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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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  Lions | Close to re-signing Isa Abdul-Quddus    Tue Mar 10, 09:57 PM

The Detroit Lions are close to re-signing SS Isa Abdul-Quddus, one of the team's most valuable special teams players.

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  Lions | Josh Bynes re-signs    Tue Mar 10, 04:43 PM

Detroit Lions LB Josh Bynes re-signed with the team Tuesday, March 10. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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  Lions | Haloti Ngata acquired    Tue Mar 10, 03:58 PM

Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata has been traded to the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Lions needed to add DT talent after losing Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins in free agency. Ngata is a disruptive player like Suh, and he can regularly eat up double teams and create interior pressure.

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  Lions | Made big offer for Ndamukong Suh    Mon Mar 9, 05:58 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh was offered $17 million per year with $58 million guaranteed to re-sign with the Lions, according to a team source.

Footballguys view: The Lions wanted to keep Suh around, but Miami outbid them. Suh is expected to sign a deal that would surpass $110 million with the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, March 10.

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  Lions | May look at Dan Williams    Sun Mar 8, 02:30 AM

Free-agent DL Dan Williams (Cardinals) may be approached by the Detroit Lions if the team loses DE Ndamukong Suh to free agency.

Footballguys view: The move for Williams would make a ton of sense if Suh moves on. With teams like the Dolphins, Raiders and Chargers lined up around the block for Suh, we think he's done in Detroit. Williams is a huge body who takes up space naturally and can stuff the run with ease.

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  Lions | New backfield mate for Joique Bell?    Sat Mar 7, 12:40 AM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell could have company in the backfield if the team acts on its interest and signs free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills).

Footballguys view: Adding Spiller would hurt Theo Riddick's fantasy value. The Lions moved on from Reggie Bush, and they are looking for more talent in the backfield.

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  Lions | Jeremy Ross tendered    Fri Mar 6, 10:25 PM

The Detroit Lions tendered exclusive-rights free agent WR Jeremy Ross a contract Friday, March 6. The contract will be for $660,000.

Footballguys view: Ross can make plays in space, but he has little fantasy value.

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  Lions | George Johnson receives tender    Fri Mar 6, 10:24 PM

The Detroit Lions informed restricted free-agent DE George Johnson Friday, March 6, that he will receive a low-round contract tender. He will make about $1.54 million in 2015 if he accepts the tender.

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  Lions | Matt Prater re-signs with Lions    Fri Mar 6, 12:06 PM

Detroit Lions PK Matt Prater signed a three-year, $9 million contract extension Friday, March 6.

Footballguys view: Prater got booted from the Broncos last year and he ended up with the Lions for a few games. The Lions get a good kicker for a good price, and Prater gets to kick inside at Ford Field.

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  Lions | Garrett Reynolds will hit market    Fri Mar 6, 07:23 AM

Free-agent OL Garrett Reynolds (Lions) is expected to test the free agent market when it opens Tuesday, March 10.

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  Lions | Ndamukong Suh to become DE?    Thu Mar 5, 06:01 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh, who has been a three-technique defensive tackle his entire career so far, could be looked at by teams with a 3-4 defensive scheme with the idea of moving him to defensive end. The Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins are all expected to pursue Suh.

Footballguys view: The problem is you risk hurting a good thing when you mess with what a player does. It could work out, or it could ruin his value. Teams will have to weigh the risk.

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  Lions | Not giving up on Ndamukong Suh    Wed Mar 4, 07:39 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh has had productive talks with the team this week, and the Lions are focused on trying to retain him, even though it will be tough.

Footballguys view: The Lions didn't want to lock Suh in with the franchise tag because it would have cost them in excess of $20 million in 2015. They'll keep the lines open, but we could see a few teams break the bank to add the disruptive defensive tackle.

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  Lions | Steven Williams added to coaching staff    Tue Mar 3, 02:30 PM

Former Penn State assistant coach Steven Williams has joined the Detroit Lions staff as their defensive quality control coach.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky re-signs    Mon Mar 2, 03:50 PM

Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky was re-signed Monday, March 2. Details of the contract were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Orlovsky will once again be the backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford. We wouldn't expect a whole lot if Orlovsky was forced into the starting lineup due to injury. Even his dynasty value in the deepest of leagues is barely existent.

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  Lions | Darryl Tapp re-signed    Mon Mar 2, 02:18 PM

Detroit Lions LB Darryl Tapp re-signed a one-year, $870,000 deal with an $80,000 signing bonus Monday, March 2.

Footballguys view: It's not a lot of money for veteran depth. At this point in his career, that's what Tapp will give the Lions...if he makes the final roster.

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  Lions | No tag for Ndamukong Suh    Mon Mar 2, 09:39 AM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh will not receive the franchise tag Monday, March 2.

Footballguys view: The Lions must feel pretty confident that they're going to keep Suh around with a new contract. If he hits the open market on March 10th, Suh will be one of the hottest names available. Teams can start negotiating with soon-to-be free agents on March 7th, so the clock is ticking for the Lions to get something done.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch ahead of schedule    Sun Mar 1, 12:59 PM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and that his knee feels stronger than it did before the injury.

Footballguys view: Be careful when celebrating a sack. Tulloch wants to return to the Lions, but the veteran could potentially be asked to restructure his deal as Detroit needs more money to sign Ndamukong Suh. The Lions would save $3.2 million by releasing Tulloch.

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  Lions | Don Muhlbach agrees to new deal    Fri Feb 27, 04:14 PM

Detroit Lions LS Don Muhlbach has agreed to a new one-year deal with the Lions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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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.

Footballguys view: He's a longshot, but one the Lions felt was worth taking. Hunt was with the Eagles in Philadelphia when current Lions defensive line coach Jim Washburn was there. Hunt has not played in two seasons. He injured his ACL in 2013 and missed the entire year. Last season, the Colts took a shot on him but he was cut from the team before Week 1.

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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.

Footballguys view: Johnson had played parts of the last five years in the NFL, so his status as a free agent was up in the air. At age 27, Johnson could interest some teams--even as a restricted free agent--depending on his tender level.

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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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