Lions Rumors & News

  • Could Matt Cassel beat out Jake Rudock for QB job in Detroit?

    Michigan Live "Jake Rudck beat out a veteran quarterback for the No. 2 job last season. And it looks like he's going to have to do it again. The Detroit Lions signed Matt Cassel earlier this month, and the reason is simple. "He's a good quarterback," general manager Bob Quinn said. Cassel, now 35 years..." April 23

  • 'Interesting' Marcus Davenport could fill Detroit Lions pass rush need

    Detroit Free Press "He smiled that casual smile of his, licked his lips and raised an eyebrow of self-assurance. When Marcus Davenport first hit the road to introduce himself to NFL teams at the Senior Bowl in January, not as a player — film tells the story there — but as a person, a reporter asked the Texas-San..." April 22

  • Lions could find Quin’s successor at safety in draft

    Detroit News "Whether talking about drafting someone to replace an aging starter, or trading away a player near the end of their career, the adage always has been “better a year early than a year too late.” You could probably find several ways to apply this to the Detroit Lions’ roster, but today we’re looking..." April 21

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Dwight Freeney to Retire as a Colt After 16 Seasons in the NFL

    SI "After 16 years in the NFL, Dwight Freeney will sign a one-day contract with Indianapolis to retire a Colt, the team announced Thursday. The defensive end was a 2002 first-round pick out of Syracuse, and he played 11 seasons with Indianapolis, earning a 2007 Super Bowl ring with the team. He..." April 20

  • Lions Waive CB Adairius Barnes

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Detroit Lions announced Thursday that they’ve placed CB Adairius Barnes on waivers. Barnes, 23, signed on with the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech back in 2016. He managed to make the 53-man roster during his rookie season, but was later waived and signed to their..." April 19

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • Lions' Ezekiel Ansah signs franchise tag, becomes top-paid DE in NFL

    Michigan Live "Ezekiel Ansah is officially the highest-paid defensive end in the NFL. The Detroit Lions announced on Tuesday that Ansah has signed his franchise tag, which is valued at $17.143 million. That matches Dallas' DeMarcus Lawrence, who will also play under the tag, for the top-paid players at the..." April 17

  • Lions must dive in deep draft pool for running backs

    Detroit News "■ Current roster: Ameer Abdullah, LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington, Tion Green ■ Top prospects: Saquon Barkley, Derrius Guice ■ Mid-round options: Sony Michel, Nick Chubb, Kerryon Johnson, Ronald Jones, Rashaad Penny, Royce Freeman ■ Late-round fits: Kalen..." April 16

  • Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is 'definitely ready for a big year'

    Detroit Free Press "Ameer Abdullah spent two months this offseason living with his brother in California and training with a host of current and future NFL stars, including Odell Beckham Jr., Leonard Fournette and Saquon Barkley. That Abdullah spent the winter working out with some of his most accomplished peers..." April 16

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • Lions' Ziggy Ansah expected to sign tender, report for workouts

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions were hopeful that Ziggy Ansah would take part in a portion of voluntary workouts this offseason so first-year coach Matt Patricia could get to know his star pass rusher. It appears, they'll get their wish. NFL Network reported Monday that Ansah will sign his franchise..." April 16

  • Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia to new team: We're better than 9-7

    Detroit Free Press "It’s only been a week, and NFL rules have prevented him from doing much hands-on coaching, but Matt Patricia has made a favorable first impression on his players – one of whom admits the new Detroit Lions coach wasn’t quite what he expected. “There’s definitely a narrative that’s written about..." April 16

  • Boston College DE Harold Landry makes pre-draft visit to Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "Harold Landry said last month that it would be "awesome" to reunite with his old defensive line coach, Paul Pasqualoni, and start his NFL career with the Lions. For the Lions, the feeling might be mutual. The Lions hosted the Boston College pass rusher on a pre-draft visit Friday, one of at..." April 15

  • Golden Tate's price tag probably just went up after Jarvis Landry's deal

    Michigan Live "The NFL likes to shuffle through slot receivers in this mismatch league, but it has a couple great ones who are what they are year-in and year-out. One of them just got paid in an enormous way. The other is Golden Tate, and he waits for the same. Jarvis Landry is cashing in with the Browns,..." April 12

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Lions GM says keeping Ziggy Ansah was ‘No. 1 conversation’ in offseason

    Clutch Points "One of the first moves that the Detroit Lions conducted this NFL offseason was the decision to designate star defensive end Ziggy Ansah under the franchise tag for the 2018 campaign. It has kept in place one of their cornerstones on the defensive side of the ball for at least through next..." April 10

  • Matthew Stafford, wife Kelly announce they are expecting third child

    Larry Brown Sports "Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly have had their hands full for the past year or so raising twin girls, and things on the home front are about to get even busier for the Detroit Lions quarterback. On Tuesday, Mrs. Stafford announced that she and Matthew are expecting their third child in..." April 10

  • Lions Re-Sign RFA WR T.J. Jones

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they’ve re-signed restricted free agent WR T.J. Jones. Detroit used the original-round restricted tender on Jones, which will cost them $1.907 million for the 2018 season. Jones, 25, is a former sixth-round pick of the Lions back in 2014." April 09

  • Ziggy Ansah in Ghana, won’t be at Lions workouts Monday

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions will start their first offseason work since hiring Matt Patricia as their head coach on Monday and one of the team’s top defensive players is not expected to be there. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah got the franchise tag from the Lions to open the offseason and has not signed it yet, so..." April 08

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • Detroit Lions' Kenny Golladay among 10 players 'primed to break out'

    Detroit Free Press "As a Detroit Lions rookie last season, receiver Kenny Golladay displayed tantalizing ability, though inconsistent. A third-round pick out of Northern Illinois, he caught two fourth-quarter touchdowns in his debut in the season opener against Arizona. And though he missed five games due to..." April 04

  • Lions sign Matt Cassel to back up Matthew Stafford

    Sportsnaut "The Detroit Lions have brought in veteran quarterback Matt Cassel to back up starter Matthew Stafford, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Cassel hasn’t been a starting-caliber quarterback in years. However, he is a capable backup who has a connection with Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head..." April 04

  • Jets To Sign C Travis Swanson

    Pro Football Rumors "The Jets are expected to sign former Lions center Travis Swanson, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Swanson will almost certainly join New York as a reserve, as the Jets already signed former Redskin Spencer Long last month to be their starting center. While Swanson could..." April 03

  • Paul Pasqualoni will call Lions' defensive plays, but Matt Patricia will weigh in

    Michigan Live "Matt Patricia joined Lions beat writers for breakfast on Tuesday morning during the NFL owners meetings at the Ritz-Carlton here in Central Florida. Although his meal consisted solely of Diet Pepsi. And the breaking news was just about as light. If anything has emerged about how Patricia..." April 02

  • Detroit Lions have edge in evaluating D-linemen with Pasqualoni, Davis

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions are in a unique spot when it comes to evaluating three of the best defensive linemen in this month’s NFL draft. Boston College defensive end Harold Landry, Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport and Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne are all potential first-round..." April 02

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Golden Tate is one of the best bargains in football. And it's about to expire.

    Michigan Live "Ask Matt Patricia what he likes about his offense, and he'll start with the quarterback. And given Matthew Stafford has played the last couple years, that's understandable. But let him talk long enough -- and that guy loves to talk -- and, man, does it become apparent just how much he loves his..." April 02

  • Why the second round could be a perfect time for Lions to trade down

    Michigan Live "Bob Quinn would like a trade down. That's what he said to reporters this week at the league's owners meetings. It's the kind of message that says loud and clear that the Lions are open for business. The question is where best to try it, if they even can. General managers generally love the..." April 01

  • Lions could go the cheap food route at Ford Field

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is a copycat league in more ways than one. With the Falcons drawing rave reviews for the decision to remove the thumbs for the scales when it comes to pricing in-stadium food options, the Lions are now considering the same approach. Via Kyle Meinke of mlive.com, Lions president Rod..." March 31

  • Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia 'excited' to work with Jake Rudock

    Detroit Free Press "Jake Rudock didn’t know it at the time, but in Game 3 of the preseason last year, he was auditioning for new Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia. Rudock played three second-half series' in that game, led the Lions’ second-string offense to two touchdowns against the New England Patriots’ backup..." March 31

  • Lions Unlikely To Sign Ansah To Long-Term Deal?

    Pro Football Rumors "Some teams use the franchise tag to buy some time to negotiate with their players on a long-term deal. That doesn’t appear to be the case in Detroit with Ezekiel Ansah. Appearing on PFT Live, general manager Bob Quinn alluded to taking a wait-and-see approach with the fifth-year defensive end...." March 30

  • Lions Sign C Wesley Johnson

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Detroit Lions announced Thursday that they’ve signed C Wesley Johnson to a contract. The Lions brought Johnson in for a visit on Wednesday and it appears as though everything checked. Johnson, 27, is a former fifth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2014. He lasted just a few months in..." March 29

  • Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate could be next in line for contract extension

    Detroit Free Press "In his first two seasons as general manager, Bob Quinn has shown a propensity to get long-term deals done with his best players right before the start of the season. He did it with Matthew Stafford and Glover Quin last year, and with Darius Slay, Theo Riddick and Sam Martin the summer..." March 29

  • Lions Signing TE Levine Toilolo

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Jeremy Fowler, the Lions are signing veteran TE Levine Toilolo to a one-year contract on Wednesday. The Lions brought in Toilolo for a visit in recent weeks, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise. Detroit recently signed TE Luke Willson in an attempt to bolster their depth at the..." March 28

  • Wesley Johnson visiting Detroit

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions are hosting offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Johnson, 27, has played 41 games with 24 starts. The Steelers made him a fifth-round pick in 2014, but Pittsburgh waived him October 11 of his rookie season." March 28

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • Detroit Lions' Ziggy Ansah has no immediate plans to sign franchise tag

    Detroit Free Press "When the Detroit Lions used the franchise tag on Cliff Avril in 2012, the defensive end decided not to sign his tender until August so he could enjoy his son's first birthday at home. Avril missed eight days of training camp that year, and eventually left for the Seattle Seahawks in free agency..." March 28

  • Lions won’t close door on Abdullah despite addition of Blount

    Detroit News "The rave reviews continue to come in for LeGarrette Blount, the Detroit Lions’ newest running back. But the team’s brass, namely general manager Bob Quinn, isn’t closing the door on continued contributions from last year’s starter, Ameer Abdullah. “My first year, Ameer had the injury, so he..." March 27

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Lions add linebacker depth, sign Jonathan Freeny

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions added more linebacking depth Monday morning, announcing the signing of Jonathan Freeny. Freeny, 28, split last season between three rosters, finishing the year with the New Orleans Saints. The two previous years, he played for the New England Patriots, appearing in 18 games..." March 26

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • NFL not considering rule change on fumbles through the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere. Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many..." March 23

  • NFL considering ‘McDaniels rule’ allowing assistants to take new jobs during playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t. NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant..." March 23

  • Matt Patricia continuing to give former Patriots a look with Lions

    WEEI Boston "Over the weekend, Matt Patricia and the Lions signed former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, and now this week Patricia is continuing to give some former Patriots a look. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Lions and defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois are working on a..." March 21

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