Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions cornerback Alex Carter gets work at safety

    Detroit News "Last season, Kerry Hyder made a highly successful position change for the Detroit Lions, dropping approximately 40 pounds as part of a move from defensive tackle to defensive end. Not only did he beat the odds and make the roster, he finished the year with a team-high eight sacks. Asked..." May 25

  • Jim Caldwell confident Lions, Calvin Johnson will mend relationship

    Larry Brown Sports "Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is confident that the franchise will be able to mend its relationship with retired wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Over the weekend, Johnson made some noise about being unhappy with the way his tenure with the Lions ended after the 2015 season. There is..." May 24

  • Jim Harbaugh takes blame for 2011 incident with Jim Schwartz

    ESPN "Jim Harbaugh admitted this week that enthusiasm might have gotten the better of him in one of the more memorable postgame handshakes in recent NFL history. Harbaugh, who is known for his enthusiasm, said during an interview on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast that he was in the wrong in..." May 24

  • Ameer Abdullah could be headed for a featured role in Detroit

    Pro Football Talk "The running back the Cardinals wanted to draft before drafting David Johnson may soon get a chance to have an impact similar to Arizona’s 2015 Plan B option. Lions running back Ameer Abdullah recently said he’d be better than any other option the team may bring in. They didn’t bring anyone in..." May 23

  • Calvin Johnson joins Raiders for first week of OTAs

    Pro Football Talk "Ten years ago, the Raiders didn’t want Calvin Johnson. They now do. Sort of. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Johnson will join the Raiders during the first week of Organized Team Activities. He’ll attend as a guest of offensive coordinator Todd Downing. It’s unclear whether Johnson will be..." May 23

  • Rogers: Calvin Johnson deserved better from Lions

    Detroit News "There isn’t a manual for these things. But when you begin examining how NFL franchises have handled similar issues over the years, a pattern has developed: There’s a right way and a wrong way for an organization to handle the retirement of a player still under contract. Calvin Johnson isn’t..." May 23

  • Golden Tate's shake and bake could still be staple of Lions offense

    Michigan Live "Golden Tate took a windy route to lead the Detroit Lions in receiving yards last season, but along the way, he helped discover who he is. It came after the slow start and the benching, after Marvin Jones came down from a simmering entrance and Calvin Johnson's value became painfully clear...." May 22

  • Calvin Johnson right to be miffed at Detroit Lions for way things ended

    Detroit Free Press "When Tony Romo retired from the NFL last month, the Dallas Cowboys gave him a nice parting gift. Romo was allowed to keep $5 million in signing-bonus prorations that the team could have otherwise forced him to repay under the current collective bargaining agreement. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones,..." May 22

  • Calvin Johnson: “Of course” I had concussions I hid from the doctors

    Detroit Free Press "If Tom Brady played through a brain injury last season like his wife, Giselle Bundchen, suggested, he wouldn’t be the first NFL player to do so. In fact, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said that’s a regular practice in the NFL “Guys get concussions, they don’t tell the..." May 22

  • Lions' Teez Tabor uses speed criticism as motivation

    NFL.com "Who knew the 40-yard dash could even impact football players after the draft? After setting an NFL Scouting Combine record with a 4.22-second dash, John Ross challenged the fastest alive, Usain Bolt, to a race. On the opposite end, though, Lions cornerback Teez Tabor continues to face a..." May 21

  • Lions DE takes Wall Street gig while living on 15 percent of NFL salary

    ESPN "Brandon Copeland was up late in Baltimore, staring at his screens in the makeshift basement office in his mother’s home. He read everything he could, notes scribbled to create the presentations he needed to make. The hours stretched into the early morning, sometimes as late as 2 a.m. His team,..." May 21

  • Jarrad Davis will put his pants on a little different than anybody else

    Michigan Live "Jarrad Davis knows his entrance to the Detroit Lions can't be a big deal. Sure, he was their first-round pick, taken to fill the void DeAndre Levy left behind at the position of greatest need for a team that just reached the playoffs. He's going to be a three-down player from the start,..." May 20

  • Calvin Johnson not pleased with Lions' treatment after retirement

    Detroit Free Press "Calvin Johnson and Marshawn Lynch left college together a decade ago and went 10 picks apart in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. They worked out together as they prepared for the NFL combine, and they walked away from the game together months apart after the 2015 season. But while..." May 20

  • Detroit Lions' Sam Martin still wants to work out with Johnny Hekker

    Detroit Free Press "The top two punters in the NFL might be combining forces to make each other even better. Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin said at the Taste of the Lions charity event Wednesday that he still intends to spend some time working out with the Los Angeles Rams' Johnny Hekker this summer. Hekker..." May 19

  • Lions rookie Teez Tabor expects to be past hamstring injury by camp

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Teez Tabor’s final pre-draft workout was with the Lions because he wasn’t able to do any more on-field work after tweaking his hamstring during that session. The turn of events seemed to work out OK for Detroit as they were able to use the 53rd pick in the draft on Tabor, but it..." May 19

  • 9 NFL players who could be traded before the start of the 2017 season

    Fox Sports "We don't see too many trades in the NFL, and that's a shame — trading is one of the most interesting parts of sports. Ultimately, it's difficult for teams to pull the trigger on a deal — often a player that's being shopped in a trade is one that is also likely to be cut from the roster. Why give..." May 19

  • Wayne Walker, longtime Bay Area sports broadcaster, dies at 80

    San Francisco Chronicle "Wayne Walker, who spent 15 years in the NFL as a linebacker for the Detroit Lions and then two decades in the Bay Area as the sports director for KPIX (Channel 5), died Friday from complications from Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Walker, who had lived in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, since the..." May 19

  • Detroit Lions' Ameer Abdullah: I'm better than whatever RB they were gonna bring in

    Detroit Free Press "Ameer Abdullah never worried that the Detroit Lions would sign Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount or some other running back that would relegate him to a backup role. And the fact the Lions didn't add competition to their backfield through the draft, well, Abdullah doesn't consider that a..." May 18

  • NFL owners expected to approve proposal reducing overtime to 10 minutes

    Sportsnaut "The NFL’s overtime rules are expected to receive a major change in the form of how long the overtime period will last. NFL owners are expected to pass a proposal that would reduce the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 during regular season games, per Judy Battista of NFL Media. This was a..." May 17

  • Pilates helps Lions’ Ebron prepare for rigors of season

    Detroit News "Three years into his professional career and Eric Ebron has yet to play a full season. As a rookie, a hamstring strain cost him three games. A knee injury sidelined him a pair of contests in 2015, and knee and ankle issues forced him from the lineup most of training camp and three..." May 16

  • Lions have talked to Eric Ebron about a long-term extension

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have already picked up Eric Ebron's option for 2018. Now they've opened up talks about a possible long-term extension. "Let's just say Bob (Quinn) is my guy, and we talk often, and, you know, we have things in place," Ebron said after offseason conditioning Tuesday at team..." May 16

  • Detroit Lions pass on Matt Asiata, go young at running back

    Detroit Free Press "After taking a close-up look at one veteran running back at last week’s rookie minicamp, the Detroit Lions have decided for now to stick with their current backfield. The Lions did not sign Matt Asiata after his three-day tryout with the team, though by all accounts his workout went..." May 16

  • Jim Caldwell expects LB Jarrad Davis to help 'quickly'

    NFL.com "The Detroit Lions selected Jarrad Davis with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Prior to the start of rookie minicamp on Friday, head coach Jim Caldwell said he expects Davis to impact the Lions' defense immediately as a rookie. "We expect him to be a factor for us," Caldwell said..." May 13

  • Lions Hall of Famer Yale Lary dies at 86

    Pro Football Talk "Yale Lary, a Lions defensive back, punter and return man who was one of the best football players of the 1950s, has died at the age of 86. A nine-time Pro Bowler, Lary was an important member of the Lions’ last three championship teams, in 1952, 1953 and 1957. Born in Fort Worth, Texas in..." May 12

  • Lions sign Jarrad Davis

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions will open rookie minicamp with their first-round pick under contract. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the team has agreed to a deal with linebacker Jarrad Davis. Like all first-round picks, Davis signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth..." May 12

  • Detroit Lions waive two players before rookie minicamp

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions waived two players on the eve of rookie minicamp Thursday, cutting tight end Kennard Backman and wide receiver Andrew Turzilli. Both Backman and Turzilli were long shots to make the 53-man roster this fall. Turzilli joined the Lions' practice squad late last season, and the..." May 12

  • Lions announce signings of eight draft picks, 14 undrafted free agents

    Pro Football Talk "Word of first-round pick Jarrad Davis‘ signing broke before the Lions announced it, but the team had plenty to add to news of the linebacker’s deal later on Friday. The Lions confirmed that Davis’ contract is done and announced that seven other draft picks have also agreed to terms...." May 12

  • Matthew Stafford Expected To Wait Until Raiders Sign Derek Carr Before Finalizing Deal With Lions

    NFL Trade Rumors "An NFL source tells Jeremy Fowler of ESPN that Lions QB Matthew Stafford will likely wait until the Raiders have locked up QB Derek Carr to a long-term deal before working on a new contract with Detroit. Both players are positioned well to come close to Andrew Luck‘s record six-year, $139.125..." May 11

  • Calvin Johnson: Playing football ‘wasn’t fun any more’

    Michigan Live "Calvin Johnson made $114 million while becoming one of the greatest receivers in the history of the NFL. Jeff Samardzija is under .500 in his 10 years as a major-league pitcher -- though he's been guaranteed at least $128 million to do it. And he didn't have to rack up the kind of physical..." May 10

  • Lions refute reports saying Ezekiel Ansah is actually 29 years old

    Michigan Live "How old is Ezekiel Ansah? The Detroit Lions say their star defensive end is 27 years old. But then he went to Ghana in March to help launch his foundation, and multiple reports in his native country -- like this one, or this one -- pegged him at 29. A team spokesman has refuted those..." May 10

  • Khaseem Greene Facing Legal Trouble

    Pro Football Rumors "The Chiefs released linebacker Khaseem Greene on Tuesday for reasons that weren’t entirely related to football. The Rutgers product was indicted on weapons charges for an incident that went down in December in Elizabeth, New Jersey, as Marisa Iati of NJ.com writes. Prosecutors found..." May 10

  • Alberto Riveron named NFL senior VP of officiating

    NFL.com "The NFL has a new team atop their officiating department. According to a release sent out by the league Wednesday, Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino. Russell Yurk, an NFL replay veteran of..." May 10

  • Lions' Ziggy Ansah: I'll ask Ndamukong Suh for contract advice

    Detroit Free Press "Pro Bowl defensive end Ziggy Ansah said he'll seek advice from one of his best friends, Ndamukong Suh, before deciding between signing a long-term contract extension with the Detroit Lions this summer or waiting to see what's available in free agency next year. "I haven’t talked to him about it..." May 10

  • Ziggy Ansah on 2016: “I feel like I didn’t do my job”

    Pro Football Talk "In 2015, Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah racked up 14.5 sacks. In 2016, he had only two. And while his output was diminished by an ankle injury suffered in Week Two, Ansah assumes responsibility for his performance. “I take it personally,” Ansah said regarding his, and the team’s, lack of sacks..." May 09

  • Too good to pass up, QB Kaaya gives Lions options

    Detroit News "Landing a franchise quarterback is everything in the NFL. It’s almost impossible to consistently compete without one. Just ask the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans, three organizations who have been spinning their wheels the past decade trying to find an answer. But some..." May 08

  • Why Glover Quin might be most valuable part of Detroit Lions' defense

    Detroit Free Press "“Who you do like on the Lions?” When someone finds out I cover the Detroit Lions, this is one of the most common questions I get. Invariably, I find myself giving the same answer: Glover Quin. This answer is usually met with disappointment or indifference because the veteran safety isn’t an..." May 07

  • Lions give away Anquan Boldin's number to rookie

    Michigan Live "Anquan Boldin's return to the Detroit Lions grows unlikelier by the day. The latest sign: The team has given away his number. Tight end Michael Roberts, selected in the fourth round of the draft, tweeted Friday that he has been awarded No. 80. That's the same number we wore in college -- and..." May 06

  • Lions need to fill big hole with LeGarrette Blount

    Detroit News "Bob Quinn doesn’t appear to be a gambling man, at least not yet. So why would he risk getting caught short at one of the Lions’ glaring positions of need? He can’t, not when there’s a ready remedy. LeGarrette Blount is the best free-agent running back available and the Lions should sign him,..." May 05

  • Lions' Haloti Ngata had his brain checked before returning for another year

    Michigan Live "Haloti Ngata went into the offseason with some curiosity in his brain. He decided to check it out. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle was fresh off his 11th NFL season and second with the Detroit Lions. He was 33 years old and 330 pounds, and he felt both in his joints and muscles. But he..." May 04

  • Eric Ebron Says He Was 'Pretty Destroyed' by Injuries During Last Season

    Bleacher Report "Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron revealed to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com on Thursday that he was affected by injuries for much of the 2016 season. "My whole life was bothering me, or at least that's what it felt like every time I tried to get out the bed," he said. "I was pretty beat up, man,..." May 04

  • Lions In “Early Stages” Of Extension Talks With QB Matthew Stafford

    NFL Trade Rumors "Lions GM Bob Quinn mentioned during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that they’re currently in the “early stages” of extension talks with QB Matthew Stafford, per Alex Marvez. “We’re in the early stages of contract negotiations w Matt, confident we can get something done,” Quinn..." May 04

  • Lions cut a cornerback after drafting cornerbacks

    Pro Football Talk "Offseason rosters are at 90 this time of year, but there’s still a certain balance to be kept. So when a team loads up at a position, somebody usually has to go. In Detroit, it was cornerback Ian Wells, who the team announced was being released today." May 02

  • Report | Lions to work out Matt Asiata

    Fanrag Sports "Former Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata is reportedly slated to work out for the Detroit Lions, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. It’s been a career full of peaks and valleys for Asiata, who went undrafted in 2011 out of Utah. The tailback signed with the Vikings, only to be..." May 02

  • Lions & Giants Reportedly In Play For RB LeGarrette Blount

    NFL Trade Rumors "Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, citing league sources, reports that the Lions and Giants are “squarely in play” in for free agent RB LeGarrette Blount now that the draft has ended. Robinson mentions that both the Lions and Giants are looking for a bell-cow running back capable of handling..." May 02

  • Lions pick up the option on Eric Ebron’s contract

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have held their cards close to the vest when it comes to Eric Ebron, but decided he had too much potential to not secure. Via Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, the Lions have picked up the 2018 option on the tight end’s rookie contract. Ebron has gotten progressively..." May 02

  • Bettors quickly push Patriots' win total up to 11.5

    ESPN "A Las Vegas sportsbook on Sunday opened the New England Patriots' season win total at 11, the highest of any team. That number didn't last long. Shortly after posting the first NFL win totals in Las Vegas, the sportsbook at the South Point casino took multiple $1,000 bets on New England to..." May 01

  • Lions will roll with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick after not drafting RB

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions entered the draft with needs spread across both sides of the ball. With eight picks in seven rounds, they addressed a little bit of everything. Well, almost everything. The Lions chose not to draft a running back this weekend. They took two linebackers, two cornerbacks, two..." April 30

  • Lions GM Bob Quinn: Abdullah starting RB, door still open for Boldin

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions did not take a running back with any of their nine picks in this year's NFL draft, and general manager Bob Quinn said tonight that Ameer Abdullah will open the 2017 season as his starter. Abdullah played in just two games last season before undergoing foot surgery, and the..." April 30

  • Lions tab Brad Kaaya late in sixth round

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have taken a quarterback in the sixth round for the second straight year. They selected University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya with the 215th overall pick. Jake Rudock was the 191st pick last year and was the only quarterback on the roster other than Matthew Stafford before the..." April 29

  • 10 best players still available in 2017 NFL Draft

    Larry Brown Sports "The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has officially come to a close and 32 players now have a new home. But what about all the players who remain? What about those who unexpectedly fell? And just how far will those with question-mark players continue to fall? Each of those are legitimate..." April 28

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