Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions talking extension with DeAndre Levy, waiting to talk to Haloti Ngata

    Pro Football Talk "Lions president Tom Lewand said early this month that and linebacker DeAndre Levy had yet to open up contract negotiations and, as a result, he couldn’t say whether the team’s talks with Levy would extend past the start of training camp. Lewand should have a better idea of the timing the next..." April 24

  • Stephen Tulloch says he’s ready to play today

    Pro Football Talk "There was some uncertainty earlier this offseason about whether the Lions would hold onto linebacker Stephen Tulloch because he has a $5.8 million cap hit for the 2015 season. The Lions opted to hold onto Tulloch, leaving the timing of his return from last year’s torn ACL as the biggest unknown..." April 24

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Mayhew said he's very comfortable with Reiff at left tackle and thinks he's a very good player. Team is picking up his 5th-year option.

  • Judge approves concussion settlement, could cost NFL $1 billion

    CBSSports.com "A federal judge has approved a plan that brings the NFL and more than 5,000 former players one step closer to a settlement in a concussion lawsuit that could end up costing the league more than $1 billion over 65 years. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had twice sent the deal back to..." April 22

  • 2015 Sunday Night Football schedule

    SB Nation "The NFL has released the full schedule for the upcoming 2015 NFL season, which means we know the primetime matchups for Sunday Night Football. Typically some of the best matchups on the schedule (especially with flex scheduling), Sunday Night Football might not be as well-known a phrase as Monday..." April 22

  • Lions cut Rodney Austin after arrest

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions cut guard Rodney Austin today, less than a week after he was arrested on two charges of assault. Austin, 26, was arrested Friday morning on four misdemeanor charges of assaulting a female, assaulting a child under 12, interfering with emergency communication and larceny,..." April 21

  • NFL schedule will be released on Tuesday

    Pro Football Talk "The wait to find out the 2015 schedule will end on Tuesday evening. The NFL has announced that the schedule will be unveiled during a three-hour show on NFL Network that gets underway at 8 p.m. ET. All 256 games will be revealed during the program, although not all games will remain in the same..." April 20

  • Lions drop grievance, ship DE George Johnson to Bucs

    ESPN.com "The Lions and Buccaneers have settled their differences on the George Johnson offer sheet, with Detroit agreeing to send the defensive end to Tampa Bay, league sources said. The Lions dropped their grievance after reaching an agreement with the Bucs. As part of the deal, the two teams will..." April 15

  • Report Suggests About 1 in 6 NFL Players Go Broke Within 12 Years of Retiring

    Complex "When the NFL comes back in 2015, and you gaze upon the first 11-on-11 play of the bloodsport's season, know that, statistically speaking, at least three players on that field will be bankrupt soon after they hang up their cleats. According to a new research paper by the National Bureau of Economic..." April 15

  • Lions drop grievance, ship DE George Johnson to Bucs

    ESPN.com "The Lions and Buccaneers have settled their differences on the George Johnson offer sheet, with Detroit agreeing to send the defensive end to Tampa Bay, league sources said. The Lions dropped their grievance after reaching an agreement with the Bucs. As part of the deal, the two teams will..." April 15

  • Lions disputing Bucs' offer sheet to George Johnson

    Fox Sports Detroit "The Detroit Lions confirmed Monday that the team is disputing the offer sheet that defensive end George Johnson, a restricted free agent, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The original deadline for the Lions to make a decision on whether to match the three-year, $9-million offer in order to..." April 13

  • Schedule release likely coming next week

    Pro Football Talk "With the draft only 17 days away and in light of the NFL’s habit of releasing the regular-season schedule before the draft, the window for releasing the 2015 regular-season schedule is getting fairly narrow. The current thinking, per a source with knowledge of the situation, is that the sheet..." April 13

  • Joe Lombardi calls Lions run game a “work in progress”

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions said goodbye to Reggie Bush this offseason, but it wasn’t because they felt totally secure in the pieces they held onto in the running game. Detroit ranked 28th in the league in rushing last season and neither Joique Bell nor Theo Riddick has been the lead man in an effective NFL..." April 12

  • Ex-NFL CB: After The Draft My Mom Said I Owed Her $1 Million

    Black Sports Online "We hear it all the time. “How do athletes who make millions of dollars go broke?” Ex-NFL CB Phillip Buchanon breaks down in his book “New Money: Staying Rich” how easily it can happen. Here are a couple of excerpts. In the excerpt, the former NFL cornerback talks about family members,..." April 11

  • Whitehead should get nod over Van Noy at OLB for Lions

    Fox Sports Detroit "One of the more interesting position battles heading into this coming season for the Detroit Lions will be at outside linebacker between Tahir Whitehead and Kyle Van Noy. Whitehead has to be considered the favorite, based on his performance last season. But the Lions had high expectations for..." April 10

  • Lions' Stafford works out on New Zealand honeymoon

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford is on his honeymoon in New Zealand, climbing mountains, tasting wine and enjoying life as a married man. But, apparently, football isn't far from this mind, either. Stafford's wife, Kelly, posted a video on Instagram of the Detroit Lions quarterback running stairs while in..." April 10

  • Ex-Lions RB Kevin Smith charged with resisting arrest

    Detroit News "Former Lions running back Kevin Smith was arrested in Orlando, Florida, after police say he fled the scene of a car accident and then disobeyed a police officer. Campus police at Central Florida, where Smith attended, say Smith was being questioned about a car accident he was involved in and..." April 09

  • 2015 NFL preseason schedule announced

    CBSSports.com "Preseason football may be some four months off, but the NFL wants to give you time to get adequately pumped for what amounts to glorified practices. That's right: On Thursday, the league announced the 2015 preseason schedule in all its meaningless glory. Meaningless may be an overstatement; the..." April 09

  • Titus Young pleads no contest; will be sentenced on May 5

    ESPN.com "Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young pleaded no contest to one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury in a Los Angeles County courtroom. He had been arrested on July 9, 2014, and initially faced charges of one felony battery count with serious bodily injury and four..." April 09

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    Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

    Offer sheet DE George Johnson signed w/ Buccaneers worth a total $9 million over 3 years, source says. Waiting to see if Lions will match.

  • Bucs announce signing of RFA George Johnson; Lions have 5 days to match

    Michigan Live "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced via the team's Twitter account they've signed Detroit Lions defensive end George Johnson to a three-year contract. The terms of the deal have not been announced, but as a restricted free agent, the Lions have five days to match the offer. An undrafted free..." April 08

  • Report: Lions' James Ihedigbo won't report to team activities without new deal

    The Score "James Ihedigbo was an integral part of the Detroit Lions' defense in 2014 and wants to be compensated accordingly. Ihedigbo's agent said that his client will not participate in any Lions' activities without a new contract, according to Brad Galli of WXYZ Detroit." April 07

  • Ngata trade hit Twitter before Lions told Caldwell

    Detroit News "General manager Martin Mayhew recently described how the Lions landed Haloti Ngata in a trade, but president Tom Lewand shared one quirky detail last week at the team's annual town hall meeting with season-ticket holders. According to Lewand, news of the deal with the Baltimore Ravens was on..." April 07

  • Detroit Lions in 'ideal' cap situation for extension talks with DeAndre Levy, Haloti Ngata, others

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions were prepared to give Ndamukong Suh $102 million over the next six years. He turned it down. And that leaves the Lions with a lot of money to spend elsewhere. What do they plan to do with it? "We look to the guys coming up this year -- that nucleus of young talent we..." April 07

  • Lions want Matthew Stafford to take more chances in 2015

    Pride Of Detroit "In 2014, the Detroit Lions' plan for quarterback Matthew Stafford was pretty clear. In order to limit turnovers, the Lions seemingly put him in a position to take fewer chances. Whether that meant fewer deep shots or more conservative play calling, the Lions were really intent on limiting the..." April 06

  • Marijuana suspension could be part of reason Detroit Lions haven't re-signed C.J. Mosley

    Michigan Live "There were fears that the Detroit Lions' top-ranked defense would slip without Nick Fairley. But it still managed to finish second overall, and was ranked No. 1 against the run. C.J. Mosley was a major reason why. He spent most of his two years with Detroit operating as the team's top..." April 05

  • Ebron works with Stafford; was he asked to do too much?

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell spent a few minutes gushing about Eric Ebron's off-season at the NFL owners meetings last week, but when pressed for specifics about what the Detroit Lions' second-year tight end was doing to improve, Caldwell clammed up. "Can't give you all of our secrets, but he's working,"..." April 04

  • Lions add CB Josh Wilson

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have strengthened their secondary depth. Detroit has reached a one-year contract with cornerback Josh Wilson, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reported Friday. " April 03

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    Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider

    Brandon Copeland signs with the Detroit Lions, according to a league source, after visiting five teams after running 4.52 at vet combine

  • Former Gilman standout Brandon Copeland signs with Detroit Lions, sources say

    Baltimore Sun "Former Gilman standout Brandon Copeland, a Sykesville native, has signed with the Detroit Lions, according to NFL sources. Copeland visited five teams, including the Lions, and drew interest from a dozen teams, including the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. The former Ravens..." April 02

  • Ebron works with Stafford; was he asked to do too much?

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell spent a few minutes gushing about Eric Ebron's off-season at the NFL owners meetings last week, but when pressed for specifics about what the Detroit Lions' second-year tight end was doing to improve, Caldwell clammed up. "Can't give you all of our secrets, but he's working,"..." April 01

  • Golden Tate doesn't see losing Ndamukong Suh as adding offensive pressure

    ESPN.com "Golden Tate sees the loss of Ndamukong Suh, like most others, as a blow to the Detroit Lions. What the receiver doesn't think, though, is that the changes on the Lions' defense will put more pressure on Detroit's offense featuring Tate, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. "No, I don't think..." March 31

  • Kellen Moore in the mix for backup quarterback job?

    Pride Of Detroit "It looks like the Detroit Lions might have an actual competition for the backup quarterback job this year. After re-signing both Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore this offseason, the Detroit Lions have the same top three at quarterback as last year. This year, however, the order of that top three..." March 31

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    Kyle Meinke @kmeinke

    Mayhew said he expects the Lions to pursue an extension with Haloti Ngata, but those discussions have yet to begin

  • Detroit 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 28

  • Lions' Caldwell: It just 'didn't work out' with Bush

    Detroit Free Press "Sean Payton had dinner with Reggie Bush in Los Angeles after Bush was cut by the Detroit Lions last month, and the pair might have reunited in New Orleans with the Saints if not for C.J. Spiller's unexpected availability. Bush signed instead with the San Francisco 49ers, and first-year 49ers..." March 28

  • 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

    NFL.com "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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