Lions Rumors & News

  • Detroit Lions signing WR Anquan Boldin

    Detroit Free Press "Still looking for help for their Calvin Johnson-less receiving corps, the Detroit Lions are adding another veteran to the mix. The Lions are signing wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a deal that's expected to be done today. ESPN, which first reported the news, said the contract is for one..." July 26

  • Veteran defensive lineman Corey Wootton retires

    Chicago Tribune "Former Chicago Bears and Northwestern defensive lineman Corey Wootton announced his retirement Tuesday morning. Wootton, 29, had 12 sacks and three forced fumbles in 86 career games with the Bears and Minnesota Vikings. After earning first-team All-Big Ten honors with NU in 2008, the Bears..." July 26

  • QB Jimmy Clausen to work out for Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions have six weeks to decide whether Dan Orlovsky or Jake Rudock will be Matthew Stafford's backup. On Monday, they'll get a look at Plan C. Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is scheduled to visit the Lions on Monday, according to NFL Network. The Lions also are..." July 25

  • As training camp looms, these five Lions rookies should have big role

    Detroit Free Press "It usually takes about three years to fairly judge an NFL draft class. So the jury will be out until 2019 on general manager Bob Quinn’s first group of Lions draftees. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take an early look at what this year’s crop of rookies will add to the team. Last year, the..." July 24

  • Lions' Pettigrew, Fuller, Robinson to begin training camp on PUP list

    The Score "The Detroit Lions will be without three veterans when training camp opens Thursday. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew, wide receiver Corey Fuller, and offensive tackle Corey Robinson have all been placed on the physically unable to perform list, the club announced Sunday. These players will be..." July 24

  • Ameer Abdullah: NFL can’t take the kickoff away

    Michigan Live "Ameer Abdullah hasn't seen the numbers, so the second-year tailback for the Detroit Lions bases his opinion on actual experience. "They can't take the kickoff away ... I have to see the numbers to believe it's too dangerous," Abdullah said. "I return kicks. I watch the film. What I see is what..." July 23

  • Lions add some tackle depth before camp with Luke Marquardt

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions filled out their 90-man roster ahead of training camp, adding more line depth. The team announced they signed tackle Luke Marquardt, who has bounced around a bit but has never played in an NFL game." July 22

  • Lions sign offensive tackle Luke Marquardt

    Pride Of Detroit "Just a day after adding some defensive line depth to their roster, the Detroit Lions announced on Thursday they have signed a new player to the offensive line Luke Marquardt went undrafted out of Azusa Pacific in 2013. In college, he had a solid career, serving in multiple roles along the..." July 21

  • Lions add defensive end Quanterus Smith

    Pride Of Detroit "The Detroit Lions broke weeks of silence by making their first transaction since releasing Stephen Tulloch in early July. On Wednesday afternoon the team announced they have signed defensive end Quanterus Smith. Smith is a former fifth-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2013. Since..." July 20

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • The Detroit Lions should re-sign Joique Bell

    Pride Of Detroit "The Detroit Lions have a running back problem and they know it. That’s why the team reached out to former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster for a visit in Detroit. Unfortunately for the Lions, Foster never made it to the Motor City. Instead, the 29-year-old veteran didn't leave Miami..." July 19

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, ESPN.com reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • Celebrating 1991 only emphasizes Detroit Lions' failures

    Detroit Free Press "Who was the marketing genius at 1957 And Still Waiting Drive in Allen Park that thought it was a good idea commemorating the Honolulu Blue and “Silver Anniversary” of the Detroit Lions’ 1991 team this fall? There’s value in recognizing historical benchmarks. Monday was the 40th anniversary of..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Arian Foster to work out for Dolphins, Lions

    NFL.com "There are only two top-30 free agents remaining in Around The NFL's top-99 free agents list. One of them is Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose stalemate with the Jets has seemingly lasted as long as Deflategate (ok, maybe it hasn't been that dragged out). The other player? Former Texans running back Arian..." July 18

  • Former NFL running back Jahvid Best will compete in the Rio Olympics

    SB Nation "Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best had his career cut short due to concussions. But while his professional football career only lasted two years, he now has a new opportunity to showcase his speed at the Rio Olympics. Best will be a part of Saint Lucia’s track and field team, having..." July 17

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Detroit Lions to celebrate 25th anniversary of 1991 team

    Detroit Free Press "Twenty-five years after they played in their only NFC championship game, the Detroit Lions will honor the 1991 team that went 12-4 and won the NFC Central Division. The festivities originally were set for the Oct. 23 game against Washington -- the team that beat the Lions in the NFC..." July 14

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • Fantasy: 10 breakout candidates to target in your draft

    The Score "Every fantasy owner wants to discover the star player no one saw coming. It gives you bragging rights over the competition and puts you in position to make a run at the title. With only a few weeks left until players report to training camp, let’s take a look at this year’s breakout..." July 11

  • Where the Lions roster stands: Detroit finally has depth at offensive tackle

    Pride Of Detroit "One of last year’s biggest weaknesses could be a strength this season. Set starters: Taylor Decker (2020), Riley Reiff (2016) Backups: Michael Ola (2016) On the bubble: Corey Robinson (2018), Cornelius Lucas (2016) Long shots: Chase Farris (2018) Overview: The Lions appear to be..." July 07

  • The NFL's Catch Rule Got A Little More Complicated

    Deadspin "The NFL published its updated 2016 rulebook this week, and here’s a list of some of the bigger changes. But c’mon, we all want to see what the ever-evolving, always-baffling catch rule looks like now, so we can pretend we have any idea what we’re talking about when there’s a catch..." July 07

  • Calvin Johnson says painkillers were handed out ‘like candy’ to NFL players

    Washington Post "Sometime soon, the NFL may have to explain in court how its team’s medical staffs responsibly dispensed painkillers to players in the league. According to Calvin Johnson, powerful and addictive opioids were, until recently, handed out “like candy.” Johnson, who retired from the Lions in March..." July 07

  • Calvin Johnson says retirement would've been hard if Lions were contenders

    The Score "Retired Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is beginning to open up about all the reasons he decided to retire at age 30. It's long been understood that Johnson was stepping away because of nagging injuries, but the future Hall of Famer has now confirmed the plight of the Lions'..." July 06

  • Lions finally part ways with Stephen Tulloch

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have finally made linebacker Stephen Tulloch’s departure from the team official. Tulloch was told early in the offseason that he wasn’t in the team’s plans for the 2016 season, but they didn’t make any immediate move and paid Tulloch a $500,000 roster bonus in March. The team..." July 05

  • Brewery names beer after Lions rookie Killebrew

    The Score "Miles Killebrew may become a fan favorite without ever playing a down for the Detroit Lions. Fort Street Brewery devised an IPA called Killebrew named after the rookie safety. "I guess it was a play on my name," Killebrew said to ESPN's Michael Rothstein. "'Killebrew.' So they wanted to do..." July 02

  • Lions WR TJ Jones getting helpful advice, plenty of reps with starters

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions have given TJ Jones a long, hard look this off-season as a slot receiver. Jones has had plenty of practice time with the first-time offense and has made the most of it while making catches and getting separation. Jones, who lost his whole rookie year in 2014 to a shoulder..." July 02

  • Zach Zenner's return provides lift for Lions' questionable backfield

    Michigan Live "Zach Zenner says he is finally 100 percent healthy, which provides a lift for a Detroit Lions backfield that faces plenty of question marks heading into training camp. "Yep," he said. "Finally 100 percent, no doubt." Zenner was a training camp sensation as a rookie last season. Signed out of..." June 30

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • Jim Caldwell is skeptical of going for two more often

    Pro Football Talk "As teams around the NFL discuss the possibility of going for two more often, Lions coach Jim Caldwell sounds unconvinced. Caldwell said he’s aware that quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees have said they want to go for two as the default after every touchdown, but Caldwell said..." June 29

  • Veteran DL Cory Redding announces retirement

    NFL.com "Cory Redding is calling it quits. The veteran defensive lineman on Wednesday announced his intentions to retire over Twitter. The 35-year-old Redding enjoyed a long and productive career, logging 13 seasons with the Lions, Seahawks, Ravens, Colts and Cardinals. Piling up 35.5 career sacks,..." June 29

  • Calvin Johnson says he retired because he's 'fed up' with football

    SB Nation "When Calvin Johnson announced his retirement earlier this offseason, he kept his reasoning a secret. But now he's decided to open up about why he walked away from the game. At his annual football camp Saturday, Johnson dispelled rumors that he called it quits because he was frustrated with the..." June 29

  • Where the Lions roster stands: Will Detroit keep three quarterbacks?

    Pride Of Detroit "As we start to look ahead to training camp, we're going to take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions roster. First up is the quarterback position. (The final year of each player's contract is listed in parentheses.) Starters: Matthew Stafford (2017) Backups: Dan Orlovsky (2016) On..." June 28

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • Stanley Wilson targeted three homes (one clothed) before he was shot naked

    Pro Football Talk "Before he was shot while doing some naked breaking and entering last week, former Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson II had targeted three other homes — at least one of them while clothed. According to Aimee Green of the Oregonian, Wilson was shot while breaking into the home of 78-year-old Robert..." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Peyton Manning says he will be rooting for six teams in 2016

    College Spun "Peyton Manning’s retirement from the NFL has apparently increased his fandom of the league. The former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback revealed earlier this week that he’ll be rooting for six different teams this fall. Those teams: Broncos, Colts, Giants, Texans,..." June 26

  • Calvin Johnson sets the record straight: 'I'm not coming back'

    CBS Sports "Calvin Johnson shockingly decided to retire earlier this offseason at the age of 30. A Hall of Fame-caliber player for nine years, Johnson finished his career with 731 catches for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. Those figures rank 43rd, 27th, and 22nd all-time, respectively, and they rank fifth,..." June 25

  • Matt Stafford's Wife Will Choose the Lions Cheerleaders

    The Big Lead "Matt Stafford’s wife, Kelly, was a cheerleader at Georgia, and while collegiate cheerleading is a markedly different endeavor than whatever it is NFL cheerleaders do, there is enough overlap the Lions felt Kelly Stafford was qualified to help select this year’s squad. There is a greater..." June 23

  • Stafford: I think it will be tougher on defenses without Calvin Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "Calvin Johnson retired this offseason, leaving the Lions to get used to running an offense without their top receiver for most of the last decade. They signed Marvin Jones, Jeremy Kerley, Andre Caldwell and Andre Roberts as free agents to go with holdovers Golden Tate, T.J. Jones and Corey..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Jim Caldwell expects a better Haloti Ngata this year

    Pro Football Talk "Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has talked about taking on more of a leadership role in his second season with the Lions, which is something the team would like to see go hand in hand with him playing a bigger role on the field. Ngata dealt with a calf injury during the 2015 season, missing two..." June 19

  • Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron seeks bigger role on offense

    Detroit Free Press "Eric Ebron had the biggest game of his life — eight catches for 199 yards and a touchdown — three years ago as a junior at North Carolina. Ebron’s Tar Heels lost to Miami that day, but he gave his new position coach, then Hurricanes head coach Al Golden, a glimpse of what he could be as a..." June 19

  • Travis Swanson still Lions' No. 1 center, but Graham Glasgow is coming on

    Michigan Live "When the Detroit Lions used their third-round pick on a center, for the second time in three years, it seemed as though Travis Swanson's job might be imperiled. After OTAs and minicamp, perhaps his job is a little safer than originally thought. Swanson not only repped ahead of rookie Graham..." June 18

  • Lions announce they’ll add cheerleaders in 2016

    Detroit Lions "The Detroit Lions announced today that cheerleaders will debut this upcoming season. The Detroit Lions Cheerleaders will be coached by Rebecca Girard-Smoker who has been hired as the Director of Detroit Lions Cheerleaders. “The Ford Family is unwavering in their commitment to improving the..." June 13

  • Veteran wideout Anquan Boldin visiting the Lions

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions lost one of the game’s best big receivers to retirement, so they’re looking at another guy who can add some presence to their passing game. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, veteran free agent wideout Anquan Boldin is visiting Detroit today." June 13

  • Lions grab Andre Roberts on 1-year deal

    Michigan Live "After losing a pair of wide receivers to injury last week, the Detroit Lions signed Andre Roberts on Monday. A six-year veteran, the 5-foot-11 Roberts was a third-round draft pick for the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. After four productive seasons in the desert, he signed a four-year deal with..." June 13