Lions Rumors & News

  • Calvin Johnson likes Lions' chances "The Detroit Lions have been a stranger to success, but some members of the 2014 version are bullish on their chances this season, including the team's best player. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who discussed with NFL Network his No. 2 ranking on the network's Top 100 players list this week,..." July 12

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    Rob Rang @RobRang

    Draft started and is over with no players being selected.

  • Federal Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

    Slate "A federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to the concussion compensation deal between the NFL and former players. The ruling comes two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody raised questions over whether the $675 million cap on damages paid by the league was sufficient to cover the..." July 08

  • Joique Bell says he's 'feeling 100 percent'

    Pride Of Detroit "Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell was unable to take part in the team's OTAs and mandatory minicamp because of a knee injury. His absence was precautionary more than anything, but it was still a bit concerning that he had an injury related to the tendinitis he dealt with last season. The..." July 08

  • Rashean Mathis knows pressure is on as Lions' top cornerback

    Detroit Free Press "Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis will turn 34 in August. And the two biggest questions about him are whether he can maintain his healthy streak and find a time machine to recapture his youth. Mathis had a few minor issues with a head injury and a groin last season, when he missed only one game..." July 07

  • Detroit Lions' Ryan Broyles (torn Achilles) showing good progress in return

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles had a good minicamp, making impressive catches and flashing his speed and agility as he showed good progress in his return from a torn Achilles tendon last season. “I haven’t felt this healthy to do anything in the off-season,” he said. “I (couldn’t do) a lot..." July 06

  • Lions Calvin Johnson builds solid foundation

    USA Today "Calvin Johnson grabs a chair, turns it around and sits. His mother, Dr. Arica Johnson, has just finished giving a world-class presentation to five young men who have been awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships through her son's foundation. The presentation is part of a two-day leadership..." July 06

  • Ndamukong Suh would enjoy sacking Peyton Manning

    Oregonian "I asked Suh who it is he really wanted to sack and his eyes danced. What NFL quarterback would a defensive tackle with 27.5 career sacks absolutely drool over bringing down behind the line of scrimmage? Suh's answer came: "Peyton Manning --- without question. Peyton's going to go down in the..." July 04

  • James Ihedigbo: Lions have “that championship DNA”

    Pro Football Talk "Safety James Ihedigbo likes what he’s seen since joining the Lions as a free agent this offseason. Ihedigbo is brimming with optimism about what his new team is capable of doing a year after crumbling down the strech on their way to a 7-9 season. A failure to close up a playoff spot that was..." July 04

  • Lions' Brandon Pettigrew OK in blocking role

    Detroit Free Press "Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew got a $16-million, four-year contract this year and maybe a little perspective that could pay off big for his team. He is being counted on to be a leader while ceding his spot as the top pass-catching tight end to rookie Eric Ebron. Even if Pettigrew is asked..." July 04

  • Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy adjusts to changing role in defense

    Detroit Free Press "Gunther Cunningham was dead right last year about outside linebacker DeAndre Levy. As the Lions’ defensive coordinator last year, Cunningham said in September that he expected Levy to have a breakout year in his fifth season based on what the wisdom of late Oakland Raiders owner Al..." July 02

  • Eric Ebron expects to line up all over the place

    Pro Football Talk "Last month, Lions first-round pick Eric Ebron said that he thought the NFL needs a designation for tight ends that line up in various places on offense while serving mainly as a receiver in order to avoid situations like the one the Saints and Jimmy Graham are going through over his franchise tag..." July 02

  • Detroit Lions CB Bill Bentley's comfort level, confidence growing in new defensive scheme

    Michigan Live "In practice, Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley has the look of a play-maker. The third-year defensive back, who projects as the team's starting nickelback, glides through the short and intermediate areas of the field, reads and reacts well, and gets his hands on a fair share of..." July 01

  • Peterson: Jones and White are best WR tandem in NFL

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones recently laid claim to him and Roddy White being the top wide receiver tandem in the NFL. Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, arguably the best pure cornerback in the league, agreed with Jones before playing in the Celebrity Golf Classic at the Reynolds..." June 30

  • In season of change, Detroit Lions' offensive line may be the strength from last year

    Detroit Free Press "Don’t look now, but it’s quite possible the Detroit Lions’ often-maligned offensive line isn’t only good — it’s the best in the NFC North. Last season, the Lions allowed only 23 sacks, which was second in the NFL only to the Denver Broncos’ 20 sacks. The Lions also allowed only 68 quarterback..." June 29

  • Lions’ quest for Jason Hanson’s replacement enters second season

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions aren’t used to making annual changes at kicker. Of course, the longevity discussion starts with Jason Hanson, who held the job from 1992 through 2012 — a 21-season run. And before Hanson, there was Eddie Murray, who handled the kicking duties for 12 seasons (1980-91). Now, the Lions..." June 28

  • Ex-Cowboy Terrell Owens' list of top NFL wide receivers doesn't include Dez Bryant

    Dallas Morning News "Former Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens joined the NFL Network crew on Total Access and was asked to pick the top wide receivers in the league. Here's T.O.'s top four: Detroit's Calvin Johnson - no brainer. Chicago's Brandon Marshall - OK. Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown - on the..." June 28

  • Chris Houston: Lions' release was mutual decision

    Detroit Free Press "Former Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston told the Austin American-Statesman that his release this month was a mutual decision designed to help him get healthy for the fall. Houston suffered a toe injury when someone stepped on his foot during a December loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He..." June 26

  • Report: Lions' Reggie Bush sells Hollywood Hills home for $5.7M

    Detroit News "Anyone dreaming of winning the lottery and buying Reggie Bush’s gorgeous house in Los Angeles must now look for a new dream. The Lions running back sold the 4,800-square foot home in the Hollywood Hills for $5.7 million, according to the Los Angeles Times, just shy of the $6 million asking..." June 26

  • NFL agrees to blank check to pay concussion damages

    New York Post "The NFL’s stalled concussion settlement with 4,500 former players appeared to pick up steam again Wednesday when the league agreed to lift the cap on money available to eligible victims. Under the new agreement, the NFL must pay claims for the next 65 years while no longer limiting the fund for..." June 26

  • Detroit Lions' Golden Tate: Ex-teammate Richard Sherman earned Madden cover

    Detroit Free Press "As teammates the past three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, receiver Golden Tate and cornerback Richard Sherman had plenty of battles in practice. Tate had a front-row seat for Sherman’s brash brand of competitiveness and talent. When Sherman recently was named the cover player for this..." June 22

  • Why Advertisements are Probably Coming to NFL Jerseys

    ACME Packing Company "The Green Bay Packers wear some of the most iconic uniforms in all of sports. They're simple, clean, a palette of football nostalgia that harkens back to the days where you could drink scotch at work, smoke on airplanes and mustaches were a defining feature of one's manliness. If you like these..." June 22

  • NFLPA collusion lawsuit to proceed "A court overturned a decision to dismiss the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL for collusion stemming from salary cap penalties toward the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday reportedly overturned a decision by Judge David..." June 20

  • Lions cut CB Chris Houston, one year after he signs $25M deal

    Detroit News "Just one year after signing him to a five-year, $25 million contract, the Lions have released cornerback Chris Houston, the team announced Friday. Houston started 54 games at cornerback the past four seasons after being acquired from the Atlanta Falcons in 2010 for two draft picks, a..." June 14

  • Lions' Matthew Stafford to have more control over offense

    Detroit News "Before many Saints plays, quarterback Drew Brees repeatedly shouts “kill” to signal which of the two called plays the offense will run. Brees and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning have as much pre-snap control as anyone in the league, and with three coaches who worked with them on the Lions..." June 12

  • Lions TE Tony Scheffler retires from NFL because of concussions

    Detroit Free Press "Tony Scheffler is retiring from the NFL. The former Detroit Lions and Western Michigan tight end told the Associated Press today that he made the choice because he had three concussions over the past four years. He had 258 receptions for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns in his eight-year..." June 11

  • Bush: Stafford fits 'perfectly' with new offense "After closing last season with a 2-6 record as Matthew Stafford struggled down the stretch, the Detroit Lions entered the offseason determined to fix their franchise quarterback. Noted quarterback mentor Jim Caldwell has been rebuilding Stafford's confidence, telling reporters that his new..." June 10

  • Nate Burleson, on his return to Detroit: 'I'm going to get a fine'

    Michigan Live "Linebacker Stephen Tulloch and center Dominic Raiola drew a slew of Lions players for their charity softball game Saturday in suburban Detroit. It was a sea of blue and silver on that field. And then there was Nate Burleson. The former Lions receiver, who signed this offseason with the..." June 08

  • Burleson sees similarity in Stafford, Manziel "He spent four seasons with one highly-touted, highly-drafted quarterback, and now Nate Burleson might end his career playing for another one. After four seasons working with Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, Burleson is now catching passes from the most well-known player..." June 08

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    Chris McCosky @cmccosky

    Rob Sims, entering final year of his contract, hopes new deal can be reached before he hit free agency. Wants to finish career in the D

  • Mikel Leshoure expects to be more involved in Detroit Lions offense this season

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions tailback Mikel Leshoure got just two carries last season, which means there's pretty much no where to go but up. And he anticipates that's exactly what's going to happen. "I can't tell you (what my role will be) during OTAs, but it looks like I'll be involved a little more that..." June 07

  • Larry Foote, Kronk VIPs get emotional at funeral for Keith Lee

    Detroit Free Press "Larry Foote fought back tears. The former Michigan linebacker was overcome with emotion about losing his mentor and friend Keith Lee, the veteran Kronk Gym boxing trainer who died suddenly last Friday at age 57. Foote, 33, the longtime Pittsburgh Steeler who played briefly for the Detroit..." June 07

  • Lions' Teryl Austin: 'You've got to have a lot of guys like Don Carey'

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have installed a new defense that favors players who are versatile. It favors players such as Don Carey. He is a reserve safety whose primary value has been on special teams. He played just 197 defensive snaps last year, most of which came late in the season with the..." June 07

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    Brian McCarthy @NFLprguy

    focusing on 3 cities for now to potentially host next year's Draft (NYC, Chi, LA). other cities remain in the mix

  • Lions rookie LB Kyle Van Noy signs four-year contract

    Detroit News "Pretty good week for the Lions’ Kyle Van Noy. On Saturday, he will marry his long-time love, former Miss Utah Marissa Powell. On Wednesday, he got a nice wedding present from his employer. The Lions signed Van Noy, their second-round pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year rookie contract...." June 05

  • Jahvid Best suit vs. NFL dismissed "Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best's civil lawsuit against the NFL and helmet makers Riddell and Easton-Bell Sports has been dismissed. A document obtained by showed Best's case against the league was dismissed from the Wayne County Circuit Court in Michigan on May 6 due to..." June 05

  • Roman numerals holiday: NFL not using them for Super Bowl 50

    Sporting News "There will be no Super Bowl L. Oh, don't worry, the NFL's annual championship game and crossover sports spectacle will still take place at the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in 2016. It just won't be labeled with a Roman numeral that translates to English shorthand for "loser." The..." June 05

  • Lions want defense to offer multiple looks "Last week, the Detroit Lions' defense dominated the team's offense in organized team activities. This week, the leader of the new-look, aggressive defense explained the method to his madness. "We're going to try to give offenses as many looks as we can," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin..." June 04

  • Nick Fairley surprised that Lions declined his option, but he's over it

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley says that he feels he played well enough last season to earn his $5.5-million, fifth-year contract option for 2015, but the team refused to exercise it this spring. "I felt like I would (earn it), yeah," Fairley said today, after taking part in an..." June 04

  • Nick Fairley has lost nearly 30 pounds this offseason

    Pride Of Detroit "When the Detroit Lions declined to pick up the fifth-year option in defensive tackle Nick Fairley's contract earlier this offseason, general manager Martin Mayhew made it known that motivation played a big part in his decision. Fairley may have recorded a career-high 6.0 sacks in 2013, but the..." June 03

  • Report: NFLPA mulls change on how players get paid

    Fox Sports "The NFL Players Association is proposing an idea, which would assist players in managing their money by changing the pay cycles of their base salaries, according to a USA Today Sports report. The proposal would mean players would be paid on a bi-weekly schedule over a 52-week calendar year,..." June 03

  • Devin Taylor could be key to Detroit Lions' varied defensive fronts

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions are installing a series of changes to their defense under new coordinator Teryl Austin. Though the base scheme remains a 4-3, they are bringing more pressure from each level of the defense. They are blitzing from several angles and positions. They are mixing up the..." June 01

  • James Ihedigbo: Lions will be “hard-hitting, vicious, physical”

    Detroit News "Under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, the Lions defense will be much more aggressive in 2014, and one way the unit will contain offenses will likely be an increased use of its base formation. The Lions deployed their nickel package in nearly two-thirds of their defensive snaps in 2013,..." June 01

  • Lions QB Kellen Moore will have to fight off James Franklin for third-string job

    Detroit News "Lions quarterback Kellen Moore said he wasn’t paying attention this offseason as general manager Martin Mayhew discussed the need to add a proven backup behind Matthew Stafford. He understands the need for competition. “It’s the way it works,” Moore said of competition. “Everyone is going to..." May 31

  • Nick Fairley accepts option decision "Nick Fairley is in a contract year now and the Detroit Lions defensive tackle understands that. Speaking publicly for the first time about the team not picking up his fifth-year option, Fairley told the Detroit Free Press that he's trying to look at it as a positive. "I kind of said it's a..." May 31

  • Lions' Nick Fairley slims down, gets motivated this off-season

    Detroit Free Press "Nick Fairley was in Houston and, of all things, in the middle of a workout when general manager Martin Mayhew called him one morning this spring to tell him the Detroit Lions were not going to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. While the news seemed odd to many – Fairley, a..." May 31

  • Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) might not be back until training camp

    Michigan Live "Joique Bell has more passes than carries this offseason, and that will continue to be the case for the immediate future. The Detroit Lions tailback hasn't participated in any of the first five OTAs due to an injured knee, and isn't optimistic about his chances of appearing in next week's final..." May 29

  • Healthy Calvin Johnson talks injuries "Calvin Johnson would not talk about his injuries last season -- not about the knees that ached or the finger that was busted. When asked about his health, he'd deflect the questions even though it became obvious he wasn't himself on the field. He would miss practice -- something he's loath to..." May 29

  • Mikel Leshoure excited to have a chance to play

    Pro Football Talk "Lions running back Reggie Bush said last week that the offense being installed by new coordinator Joe Lombardi is “exactly” like the one that the Saints ran before and after Bush was in New Orleans. That makes sense given Lombardi came to Detroit from the Saints and it also makes things a bit..." May 25

  • Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay looks impressive in OTAs after working out kinks with Rod Woodson

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions featured one of the worst cornerback corps in the NFL last year. Yet they did not add a starting-caliber cornerback in free agency, and waited until the third day of the NFL draft to select a defensive back of any kind. While Detroit's willingness to stand pat has..." May 25