Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions QB Kellen Moore could legitimately compete with Dan Orlovsky for No. 2 job

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions had a quarterback competition in name only last year, and maybe not even that. Jim Caldwell brought in veteran Dan Orlovsky -- a quarterback he knew from his days in Indianapolis -- to be Matthew Stafford's backup. And nothing Kellen Moore did was going to change..." March 27

  • NFL exploring Mexico, Germany and other markets to host games

    SB Nation "The NFL views Mexico, Canada and China as the next markets to focus on as it looks to add more international games to the schedule, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The league could be considering NFL games in those markets, similar to the International Series that already takes place..." March 27

  • Caldwell: Ray Rice is not a fit for Lions

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions have a hole at running back that they need to fill through the NFL draft or free agency, but coach Jim Caldwell said today that his former player Ray Rice is not a candidate to take that spot "I don't foresee that, to be plain and simple," Caldwell said at the NFL owners..." March 26

  • Lions anticipate 'significant rise' in Eric Ebron's play "We might have identified the man who will be the Detroit Lions' proverbial offseason hype bunny: Eric Ebron. As Around The NFL partially covered in Wednesday's version of What We Learned at the NFL Annual Meeting, coach Jim Caldwell said he sees big things coming from the tight end after the..." March 26

  • With so much tampering, NFL will struggle to police it all

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the obvious on Wednesday when he said at the league meeting that multiple teams had dealings before the start of free agency that may have violated the letter of the law. “We want to make sure no teams are gaining an advantage as it relates to free..." March 26

  • Caldwell expects Stafford to take step forward this fall

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell was walking down a hallway at the NFL owners meetings this week when someone stopped him to talk football. "Someone said something about, 'Hey, well Coach, you really need your quarterback to take off,'" Caldwell said. "And I looked at him and I said, 'No, we don't really need him..." March 26

  • Dolphins may yet have to answer for Suh negotiations

    Detroit News "The NFL's annual meetings this week didn't feature any sweeping changes, but commissioner Roger Goodell discussed a couple issues related to the Lions during his closing remarks Wednesday. League owners rejected the Lions' replay proposal to allow coaches to challenge any play in which a..." March 26

  • Jets and TE Kellen Davis close to deal, source confirms

    Newsday "After visiting Florham Park on Tuesday, free-agent tight end Kellen Davis is close to signing a deal with the Jets, a source confirmed to Newsday. The 6-7, 265-pound Davis was cut by the Giants at the end of training camp last year and signed with the Detroit Lions in October. The 29-year-old..." March 25

  • NFL momentum builds to alter extra point for 2015 season

    USA Today "A rules alteration that would inject more excitement into the near-automatic extra point could be adopted for the 2015 NFL season as early as the league's next meeting this May. There was lively discussion among the 32 teams Wednesday about adding significant drama to the mundane point after..." March 25

  • Lions not pursuing tampering charges vs. Dolphins

    Detroit Free Press "The Miami Dolphins were reported to be prime players in the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes days before free agency opened, but the Detroit Lions have no plans to pursue tampering charges over the deal, a person familiar with the team's thinking but not authorized to talk about it publicly said. Suh..." March 25

  • Corey Hilliard signs with Jets

    Pride Of Detroit "Another Detroit Lions free agent has found a new team. Specifically, offensive tackle Corey Hilliard has signed with the New York Jets after previously taking a visit with them. The deal was announced by the Jets on Tuesday. Hilliard played for the Lions from 2009-14. He was mainly a backup..." March 24

  • Lions GM concedes 2011 draft class was bust

    Detroit News "With defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley leaving in free agency this offseason, the Lions have zero players on the roster from their 2010 and 2011 draft classes. On Monday, general manager Martin Mayhew provided an honest assessment of the two classes while noting that there's a..." March 24

  • Lions won't say if they'll pick up Riley Reiff's option

    Detroit Free Press "Martin Mayhew used the owners meetings last year to announce that the Detroit Lions were not going to pick up the fifth year option on Nick Fairley's rookie contract. On Monday, he said the team is still deciding what to do with Riley Reiff. "I'm not going to get into that right now," Mayhew..." March 24

  • Martin Mayhew: Lions might win financially for losing Suh

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions will reportedly carry a salary cap hit of roughly $9.7 million in 2015 for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Suh, of course, no longer plays for Detroit, which makes the cap charge both costly and inglorious. Nevertheless, Suh will be off the Lions’ cap by 2016. And the Lions won’t be..." March 23

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Lions have also reached out to G Rob Sims about a contract.

  • NFL may let injury spotters stop play during games

    SB Nation "Besides instant replay reform and finding a better definition of a "catch," the NFL's competition committee is busy this week deciding whether to increase the duties of injury spotters in NFL games. The proposal would allow independent medical trainers to watch for possible concussions and stop..." March 23

  • The NFL Charged Its Players $400 to Participate in Veteran Combine

    Complex "The NFL's first Veteran Combine took place this weekend. A new addition to the offseason calendar, the Combine seemed like a great idea for older players to get in front of scouts and front office types—a way to balance the scales between the incoming rookie class and the veteran class that'll..." March 23

  • NFL considering Brazil to host 2017 Pro Bowl

    Fox Sports "One of the world's biggest soccer hotbeds could soon host a different type of football event. A source told that Brazil is a viable candidate to host the 2017 Pro Bowl. The all-star exhibition game's future destination is one of the subjects that will be broached during the..." March 23

  • The threshold for ‘completing a catch to the ground’ in NFL is changing, and Packers prez tells how

    Toronto Sun "The threshold for what constitutes a catch when a receiver falls to the ground is changing, a member of the league’s competition committee told Sun Media on Sunday. In a conference call last week, the committee announced that the controversial “complete-the-catch-to-the-ground” rule will stay,..." March 23

  • Roger Goodell, Unplugged "The MMQB: What’s the lesson you take from easily your most trying year as commissioner? Goodell: I don’t know if you could put one or two … One of the things we always focus on is, What do we learn and how do we get better? I think in this case there were several factors. One is, Do we have the..." March 23

  • Detroit Lions bring in Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams for a pre-draft visit

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis said he welcomes the idea of mentoring his eventual replacement. The team took a closer look at one guy who could fit the bill, hosting Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams for a pre-draft visit on Thursday. Williams has the size the Lions like..." March 20

  • Lions' replay suggestion unlikely to pass for next season

    Detroit Free Press "The NFL's instant-replay system needs fixing, that much is clear by the volume of replay-related proposals that will be up for debate at the league's annual meetings next week in Arizona. But the chances of an overhaul of replay — or even much of a tweak — are slim for now, and the Lions'..." March 19

  • Biggest position holes to fill for all 32 teams in the NFL Draft "The big wave of free agency has come and gone, and the focus has turned to the draft, but that doesn't mean there still aren't holes to fill, some huge ones, for each of the NFL's 32 teams. You can't solve all the problems in free agency. In fact, it's usually only a few if a team is lucky. For..." March 18

  • Lions To Re-Sign Rashean Mathis

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions have agreed to re-sign cornerback Rashean Mathis, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (on Twitter). It’ll be a two-year pact worth $3.5MM in total and he’ll earn $2MM in 2015. Back in February, Lions GM Martin Mayhew said that he would like to retain Mathis for the 2015..." March 18

  • Lions' Calvin Johnson gets engaged

    Fox Sports Detroit "Love is in the air for the stars of the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is getting married this spring and now his favorite target, receiver Calvin Johnson, is engaged. Mrs. Megatron will be Brittany McNorton, the promotions manager for the Lions. Johnson popped the question..." March 17

  • The time Roger Goodell backed out of doing 'Between Two Ferns'

    SB Nation "Alex Richanbach, executive producer of Funny or Die Sports was on a SXSW panel last Saturday called "Now Athletes are Funny: Power of Comedy and Sports." I hadn't noticed it on the schedule until it was about halfway over, but I stopped in just as Richanbach was getting into the meat of a pretty..." March 17

  • Jones-Drew, Locker, Willis, Worilds may signal start of a trend of young NFL players retiring

    Arizona Republic "NFL free agency started this week, so the news cycle was dominated by the redistribution of wealth. It was a job fair at the highest level of sports as players were traded, re-signed, signed and released. That was to be expected. What was surprising is that in a time devoted to procuring..." March 17

  • Tyrunn Walker chose Lions over Patriots, other teams

    Pride Of Detroit "When the Detroit Lions signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker last week, it quickly became clear that he was an under-the-radar type of player who probably didn't get enough playing time with the New Orleans Saints. And although most football fans probably weren't familiar with Walker, it seems..." March 16

  • Lions host Georgia running back Todd Gurley "Todd Gurley might be the best running back in this year's draft and the most likely candidate to break a streak of two-straight NFL Drafts that haven’t seen a running back taken in the first round. Gurley possesses a rare blend of speed and power at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds. In 2014, 61.9 percent..." March 16

  • Suh says he “always wanted to be” in Detroit

    Detroit Free Press "On Saturday mornings for most of the last five years, before every home game, Ndamukong Suh usually found himself at a back corner table in the Rugby Grille at the Townsend Hotel, not too far from his Birmingham home. Table 74 was his sanctuary after a morning walk-through, where he gathered..." March 16

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    Michael Rothstein @mikerothstein

    I'm told Justin Blalock had a good visit with the #Lions, per a source. St. Louis and Tennessee are also interested.

  • Nick Fairley arrives in St. Louis weighing a svelte 280

    Pro Football Talk "Nick Fairley’s four years with the Lions were marked by spectacular play at times, but also multiple injuries and talk that he was overweight and out of shape. Fairley says that won’t be the case in St. Louis. Fairley signed with the Rams on Friday and said when he arrived that he has lost 40..." March 14

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    Dov Kleiman @NFL_RealUpdates

    RB Reggie Bush left New England without a contract, per @NBCdianna

  • Ngata: Rice would be "great addition" to Lions

    CSN Baltimore "With Justin Forsett re-signed by the Ravens and DeMarco Murray landed in Philadelphia, the free agent pool of running backs is thinning considerably. Yet one player who remains very much available is Ray Rice, who has been a free agent since late November, when he won his appeal against the..." March 13

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    Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL

    Souce texts back Fairley #Rams deal "immenant "

  • Rams add defensive depth with Nick Fairley

    USA Today "The St. Louis Rams' defensive front just keeps getting deeper and more formidable. The team announced Friday it has signed former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Auburn. ​ Fairley, 27, hasn't lived up to expectations through four..." March 13

  • Reggie Bush reportedly visits with the Patriots

    Providence Journal "The Patriots have a Shane Vereen replacement at Gillette Stadium on Friday. According to ESPN, running back Reggie Bush is in Foxboro for a visit with the Patriots. The 30-year-old running back is coming off a down year with the Detroit Lions, running for 297 yards and catching 40 passes for..." March 13

  • Lions sign Tyrunn Walker to bolster defensive line

    Detroit News "After a mostly quiet two days, the Lions signed their first free agent from another team Thursday night. The Lions signed defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker, a 24-year-old they hope is ascending after an impressive season as a rotational backup for the Saints in 2014. Walker's deal is for one..." March 13

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Per @SKiernan78, non-tendered DL Tyrunn Walker signs for 1-year, $1.75M w/ $750k bonus with #Lions. Played 28% of snaps. Had crazy interest.

  • Lions' acquisition of Haloti Ngata doesn't necessarily mean team is switching to 3-4 defense

    Michigan Live "After the Detroit Lions pulled the trigger on a trade to acquire 340-pound defensive lineman Haloti Ngata -- a man with extensive experience playing nose tackle -- speculation picked up that the team was making a switch to a 3-4 base defense next season. Well, it's still too early to..." March 12

  • 49ers Have 'Great Conversation' with Free-agent RB Reggie Bush" "On the same day the franchise’s all-time leading rusher committed to play elsewhere, the San Francisco 49ers hosted a free-agent running back who could help fill the void. Shortly after Frank Gore’s signing with the Indianapolis Colts became official on Wednesday, the 49ers met with Reggie Bush..." March 12

  • Ndamukong Suh was never going back to Detroit

    SB Nation "The 2011 stomp, the ejection, the quick bolt home, the forced return to Ford Field, the fallout and the eventual bolt for good to Miami. That is the backdrop, the core of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's exit from the Detroit Lions to the Miami Dolphins. Netting $114 million, $60 million..." March 12

  • Report: Fairley is done with the Lions

    Detroit News "Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has a visit today with the Cincinnati Bengals, and as he looks at other suitors around the NFL, the Lions don't expect to have him in 2015. According to Yahoo! Sports, Fairley is no longer considering re-signing with the Lions, the team that drafted him 13th..." March 12

  • Lions look ready to move on from Nick Fairley

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions appear ready to move on from Nick Fairley after telling at least two agents they are out of the running for the defensive tackle. Fairley is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals today, and had interest from about six teams before free agency opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Lions..." March 11

  • Suh, Dolphins ironing out details

    Pro Football Talk "The floodgates-opening report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen regarding the news that Ndamukong Suh will sign with the Dolphins on Tuesday ultimately was not accurate. Unless it’s still Tuesday somewhere on the globe. It hardly means Suh won’t be a Dolphin." March 11

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    TurfShowTimes @TurfShowTimes

    wut RT @jthom1: Rams have reached out to Detroit DT Nick Fairley. No visit scheduled yet.

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    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

    Reggie Bush, wanted by several teams, will be visiting the 49ers today

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Here are terms of BALT-DET trade: Lions receive Haloti Ngata and 7th-round pick while Baltimore gets 4th- and 5th-round picks, per source.

  • Lions get tackle Haloti Ngata from Ravens

    Detroit News "The Lions didn't wait until the start of free agency to find a replacement for Ndamukong Suh. The Ravens announced just before 4 p.m. that they were trading Haloti Ngata to the Lions, giving Detroit a two-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler to plug the massive hole left when Suh..." March 10

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Reggie Bush is considering a potential return to the #Saints. Also considering the #Patriots and the #49ers, I’m told.