Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions' Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford working on communication skills

    Detroit News "They have done enough during the first two days of this voluntary minicamp to get head coach Jim Caldwell excited. “Matthew (Stafford) certainly is getting a good feel for Golden Tate,” he said after the first practice. “You can see those two are going to function well together.” Tate,..." April 24

  • Goodell: Owners to discuss playoff expansion at May meeting "Playoff expansion is a matter of when, not if, and according to Newsday's Bob Glauber, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that owners will discuss the topic at May 20 meetings in Atlanta. Last month,'s Peter King reported that the postseason could expand from 12 to 14..." April 24

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Caldwell said Houston's absence from today's minicamp practice was injury related.

  • Ndamukong Suh does not attend Detroit Lions minicamp

    Detroit Free Press "Ndamukong Suh is a no show at Detroit Lions minicamp. Suh, who's in the midst of negotiating a new contract that will make him one of the highest-paid defensive players in NFL history, did not take part in the Lions' first voluntary practice of the week today. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle..." April 22

  • Lions sign DE George Johnson

    Pride Of Detroit "The Detroit Lions have signed a former Minnesota Vikings defensive end. On Monday, the Detroit Lions signed a pair of cornerbacks in order to add some extra depth to the secondary before their voluntary minicamp begins on Tuesday. Also, it turns out that they added some extra depth on the..." April 22

  • Lions looking for a few good closers

    Pro Football Talk "When a team is talking about looking for closers, the natural inclination is to assume that we’re talking about baseball. This year’s draft will feature one team looking for football versions of Mariano Rivera, however. The Lions lost six of their final seven games last season and they held a..." April 20

  • If option is available, Detroit Lions better off trading back in NFL draft, not moving up

    Michigan Live "It's that time of year where we get in the bad habit of peeking at every NFL mock draft, just hoping to see something different. Thankfully, Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke provided this week's fodder, incorporating six trades into his first-round projection. While you may expect the Detroit..." April 20

  • Top prospect Khalil Mack to visit Detroit Lions next week

    Detroit Free Press "First it was Sammy Watkins, then Jadeveon Clowney. Next week, the Detroit Lions will host another probable top-six pick they’ll likely have to trade up if they want to draft — Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack. Mack, scheduled to visit the Lions mid-week, is considered one of the top edge..." April 19

  • Ndamukong Suh should be there "The most disturbing aspect of Ndamukong Suh's absence from the Detroit Lions' voluntary offseason program isn't that he isn't there. It's that his team doesn't have the courage to forcefully question that choice. This essentially is one more example of why this franchise has enjoyed only two..." April 19

  • Marqise Lee visits Detroit, says he’d be happy there, or anywhere

    Pro Football Talk "Former USC receiver Marqise Lee visited Detroit this week and said he had a great time getting to know the Lions’ coaching staff, saying afterward that he’d be thrilled to go there — or anywhere else. “Think I did pretty well, left a good impression, so hopefully, at the end of the day, I end..." April 18

  • Lions excited to see what Jeremy Ross can do after full offseason in Detroit

    Michigan Live "Golden Tate was the best punt returner in the NFL last season, if you believe ProFootballFocus. And a lot of people do. Tate wants to continue to return punts for the Detroit Lions, which might seem like a no-brainer. Only problem: The Lions really like the old guy too. Jeremy Ross was..." April 18

  • Golden Tate: Lions offense 'going to fit better' than Seahawks "A lot of times when players sign in free agency it's all about the money. OK, most of the time it is. Fine. It's always about the money. But there can be benefits to where you sign too. Like with new Lions receiver Golden Tate. Tate said in a recent interview with the team's website Detroit's..." April 16

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Joe Lombardi on using Reggie Bush and Joique Bell: "I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive."

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Veteran CB Rashean Mathis, entering his 12th season, is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, where he started 13 games last year.

  • Darqueze Dennard’s workout with Lions went ‘real well’

    Fansided "Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard is one of the best players at his position in the 2014 NFL Draft, which has led many to believe he could be a top ten selection in May. One potential landing spot is with the Detroit Lions, where he would already have a built in fan..." April 13

  • Reggie Bush: Players aren't bothered by Ndamukong Suh skipping Lions' conditioning

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions tailback Reggie Bush is excited to reunite with Joe Lombardi. He's excited to get to know Jim Caldwell. He's excited to be back with his teammates this week. "It's good to have everybody here right now," he said, "and everybody's working." Everybody? What about Ndamukong..." April 10

  • Pro Bowl to Arizona in 2015, slated to make Hawaii return in '16 "The National Football League announced today locations and dates for the next two Pro Bowls. The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015, and televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a..." April 09

  • 10 intriguing storylines in the NFL preseason schedule

    USA Today "Are you ready for some experimental football? Granted, it's only the preseason schedule that the league announced Wednesday. Nonetheless, this summer's exhibition season provides a more compelling reason to watch -- at least during the first two weeks of games that won't seem as..." April 09

  • Sammy Watkins likes Lions' offense "Sammy Watkins likely will be off the board by the time the Detroit Lions pick at No. 10 overall in next month's NFL draft. But Watkins said he would welcome the opportunity to join the star-studded offense in Detroit. "It'd be definitely a blessing playing with Megatron [Calvin Johnson] and..." April 09

  • Lions may love Sammy Watkins enough to trade up for him

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have already invested a fortune in wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and given No. 2 receiver Golden Tate a significant contract as well. But they’re not necessarily done expending resources at the receiver position. Sammy Watkins, widely regarded as the best receiver in this year’s draft..." April 09

  • Jim Caldwell, new culture made Dan Orlovsky pursue return to Lions

    Detroit News "Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky understands why he might not receive the warmest welcome in his return to the Lions after being a part of the 0-16 season in 2008. But when he became a free agent this offseason after five years away from Detroit, Orlovsky put the Lions near the top of his wish..." April 08

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    Mike Chappell @mchappell51

    #colts CB Cassius Vaughn signs 1-year deal with Detroit Lions

  • Browns strike deal with free-agent wide receiver Nate Burleson, agent says

    Akron Beacon Journal "Nate Burleson has been the butt of many pizza-delivery jokes, but the Browns won’t care as long as he delivers for them. The Browns struck a deal tonight on a one-year contract with Burleson, his agent, Ken Sarnoff, said. The team later confirmed an agreement had been reached. Financial terms..." April 07

  • Lions take a proactive risk with defensive tackle Nick Fairley

    Detroit News "For three years, Auburn football coaches poked and prodded, coaxed and cajoled, begged and pleaded with Nick Fairley, first to get his academics in order so he could play and then to apply himself, to put in the work, both on his body and on his understanding of the game, so he could reach his..." April 06

  • Dan Orlovsky returns to Lions to back up Matthew Stafford

    Detroit News "Back in 2005 the Lions thought quarterback Dan Orlovsky could be part of their future. Now the Lions believe he can part of their present. The Lions on Tuesday signed Orlovsky to replace Shaun Hill as the backup to Matthew Stafford. Orlovsky was signed to a one-year deal. Hill signed with..." April 03

  • Lions still focused on improving at cornerback

    Detroit News "The first wave of free agency has passed without the Lions adding or officially subtracting a cornerback (discussions are ongoing with free agent Rashean Mathis). The combine and several pro days have also passed without much chatter about the top draft-eligible cornerbacks. The Lions have..." April 02

  • Glover Quin, James Ihedigbo already working out together

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions don’t report for the start of offseason work until April 7, but their projected starting safeties are getting a jump on things in Texas. Both Glover Quin and the newly signed James Ihedigbo live in Texas and they’ve worked out together since Ihedigbo decided to join the Lions as a..." March 30

  • New Lions head coach Jim Caldwell scores with inspiring attitude

    Detroit Free Press "There are five months until the Detroit Lions’ new season, and I can’t wait. It’s not just because my NCAA men’s basketball bracket is now a coaster on my desk. It is because of the palpable excitement surrounding the new head coach, Jim Caldwell. The coach means business. Nowhere was it..." March 30

  • Lions' Glover Quin impressed by veteran additions

    Detroit News "Whether it’s been coaches or players, the Lions have brought in several people this offseason who have experience winning a Super Bowl. Receiver Golden Tate won it last season with the Seahawks. Safety James Ihedigbo won it two years ago with the Ravens. And, coach Jim Caldwell, and..." March 28

  • Lions say Suh's contract won't be distraction if deal isn't completed before season

    Michigan Live "The Lions want Ndamukong Suh to stay in Detroit. They say Ndamukong Suh wants to stay in Detroit. Detroit would clear some cap space by getting a deal done. Suh would become a very rich man for a very long time by getting a deal done. It would seem an extension is in both parties' best..." March 27

  • Lions 'certainly' could draft a QB this year

    Detroit Free Press "Shaun Hill still hasn’t closed the door on a return to the Detroit Lions in free agency, but if Hill leaves for the St. Louis Rams or another team, the Lions might turn to the NFL draft for his replacement. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said at the NFL ownersmeetings this week that he..." March 26

  • New NFL rules include more fumble reviews, higher goalposts

    USA Today "Five rules changes, an extensive crackdown on on-field taunting and abusive language and a two-game preseason experiment that will move extra-point attempts from the 2-yard line to the 20 (effectively a 38-yard try) will bring a new look to the 2014 NFL season. Representatives from all 32 teams..." March 26

  • James Ihedigbo joins Detroit Lions on two-year contract

    Baltimore Sun "Former Ravens starting strong safety James Ihedigbo has joined the Detroit Lions. It's a two-year contract, according to a source. Ihedigbo has been negotiating with the Lions since late last week and agreed to terms tonight. "It's Agreed upon! I'm a @DetroitLionsNFL," Ihedigbo wrote on his..." March 25

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Martin Mayhew said the #Lions won't pick up the fifth-year option on Nick Fairley's contract. Lions want a motivated Fairley in 2014.

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Mayhew also said he has zero interest in trading Mikel Leshoure, expects him to be a Lion this year. Has had no trade talks of any kind yet

  • NFL may expand to four London games in 2015

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL isn’t done playing American football in London. In fact, not only is the NFL putting three games in London in 2014, but the London package may grow to four games in London in 2015. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, that’s one of the subjects that will be discussed — although not..." March 24

  • Lions waiting for answer from free agent safety James Ihedigbo

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions could have a new starting safety in place as early as today. The Lions have hosted three veteran safeties on free-agent visits over the last two weeks, and are awaiting a decision by James Ihedigbo on whether he’ll accept their contract offer. Ihedigbo, 30, played the last..." March 24

  • Could Joique Bell overtake Reggie Bush as the Detroit Lions' starting tailback?

    Michigan Live "I do think that day is coming. The Lions made a serious commitment to him with that three-year, $9.3 million contract -- which guaranteed him more cash than even Reggie Bush -- and you don't do that for a guy who is just going to ride the bench. Whether he starts or not, Bell is going to have a..." March 23

  • Lions not expected to reach for Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews

    Fansided "The Detroit Lions are in a nice position to pick up a top prospect for Jim Caldwell to kick off his tenure as head coach with, but we shouldn’t expect the Lions to be reaching for need or reaching for names. While there will undoubedtly be some intriguing names on the board when the Lions go on..." March 23

  • Free agents Thomas DeCoud, Chris Clemons visit safety-starved Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions are revving up their pursuit of safety help, hosting Thomas DeCoud and Chris Clemons on free agent visits, and they added more depth to their defensive line. DeCoud already finished his visit and said he left town without a contract offer. It was his first visit since the..." March 23

  • Draft Rookie Safety, Sign Veteran Free Agent or Both? Detroit Lions Need Clarity

    Fansided "The Detroit Lions hosted a pair of free agent safeties on Friday in Chris Clemons and Thomas DeCoud. This includes interest they reportedly still have in James Ihedigbo, who remains unsigned while weighing all of his options. Another week and the empty safety situation remains unresolved with..." March 22

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Former Falcon safety Thomas DeCoud visiting Lions today.

  • NFL may expand replay to personal fouls, and more

    Pro Football Talk "Two of the 13 rule changes the NFL is considering involve expanding the use of instant replay by allowing coaches to challenge personal foul penalties — and potentially much more than just that. The first proposal, put forward by Washington, is to make personal fouls reviewable. This has been..." March 20

  • Lions searching for fullback, expect to sign Jed Collins

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions are hosting fullback Jed Collins on a free-agent visit Wednesday and, barring any complications with the trip, are expected to sign him to a contract. Collins, who went undrafted out of Washington State in 2008, played the last four seasons for the New Orleans, where new Lions..." March 19

  • NFLPA elects new president Eric Winston "With the tenure of NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth coming to an end, three finalists -- free agent tackle Eric Winston, free agent safety Ryan Clark and Saints tight end Ben Watson -- emerged to try to replace him. Winston ranks No. 125 on the free agent list, and he was..." March 19

  • Lions WR Golden Tate calls Seattle Seahawks' contract offer 'laughable'

    Michigan Live "All things created equal, Golden Tate would have preferred to stay in Seattle. He even offered to take less money to remain with the Seahawks. But the 25-year-old wide receiver was incredibly disappointed with the deal proposed by his former employer. In an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle,..." March 19

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Lions president Tom Lewand told WJR this morning he expects to meet with Ndamukong Suh's agent (Jimmy Sexton) in Orlando next week

  • Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix visits Lions, would 'love to' play in Detroit

    Detroit Free Press "Just six safeties have been taken in the top 10 of the last 10 NFL drafts, but Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said “it’s realistic” to think he’ll go that high come May. “I watched Mark Barron do it a couple years ago, when he went 7, so it’s been done,” Clinton-Dix told the Free Press after he..." March 18

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    Jim Thomas @jthom1

    Free agent QB Shaun Hill of Detroit visiting Rams on Monday. Potential backup for Bradford now that Kellen Clemens has gone to San Diego.

  • LaMarr Woodley tried to give Lions discount, didn’t take his calls

    Fansided "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was dreaming about potentially going to his hometown Detroit Lions during free agency. Eventually he signed with the Oakland Raiders but it wasn’t because of Woodley. He says that he tried calling the Lions and was willing to give them a discount,..." March 16

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