our roster, there's a lot of futures up in the air.' Bush has two years left on his current contract and is due $3.25 in base pay this season.

Footballguys view: There is a lot of money to be paid on on defense if the Lions want to keep most of their defensive line together. Ndamukong Suh alone could command quite a bit of money. The question is, do the Lions think that Joique Bell and Theo Riddick can carry the load? Bush himself hasn't been as big an impact player in the last season and he might not recover the form that got him his last contract. Ultimately, it might not be a big step down from Bush to Riddick/Bell.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush's future still unknown    Wed Feb 18, 03:13 PM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush's status is still uncertain at this point in the offseason, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

Footballguys view: There is speculation that Bush may be asked to take a pay cut or be released. At this time, it could go either way. Stay tuned, we'll keep you updated when we hear something new.

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  Lions | Coach impressed with Nick Fairley    Tue Feb 17, 12:32 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Nick Fairley received praise from defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who was impressed with how Fairley handled a demotion coming out of training camp, and even more impressed with how Fairley dealt with working his way back from an injury during the regular season, and staying in shape during that time.

Footballguys view: That's awesome, but it doesn't mean Fairley is coming back to the Lions. In four years, Fairley has never played a full 16-game season. With only 13.5 sacks in his career, Fairley has a name and potential. That might be enough for someone to take a chance on him with a lucrative deal.

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  Lions | Tag upcoming for Ndamukong Suh?    Mon Feb 16, 02:36 PM

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh could have a franchise tag or transition tag used on him between Monday, Feb. 16, and Monday, March 2. The Lions would need to pay Suh $26.7 million in order to tag him, potentially limiting their moves in free agency and the NFL Draft.

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  Lions | Kellen Moore not expected to receive offer    Thu Feb 12, 03:18 PM

Detroit Lions impending restricted free-agent QB Kellen Moore is not expected to receive a tender offer from the team this offseason.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be shocked by this. Moore was a good college quarterback, but his weak arm does not translate to the NFL level.

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  Lions | Josh Bynes will not receive tender offer    Thu Feb 12, 03:17 PM

Detroit Lions impending restricted free-agent LB Josh Bynes has been informed that he will not receive a tender offer from the team, but the Lions would like to re-sign him this offseason.

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  Lions | Justin Forsett might be option for Lions    Thu Feb 12, 12:36 AM

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent RB Justin Forsett might be an option for the Detroit Lions. Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell pointed to the running game as an area that needs improving in 2015, and Caldwell and general manager Martin Mayhew have been non-committal on whether Reggie Bush will be back.

Footballguys view: Forsett had career-best numbers in 2014 with the Ravens. The journeyman veteran is now going to hit the open market--even though the Ravens would be an option to bring him back for 2015. We only see Forsett as an option if Bush is bounced.

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  Lions | Detroit non-committal on Reggie Bush    Thu Feb 12, 12:35 AM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush is under contract for the 2015 season, but neither head coach Jim Caldwell nor general manager Martin Mayhew would commit to bringing Bush back after an injury-riddled 2014 season.

Footballguys view: Something's gotta give here. Bush has a cap number of $5.2 million in 2015, and there is $3.5 million left in dead money. We'll see what happens with Bush in the near future.

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  Lions | Tajh Boyd working out for Lions    Mon Feb 9, 08:21 PM

Free-agent QB Tajh Boyd is expected to work out for the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Feb. 10, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Boyd is an athletic player with a strong arm. However, he does have trouble accurately and consistently hitting his targets.

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  Lions | Ndamukong Suh deal voided for 2015    Sat Feb 7, 03:22 AM

Detroit Lions DL Ndamukong Suh had his 2015 contract year voided. Absent a franchise or transition tag, Suh becomes a free agent when the 2015 league year starts on Tuesday, March 10.

Footballguys view: Suh is set to be one of the highest paid free agents in this entire class. He had a cap number of $22.4 million last year, and there's not going to be any sort of home-town discount. Suh is looking to become the NFL's highest-paid defender, topping J.J. Watt's six-year, $100 million extension that included $51.8 million in guarantees. Let the bidding war ensue!

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  Lions | Darren Keyton re-signs    Fri Feb 6, 05:22 PM

Free-agent OG Darren Keyton (Lions) re-signed with the Detroit Lions Friday, Feb. 6.


  Lions | Darren Keyton waived    Tue Feb 3, 05:38 PM

The Detroit Lions waived OG Darren Keyton Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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  Lions | Waived Ifeanyi Momah     Tue Feb 3, 05:33 PM

The Detroit Lions waived TE Ifeanyi Momah Tuesday, Feb. 3, with failure to disclose a physical condition designation.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson to avoid surgery    Mon Feb 2, 01:40 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will not require surgery for a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 3, he said prior to the NFL Honors ceremony Saturday, Jan. 31.

Footballguys view: Good news for Johnson here as he just needs time away to heal properly. Johnson says he will be taking the time to strengthen the problematic areas.

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  Lions | Met with four prospects    Thu Jan 22, 05:21 AM

The Detroit Lions scheduled interviews with DT Danny Shelton (Washington), CB Doran Grant (Ohio State), CB Quinten Rollins (Miami Ohio) and QB Bryce Petty (Baylor) during Senior Bowl activities.

Footballguys view: The Lions are always looking for an edge in the secondary and could have to replace Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley this offseason (both are free agents) so all these make sense. Petty could get looked at as a backup right now. According to our very own Cecil Lammey and Matt Waldman, Petty has struggled to impress during the week of practice in Mobile.

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  Lions | Joique Bell undergoes surgery    Tue Jan 20, 11:14 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had minor surgery last week to clean up his knee and Achilles' tendon.

Footballguys view: Bell is going to heal, rest and then get back on the road to recovery. He is expected to return in time for organized offseason workouts. When he does return, we expect the Lions to ease him back into action.

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  Lions | Teryl Austin expected to stay in Detroit    Wed Jan 14, 10:37 PM

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin interviewed with the Chicago Bears for the head coaching position Tuesday, Jan. 13, but he is now expected to remain with the Lions as the defensive coordinator.

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  Lions | Nevin Lawson expected to be ready for camp    Sun Jan 11, 01:33 PM

Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson (toes) may not be ready for the start of offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

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  Lions | Rob Sims hopes to return    Sat Jan 10, 09:25 AM

Detroit Lions impeding free-agent OG Rob Sims said he would like to re-sign with the team this offseason and is willing to wait until the team makes a decision on what to do with DT Ndamukong Suh.

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  Lions | Jermelle Cudjo signs    Fri Jan 9, 04:55 PM

The Detroit Lions signed free-agent DT Jermelle Cudjo (Chiefs) to a Reserve/Futures contract Friday, Jan. 9.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford had a lot on his plate    Fri Jan 9, 12:49 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford handled himself well despite all of the things offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi threw at him in their first season together. "Looking back, I kind of try to drop maybe some responsibilities on him that maybe a quarterback like Drew (Brees) didn't get until four years into the system in New Orleans," Lombardi said. "We asked a lot of him and he responded. There is a tax when you ask a quarterback maybe to do that much and the more comfortable he gets the lower that tax will be." Injuries and an inconsistent offensive line led Lombardi to give Stafford more responsibilities than he initially intended. Stafford's 12 interceptions was a career low, and he finished the season with a 60.3 completion percentage, which was the second highest mark in his career. His 4,257 yards were the fifth most in team history.

Footballguys view: Stafford has to win in the postseason. Period. He's put up 'Star Wars' numbers in the regular season before. He's made plenty of mistakes as a passer...and he still does (throwing off his back foot, staring down receivers, throwing into coverage). Yes, he has plenty on his plate but so does every other QB in the league. If Stafford wants to take the next step, he must improve.

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  Lions | Jarryd Hayne deal not yet finalized    Thu Jan 8, 02:31 AM

Rugby star Jarryd Hayne was not among the 12 players who signed Reserve/Futures contracts this week, but the team still intends on signing Hayne to a deal once work visa issues are cleared up.

Footballguys view: An interesting prospect for fantasy owners in deep dynasty leagues to watch. Hayne is considered the best player in Australia's National Rugby League, and he is expected to play running back in the NFL.

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  Lions | Crezdon Butler signed    Wed Jan 7, 05:35 PM

The Detroit Lions signed CB Crezdon Butler (Buccaneers) to a Reserve/Futures contract Wednesday, Jan. 7.

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  Lions | Michael Williams signed to Futures deal    Wed Jan 7, 07:39 AM

Updating a previous list, the Detroit Lions signed OT Michael Williams to a Reserve/Futures contract Tuesday, Jan. 6. Eleven players had previously inked Futures deals.

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  Lions | 11 signed to Futures deals    Tue Jan 6, 06:02 PM

The Detroit Lions signed C Taylor Boggs, C Braxston Cave, WR Skye Dawson, LB Jerrell Harris, DT Kerry Hyder, RB Emil Igwenagu, DB Nate Ness, WR Andrew Peacock, DT Roy Philon, DT Xavier Proctor and TE Jordan Thompson to Reserve/Futures deals Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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  Lions | Travis Swanson expected to be fine    Mon Jan 5, 06:22 PM

Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson (knee) suffered a knee injury in the wild-card playoff game, but it is believed to be minor. He is expected to be ready for offseason workouts and may not need surgery on the knee.

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  Lions | Rashean Mathis checks back in    Sun Jan 4, 07:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions CB Rashean Mathis (quadriceps) was able to check back into the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter. He left earlier due to a quadriceps injury.

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  Lions | Brandon Pettigrew sidelined    Sun Jan 4, 06:59 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (head) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter to be evaluated for concussion.

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  Lions | Tahir Whitehead leaves game    Sun Jan 4, 06:58 PM

Detroit Lions CB Tahir Whitehead (illness) checked out of the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys due to dehydration issues.

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  Lions | Don Carey battling dehydration    Sun Jan 4, 06:58 PM

Detroit Lions FS Don Carey (illness) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, due to dehydration issues. He has since checked back into the game.

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  Lions | Rashean Mathis nursing injury    Sun Jan 4, 05:44 PM

Detroit Lions CB Rashean Mathis (quadriceps) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys due to a quadriceps injury.

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  Lions | Week 18 Inactives    Sun Jan 4, 03:13 PM

The Detroit Lions have declared WR Ryan Broyles, DL Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, DL Caraun Reid, CB Josh Thomas, OG Larry Warford, DE Larry Webster inactive for Week 18.

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  Lions | Ben Heenan tries out    Sun Jan 4, 07:50 AM

The Detroit Lions worked out OT Ben Heenan in the past couple days, and they also brought in DB Delvin Breaux for a visit.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson probable against Cowboys    Fri Jan 2, 04:51 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Jan. 2, and is probable for the team's wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 4.

Footballguys view: The Lions need Johnson to go nuts if they want to advance against the Cowboys. The Dallas defense is sound schematically, but it will be tough to match up against Johnson (as it is for everybody).

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  Lions | Wild-card injury report    Fri Jan 2, 04:39 PM

Detroit Lions OG Larry Warford (knee) has been ruled out for the team's wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 4. DT Nick Fairley (knee) is doubtful, while DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) and DE Darryl Tapp (non-injury) are probable. Warford didn't practice Friday, Jan. 2. Ansah and Fairley were limited, while Tapp practiced in full.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson to face Brandon Carr    Fri Jan 2, 04:20 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is expected to be covered by Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr in the wild-card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 4. The last time the two faced off last year, Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. Carr was often left on an island against Johnson last year, when QB Matthew Stafford threw for 488 yards. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said the Cowboys will make Johnson more of a focal point in their game plan this time around. 'I think we're going to be able to maybe give (Carr) more help than we did,' Marinelli said. 'And I feel like Brandon is a terrific corner and he's up for this challenge, but as a staff we've got to find ways to help him.'

Footballguys view: The Cowboys are going to do their best to slow down Johnson. However, the Lions best bet to win this contest is targeting Johnson early and often.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley not cleared    Fri Jan 2, 01:29 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) was not cleared for team drills Friday, Jan. 2. Fairley only participated in individual drills.

Footballguys view: Fairley is hopeful that he can play, but it seems like he's a longshot. We'll see if he can be cleared by the time Sunday's game against the Cowboys rolls around.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley hopes to play Sunday    Fri Jan 2, 12:17 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) is hoping to play in the Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 4, after practicing Thursday, Jan. 1. Earlier in the week, head coach Jim Caldwell said it'd be 'a miracle' if Fairley played Sunday. 'I feel real comfortable,' Fairley said. 'End of the day felt good. I didn't feel like I had a minor setback or none of that. The knee felt pretty good.' Fairley is now down to 290 pounds.

Footballguys view: Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin doesn't think Fairley is at game-level fitness yet, but he still thinks his fitness level is good enough to play. Austin said Fairley would play in a limited role if he's active, since he hasn't played since Week 8.

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