Lions Rumors & News

  • Ex-Lions QB Kramer gets help after suicide attempt after years of pain

    USA Today "Erik Kramer flew home to California last July, after finishing a month-long stay at the Eisenhower Center rehabilitation facility in Ann Arbor, and almost immediately began planning his death. Kramer, who quarterbacked the Detroit Lions in 1990-93 and led the team to its only playoff victory..." May 22

  • Matthew Stafford didn't push Calvin Johnson to keep playing, expects WR to stay retired

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a strong suspicion Calvin Johnson might be playing his final season last year. After seven years together, you tend to get a sense for these kinds of things. "I had some inklings, and some conversations with him, and I know him well enough to know..." May 20

  • James Ihedigbo: 'I plan to be playing football this year'

    Detroit Free Press "James Ihedigbo lost his starting job with the Detroit Lions late last year and was told by the team early this off-season that he didn't fit into their plans for 2016, but the veteran safety said today that he's not yet ready to retire from the NFL. "If I was retiring, I would have said I was..." May 19

  • Report: NFL to move Pro Bowl to Orlando

    Orlando Sentinel "The National Football League is moving its Pro Bowl all-star game to Orlando, according to a report by Bloomberg.com. The Bloomberg report cited three people familiar with the matter confirming that Orlando has beaten out the event's traditional home of Honolulu, as well as Houston and Sydney,..." May 19

  • Jahvid Best hopes to represent St. Lucia in the Olympics

    Pro Football Talk "A recent roundup of NFL players trying to get to the Olympics mentioned a very intriguing name: Former Lions running back Jahvid Best. Best, a first-round pick of the Lions in 2010 (they traded up to get him) who last played in the NFL during the notorious Schwartz/Harbaugh pushy-shovy game..." May 19

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

  • Ranking NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders

    Tennessean "Optimism is never in short supply throughout the NFL offseason, even for the league's most moribund franchises. In a parity-driven league, a sudden rise never seems far off. The Washington Redskins were last season's lone worst-to-first story, but they proved it's possible to shed the standards..." May 17

  • Dolphins sign Jason Jones to reported 1-year deal

    The Score "The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran defensive end Jason Jones, agent Mike McCartney announced Monday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Jones is joining the club on a one-year contract worth over $1.5 million that includes more than $1 million in guarantees, reports Ian Rapoport..." May 16

  • Offensive coordinator change case study

    NFL.com "For the Detroit Lions’ offense, last year’s jolting mid-season change in coordinators paid dividends on two fronts, but there are challenges ahead that will determine whether it will be sustained and produce long-term success. The history of three other in-season changes of offensive..." May 16

  • Best offseason acquisitions for all 32 NFL teams

    ESPN "From free agents to coaches and draft picks to general managers, NFL Nation reporters select the top offseason pickup for every team: AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson Drafting Lawson at No. 19 overall was a steal for the Bills -- general manager Doug Whaley never..." May 16

  • Dolphins Will Reportedly Sign Jason Jones

    The Phinsider "With the May 12th deadline that would affect future compensatory picks having passed (no picks made after the 12th figure into the calculations for compensatory picks awarded by the NFL in 2017), the Miami Dolphins will reportedly be signing former Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawk, and Detroit..." May 14

  • Lions release Lamar Holmes, sign undrafted DL Louis Palmer

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions drafted three offensive linemen including first-round tackle Taylor Decker, which cut down on the space available for some other players vying for roster spots this offseason. One of those players was dropped from the roster altogether on Friday. The Lions announced that they have..." May 13

  • Detroit Lions share their 'positive' history with rookies

    Detroit Free Press "A’Shawn Robinson got a crash course in Detroit Lions history from his roommate at Alabama, Christopher Posa, an unabashed Lions fan and walk-on offensive lineman who went to high school at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. But while Posa’s lessons were mostly about the modern-day franchise, Robinson and..." May 11

  • 10 players on the roster bubble heading into training camp

    The Score "The most exciting stage of free agency has come and gone, but there are still plenty of moves to be made before the 2016 season gets underway. With the NFL draft now in the books, and teams having added plenty of competition to their respective rosters, a number of veteran players will be..." May 11

  • Study reveals interesting data about NFL player suicide rate

    The Comeback "According to government research, NFL players are less likely to commit suicide than the average man in the general population. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed research on over 3,000 retired players, and that research showed that NFL players were less likely..." May 11

  • 10 NFL players who are destined for breakout seasons in 2016

    USA Today "As rookie camps and OTAs get going around the league, prepare yourself for hype season. You know, that’s the time of the year when you start to hear that Young Player X is dominating in practice and primed for a big year. We’ve picked out ten players who will undoubtedly create that buzz over the..." May 11

  • A'Shawn Robinson signs rookie contract with the Detroit Lions

    Pride Of Detroit "On Friday, the Detroit Lions signed nine of their 10 rookies from the 2016 NFL Draft, along with a number of undrafted free agents. However, the Lions drafted ten this year: Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson was the only rookie to not have his contract signing announced on Friday. Well, the wait is..." May 10

  • Lions sign Middle Tennessee OL Darius Johnson

    Detroit News "One of the Lions' tryout players must've been impressive during rookie minicamp this weekend. The Lions announced the signing of offensive lineman Darius Johnson on Sunday after the conclusion of the three days of practice. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Johnson played both tackle and guard during..." May 09

  • Detroit Lions trade for Patriots linebacker Jonathan Bostic

    Pride Of Detroit "While we continue to wait for the next chapter in the Stephen Tulloch saga, the Detroit Lions added another linebacker to their roster on Monday. The team announced they have traded for New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Bostic, sending an undisclosed draft pick to the Patriots. ESPN's Field..." May 09

  • N.F.L. Concussion Payouts Have Lenders Circling

    New York Times "The offers seem too good to pass up: Loans worth tens of thousands of dollars with no money down and no time limit for paying it back. The main catch, sometimes buried in the fine print, is the interest rate of 40 percent or higher. “We take the weight off your shoulders,” reads one pitch,..." May 09

  • Stephen Tulloch hasn’t been released by the Lions, but could be soon

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions told linebacker Stephen Tulloch in February that he’ll be released. Three months later, he hasn’t been. General Manager Bob Quinn, appearing on Monday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, acknowledged that “there is a chance” Tulloch will be a Lion in 2016. However, a source with knowledge..." May 09

  • Detroit Lions' Miles Killebrew lives up to ‘Killa’ nickname

    Detroit Free Press "Miles Killebrew made enough big hits in his four years at Southern Utah to earn the nickname “Killa,” but one pop in particular stands out to his former coach, Jernaro Gilford. In a Week 3 game against Northern Colorado last season, with Southern Utah 0-2 and in dire need of its first win,..." May 08

  • For now, Lions' Taylor Decker lines up at left tackle

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions insist they haven’t decided yet which side of the offensive line first-round pick Taylor Decker will man this fall, but for now they’re playing the Ohio State product at left tackle. Decker, the 16th overall pick in last month’s draft, opened rookie minicamp Friday playing the..." May 08

  • Jim Caldwell, Lions continue to deflect questions about Stephen Tulloch

    ESPN "Stephen Tulloch has been on the Detroit Lions roster for months now, even though the franchise told him he won’t be part of the team’s plans in 2016. And despite knowing that, the Lions have kept Tulloch on the roster for reasons apparently only known to the Lions brass and potentially Tulloch..." May 08

  • Lions sign 1st-round pick Taylor Decker

    The Score "The Detroit Lions announced the signing of nine 2016 draft picks Friday, including first-round selection Taylor Decker. The deal is for four years and includes the fifth-year option that's part of the contract for every first-round draft pick." May 06

  • Lions sign 12 undrafted free agents

    Pro Football Talk "The names have been floating around for the last couple of days, but the Lions formally announced their list of 12 undrafted free agent signings on Friday. Among the names on the list is Ohio State offensive lineman Chase Farris, who got $20,000 in guaranteed money to sign with the team. Farris..." May 06

  • Father of Breshad Perriman, former NFL receiver Brett Perriman, on life support

    Baltimore Sun "Former NFL receiver Brett Perriman, the father of the Ravens’ 2015 first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman, is on life support in a Miami-area hospital, according to several reports. Jason Cole, an NFL reporter for Bleacher Report, wrote that Brett Perriman suffered a brain..." May 06

  • Lions sign ex-Broncos WR Andre Caldwell; release tight end

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions continue to add receivers after missing out on the position in this year's draft. Their most recent addition is longtime veteran Andre Caldwell, who was signed on Wednesday according to ProFootballTalk. They also acquired Baylor's Jay Lee, North Carolina's Quinshad Davis and..." May 05

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Lions Exercise DE Ziggy Ansah’s Fifth-Year Option

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Lions have exercised their fifth-year option on DE Ziggy Ansah. The fifth-year option will run the Lions $12.7 million in 2017, but this figure is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next..." May 02

  • Lions' Bob Quinn refutes Vernon Butler, says team made no promises to prospects

    Michigan Live "Defensive tackle Vernon Butler said the Detroit Lions told him they would draft him with the No. 16 pick in the first round before the team selected Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker. On Saturday, Lions general manager Bob Quinn emphatically denounced that accusation. "No one from my..." May 01

  • Lions draft first QB since taking Stafford first overall in 2009

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have drafted a quarterback for the first time since taking Matthew Stafford first overall in 2009 and they didn’t have to look far to find him. Detroit ended the longest current drought without picking a quarterback by selecting Jake Rudock with the 191st pick in the draft. Rudock..." April 30

  • Lions GM says ruling out players who have smoked pot would eliminate 'half the board'

    Fox Sports "While NFL teams, fans and Laremy Tunsil himself try to make sense of Thursday night's bizarre events, Lions general manager Bob Quinn at least helps to shed light on how marijuana use is weighed in the evaluative process, at least in Detroit. "I think you have to take everything into..." April 29

  • Lions GM: If prospects eliminated for marijuana use, half the draft board gone

    ESPN "When Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn was asked how big an issue he believes marijuana usage is when it comes to evaluating the draft board, he gave a pretty frank answer: If marijuana were a reason to pull a player off the board, it would be a much emptier draft board, he said. "I think..." April 29

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  • Lions select OSU's Taylor Decker with 16th pick in NFL draft

    Detroit Free Press "With his first pick as general manager, Bob Quinn took an offensive lineman. The Detroit Lions selected Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 16th pick in tonight’s NFL draft. The Lions entered the draft with 10 picks and needs on both lines and in the secondary, and they moved..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn: Robert Nkemdiche is a red-flag player

    Detroit Free Press "There aren't many players with more talent in this year's NFL draft than Robert Nkemdiche. There aren't many players with more off-field concerns, either. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn acknowledged in his predraft news conference today that Nkemdiche, a defensive tackle from Ole Miss,..." April 22

  • Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn says he won't trade Matthew Stafford

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions will not trade quarterback Matthew Stafford. At least, that was general manager Bob Quinn’s statement today, when he was asked about the recent predraft trades that netted the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns a bounty of picks. “I haven’t thought about that and I have..." April 21

  • Kickoff time changed for Steelers preseason opener against Lions

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers announced today a time change for their 2016 preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. The game has been moved to a 7 p.m. kickoff Aug. 12 after it was originally scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. It will be shown on KDKA-TV. The change was made to accommodate the NFL..." April 19

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • NFL won’t stream any London games this year

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s live-stream of last year’s London game between the Jaguars and Bills was so wildly successful that the NFL will be doing it again. Sorry, that should be the NFL will not be doing it again. According to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters, the NFL won’t stream any of the three 2016 London..." April 12

  • Arbitrator upholds NFL's use of paid leave for players under personal conduct policy

    ESPN "An arbitrator has ruled against the NFL Players Association in its grievance, filed more than a year ago, that the league's personal conduct policy implemented in late 2014 violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The union had challenged the authority granted to commissioner..." April 11