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  Lions | Release two players    Tue May 3, 05:35 PM

Detroit Lions C Braxston Cave and TE Casey Pierce were waived Tuesday, May 3.


  Lions | Ziggy Ansah's option will top $12 million    Tue May 3, 11:18 AM

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option in 2017 will be worth $12.374 million.

Footballguys view: It's an easy price to pay for a pass-rusher like Ansah. The Lions get him at a bargain price (for one year) before he gets a huge contract as a free agent.

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  Lions | Detroit add several UDFAs    Tue May 3, 02:59 AM

Undrafted free-agents CB Adairius Barnes (Louisiana Tech), WR Jace Billingsley (Eastern Oregon), WR Quinshad Davis (North Carolina), DL James DeLoach (Georgia), DE Deonte Gibson (Northwestern), WR Jay Lee (Baylor), CB Charles Washington (Fresno State), CB Ian Wells (Ohio), TE Cole Wick (Incarnate Word) and OL Andrew Zeller (Maryland) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 2. WR Simms McElfresh (Appalachian State), LB Tyler Roberts (Troy) and DL Roger Stewart (Hillsdale) will also be with the team during rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Lee is the player to highlight here. He's got long arms and can snare passes away from his frame regularly. His game is comparable to that of Chris Chambers, former Dolphins standout wide receiver. In super deep dynasty leagues, we'll be keeping an eye on Lee.

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  Lions | Zaviar Gooden signed    Mon May 2, 01:12 PM

Free-agent LB Zaviar Gooden (Titans) signed with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: With Stephen Tulloch's status in doubt, the Lions make another move at linebacker here. Gooden was a third-round pick of the Titans in the 2013 draft and was released off of injured reserve last year after he tore his hamstring during the preseason. He's no lock to make the final roster.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah's option exercised    Mon May 2, 10:44 AM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.

Footballguys view: This was a no-brainer decision for the Lions. With 30.5 sacks over the last three seasons, Ansah is one of the league's best pass-rushers. The option pays him 12.7 million in 2017 which is an incredibly affordable price with the current market for players like him. We'll see if the Lions can lock him down with a long-term deal as reports indicate they have no plans of doing so.

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  Lions | A'Shawn Robinson goes 46th overall    Fri Apr 29, 08:16 PM

The Detroit Lions selected Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson with the No. 46 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.

Footballguys view: A big, powerful defensive tackle who can help fill out a position the Lions are a bit thin at.

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  Lions | Detroit goes with Taylor Decker    Thu Apr 28, 10:01 PM

The Detroit Lions selected Ohio State OT Taylor Decker with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.

Footballguys view: With LT Riley Reiff in the final year of his rookie contract, they needed to look to the future. Decker can play right tackle and move over to left Reiff leaves.

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  Lions | Kyle Christy signed    Mon Apr 25, 05:29 PM

Undrafted free-agent P Kyle Christy (Florida) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, April 25.


  Lions | Eric Ebron expects bigger role    Sun Apr 24, 05:17 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he hopes to become a safety net for QB Matthew Stafford in 2016 since WR Calvin Johnson decided to retire.

Footballguys view: Ebron is wise to predict a larger role on offense....now we'll see if he can actually do something with a potential increased opportunity. He's a talented tight end with the speed to take the top off the defense, but Ebron will likely be remembered as a player picked before Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants) than for anything he ever does in his pro career.

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  Lions | Detroit cautious with Robert Nkemdiche    Thu Apr 21, 06:02 PM

Mississippi DE Robert Nkemdiche is a red-flag player, according to Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn. Quinn said the Lions must consider his value compared to the risk involved in possibly drafting him. Nkemdiche's draft stock has taken a hit this offseason. He has admitted to being a lazy player and has also been arrested.

Footballguys view: He has on occasion impressed in interviews with teams though, so it could be that he is not taking the hit we think he is. He might be too rich for the Lions at 16, but he will be gone by the end of the round. His size, frame and overall talent make him too good to let slide out of the round.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford won't be traded    Thu Apr 21, 04:54 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will not be traded, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

Footballguys view: We didn't expect him to be. While the Lions need to do a bit of a rebuild, it's not a complete reclamation job. Stafford may not be in the same class as Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, but he's better than solid and if they can replace Calvin Johnson with some good players, he should be fine. We could see him as a nice QB2 next season.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford looks to build on '15    Wed Apr 20, 12:59 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is hopeful he still has a hot hand after he exploded for 20 touchdowns, to only four interceptions, and a 105.1 passer rating in nine games with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter last season.

Footballguys view: Stafford had one of his best seasons as a starter and we are bullish he can keep it up next year....but he lost Calvin Johnson and that will hurt. We think he is a fringe QB1/QB2 without Johnson and hope Golden Tate steps up while the team adds some more receiving weapons.

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  Lions | Kendall Fuller visited Lions    Tue Apr 19, 11:44 AM

Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller met with the Detroit Lions last week.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy works out    Mon Apr 18, 06:00 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) participated in the first day of the offseason program Monday, April 18, after undergoing hip surgery this offseason. It is unclear at this point if Levy will be cleared for football drills next month, however.

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  Lions | Three sign tenders    Mon Apr 18, 05:54 PM

Detroit Lions exclusive free-agent C Braxston Cave, DE Brandon Copeland and S Isaiah Johnson all signed their tender offers to return to the Lions Monday, April 18. Financial terms weren't disclosed.


  Lions | Khyri Thornton re-signs    Fri Apr 15, 05:39 PM

Detroit Lions exclusive rights free-agent DT Khyri Thornton signed his tender offer Friday, April 15. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


  Lions | Glover Quin hopes to attend OTAs    Wed Apr 13, 08:02 PM

Detroit Lions FS Glover Quin (ankle) underwent ankle surgery this offseason. He said he feels good, though, and that his recovery is ahead of schedule. He hopes to be cleared for the start of voluntary workouts next week.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah more prepared     Sun Apr 10, 09:57 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he expects to more consistent in 2016 because he better understands the preparation it takes to succeed in the NFL.

Footballguys view: Abdullah needs to prove that he's more than a change-of-pace back at the pro level. He has the speed and explosiveness to succeed, but he's small and needs to show he has the durability to be consistently available at the pro level.

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  Lions | George Winn re-ups with Lions    Fri Apr 8, 01:29 PM

Detroit Lions exclusive rights free-agent RB George Winn re-signed with the team Friday, April 8.

Footballguys view: Winn is a depth player with limited fantasy value even in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Lions | Best yet to come for Stevan Ridley?    Thu Apr 7, 09:42 PM

Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley said he believes his best years are still ahead of him, and he said he expects to have a similar role to the one he had with the New England Patriots.

Footballguys view: The Lions need some help at running back, though Ameer Abdullah is absolutely legit and could be a workhorse back in 2016. Abdullah is at least an RB2, but if Ridley is healthy, he could cut into the second-year back's carries and have some value as a flex play in the vein of an RB3 or RB4.

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  Lions | Will go year-to-year with Haloti Ngata    Wed Apr 6, 11:10 PM

Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata re-signed for two years at $12 million, but at 32 years old the team will be keeping him on a year-to-year basis. Ngata received a $4 million signing bonus, and $2 million base, which is all guaranteed. The team can then get out of the current deal by cutting him and taking just a $2 million cap hit next offseason.

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  Lions | Wallace Gilberry signing    Mon Apr 4, 05:34 PM

Free-agent DE Wallace Gilberry (Bengals) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, April 4.

Footballguys view: Gilberry is not the same player he used to be..even as a rotational pass-rusher. He's a depth move for the Lions and should have little impact in 2016.

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  Lions | Matthew Mulligan signs    Mon Apr 4, 05:24 PM

Free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Bills) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, April 4, according to a source.

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  Lions | Detroit eyeing QB in draft?    Sun Apr 3, 07:06 PM

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn hinted that the team is looking to take a quarterback to develop in the 2016 NFL Draft. 'I think it's really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,' Quinn said. 'It's such a valuable position, and nowadays in college football, there's a lot of spread offenses, which means it's a lot different than pro football, so it takes these young quarterbacks some time to develop.'

Footballguys view: The Lions haven't taken a QB in the draft since selecting Matthew Stafford with the 1st-overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. They need to start developing someone behind Stafford so they're prepared for the day that Stafford is done with the team. While an early-round QB may not be an option, there are more than a few interesting mid-round prospects who could interest the Lions.

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  Lions | Stevan Ridley's deal for one year    Fri Apr 1, 02:25 PM

Updating an earlier report, Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley signed a one-year deal.

Footballguys view: The Lions wanted some more power to their game. Ridley will compete for a spot on the depth chart with guys like Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner.

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  Lions | Stevan Ridley headed to Lions    Fri Apr 1, 01:43 PM

Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (Jets) announced Friday, April 1, that he's signing with the Detroit Lions.

Footballguys view: Ridley can be an effective banger if healthy. He gives the Lions something that guys like Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick don't have--power. From a fantasy perspective, we don't think Ridley will make that much of an impact in this RBBC.

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  Lions | Bruce Carter visits Lions    Thu Mar 31, 11:44 AM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Buccaneers) is visiting the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 31.

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  Lions | Geoff Schwartz signs with Detroit    Wed Mar 30, 08:53 AM

Free-agent OG Geoff Schwartz (Giants) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, March 30.

Footballguys view: Schwartz will provide depth behind the Lions' young guard duo of Laken Tomlinson and Larry Warford.

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  Lions | Geoff Schwartz to visit    Tue Mar 29, 06:56 PM

Free-agent OG Geoff Schwartz (Giants) will visit the Detroit Lions Wednesday, March 30.

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  Lions | Darrin Walls signs with Lions    Tue Mar 29, 12:30 PM

Free-agent CB Darrin Walls (Jets) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, March 29.

Footballguys view: Walls can play a reserve role at corner, plus he can also play safety if need be. His biggest impact will be felt on special teams.

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  Lions | Stevan Ridley visiting Lions    Tue Mar 29, 09:03 AM

Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (Jets) will visit the Detroit Lions Tuesday, March 29.

Footballguys view: The Lions top two RBs (Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick) are more change-of-pace guys than pile-pushers. The team may want to add a bigger back like Ridley to compete with Zach Zenner in training camp.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson was wearing down    Sat Mar 26, 08:13 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he knew the NFL was 'wearing on' retired WR Calvin Johnson. 'Not to say that I expected it, but I wasn't shocked,' Stafford said Friday, March 25. 'I've known Calvin for seven years and know the effort and the attitude that he plays with, and it takes a toll on people. And he was catching quite a few passes and getting hit quite a bunch, and so it takes a toll.'

Footballguys view: Playing in the NFL is a grind...so is playing in Detroit where hope is a bad word. Johnson may be lured out of retirement someday, but we're not counting on it. It was so much fun watching him play in the pros, but that time is likely over.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah primed to improve    Sat Mar 26, 04:27 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah battled through ball-security issues and an ineffective offensive line as a rookie, but head coach Jim Caldwell believes 'if there's anybody that is going to improve (this year), he's going to improve'.

Footballguys view: Abdullah needs to improve after a disappointing rookie season. He needs to prove that he's more than a change-of-pace back. Abdullah needs to run with more discipline and stay healthy to have a chance to produce more than a RB3/RB4.

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  Lions | Jeremy Kerley joins Lions    Mon Mar 21, 11:15 AM

Free-agent WR Jeremy Kerley (Jets) agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, March 21, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Injuries and inconsistencies hampered Kerley during his time with the Jets. If healthy, Kerley should be able to contribute as a reserve receiver behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah talks freshman struggles     Sun Mar 20, 09:54 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he was immature as a player last season and did not understand the amount of preparation and mental focus it took to play in the National Football league. He also mentioned he beat himself up too much about fumbling the football.

Footballguys view: Years ago, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles turned in a lackluster rookie season only to then become one of the best RBs in all of football. Abdullah may not be on the same level as Charles, but we're not just going to write him off. The Lions should continue to use him at least as a change-of-pace back. If he can stay healthy and prove that he's matured as a runner, then perhaps his role can grow.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones a complete receiver     Sat Mar 19, 09:30 PM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones was used in a variety of ways by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015, catching all 19 of his targets on quick outs and screens, 21 of his 26 targets on comeback routes and eight of his nine targets from the slot.

Footballguys view: Jones has the ability to be a top-20 WR in the NFL. He's replacing Calvin Johnson in the Lions offense, and Jones has big shoes to fill. We'll see if Jones can establish quality chemistry with QB Matthew Stafford in 2016.

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  Lions | Jordan Norwood visits    Fri Mar 18, 05:12 PM

Free-agent WR Jordan Norwood (Broncos) met with the Detroit Lions Friday, March 18, but did not reach an agreement during the visit. He is scheduled to meet with an undisclosed team Monday, March 21.

Footballguys view: Norwood has met with the Lions and the Jets. He's a good slot receiver who can snare passes consistently over the middle. Norwood could also contribute as a return man.

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  Lions | Antwon Blake will visit Detroit    Mon Mar 14, 11:14 PM

Free-agent CB Antwon Blake (Steelers) is scheduled to visit with the Detroit Lions after his visit with the New England Patriots scheduled for Tuesday, March 15.

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  Lions | Tim Wright re-signs    Mon Mar 14, 12:44 PM

Detroit Lions TE Tim Wright re-signed an undisclosed deal with the Lions Monday, March 14.

Footballguys view: The Lions did not tender Wright as a restricted free agent, but they bring him back on what is likely a close-to-the-minimum deal. He's going to compete for a backup role in 2016.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick open to extension    Sun Mar 13, 09:49 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick said he is open to signing a contract extension, though no talks have taken place.

Footballguys view: Riddick is scheduled to make $678,000 this year, but he's set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2017. With his ability as a change-of-pace back, the Lions might want to keep him around longer than that. However, we can't see them paying him a huge price to keep him in Detroit.

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  Lions | Detroit favorites for Russell Okung?     Sat Mar 12, 10:45 AM

Free-agent OT Russell Okung (Seahawks) had a productive visit with the Detroit Lions, and the Lions may be the favorites to sign him.

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  Lions | Rafael Bush agrees to terms    Sat Mar 12, 10:23 AM

Free-agent SS Rafael Bush (Saints) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Saturday, March 12, on a one-year deal worth as much as $2.4 million, according to a source.

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  Lions | Crezdon Butler re-signs    Fri Mar 11, 01:06 PM

Detroit Lions CB Crezdon Butler re-signed an undisclosed deal with the Lions Friday, March 11.

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  Lions | Don Muhlbach re-signs    Fri Mar 11, 01:04 PM

Detroit Lions LS Don Muhlbach re-signed an undisclosed deal with the Lions Friday, March 11.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky re-signs    Fri Mar 11, 12:07 PM

Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky re-signed an undisclosed deal to return to the Lions Friday, March 11.

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  Lions | Rafael Bush visiting Lions    Fri Mar 11, 09:46 AM

Free-agent SS Rafael Bush (Saints) will visit the Detroit Lions Friday, March 11.

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  Lions | Detroit interested in Russell Okung    Thu Mar 10, 08:39 PM

Free-agent OT Russell Okung (Seahawks) is scheduled to meet with the Detroit Lions, according to sources.

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  Lions | Stefan Charles signing    Thu Mar 10, 07:30 PM

Free-agent DT Stefan Charles (Bills) is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 10, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Johnson Bademosi joining Detroit    Thu Mar 10, 06:14 PM

Free-agent CB Johnson Bademosi (Browns) agreed on a two-year deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Tahir Whitehead re-signing    Thu Mar 10, 04:43 PM

Free-agent LB Tahir Whitehead (Lions) is re-signing to an undisclosed contract with the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 10, despite visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, March 10.

Footballguys view: A sharp retention by the Lions as Whitehead was a solid player for them last season. Clearly they gave him ample reason to stay in Detroit.

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