Lions Rumors & News

  • 2018 Salary Cap Could Exceed $180M?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Jurecki recently spoke to a source who suggested that the 2018 NFL salary cap could end up exceeding $180 million once it’s finalized for the upcoming league year. Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a month ago that the NFL distributed 2018 salary cap projections to teams..." January 19

  • NFL could reportedly force players to stay in locker room during anthem in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "Forcing players to stand for the national anthem has never really been an option for the NFL, but the league could still explore other means of preventing protests prior to the 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the NFL is considering implementing a policy that would require players..." January 18

  • Detroit Lions hiring Matt Patricia 'done' deal; will Cooter be his OC?

    Detroit Free Press "With Matt Patricia a “done” deal as their next head coach — or as close to being done as it can get with the New England Patriots still playing, a person familiar with the search told the Free Press late Tuesday — the next question the Detroit Lions have to answer is who will be their offensive..." January 17

  • Calvin Johnson insists Lions have not reached out to repair relationship

    Sporting News "Calvin Johnson’s NFL career remains over — as does his relationship with the Detroit Lions. Although the ex-star wide receiver still looks physically capable of playing, the 32-year-old Johnson said Friday that those days are truly behind him after retiring in the 2016 offseason. “I’m not..." January 13

  • Lions WR TJ Jones undergoes surgery, vows quick return

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions receiver TJ Jones has undergone surgery to repair the shoulder injury that ended his breakout season after 14 games. Jones posted to Instagram about the procedure on Wednesday, saying it "went great" and he would be back "ASAP." "I promise you I'll be back ahead of schedule,"..." January 11

  • Shurmur Reportedly “Very Much In Mix” As Lions Continue Search For Head Coach

    CBS Detroit "What looked like a foregone conclusion just a couple days ago has since become anybody’s guess. Who will be the Lions’ next head coach? Matt Patricia was reportedly the guy as recently as Sunday night, but on Wednesday it was reported that the Giants have the inside track on the Patriots..." January 11

  • Detroit Lions coaching search still feels like musical chairs on Titanic

    Detroit Free Press "In August 2001, I was a copy editor at the Free Press when sports editor Gene Myers invited me to the Detroit Lions’ annual kickoff luncheon. There had been a regime change and we were curious. New Lions general manager Matt Millen had hired his first coach, Marty Mornhinweg, so we wanted to..." January 11

  • Lions' Sam Martin vows comeback after 'very, very, very frustrating' season

    Michigan Live "This season wasn't frustrating for Sam Martin, and it wasn't very frustrating either. "It was very, very, very frustrating," the Detroit Lions punter said. "But like I said, I'm already looking forward to camp. I just can't wait to come back. I just couldn't get back to myself. It was..." January 08

  • Patriots' Matt Patricia focused on playoff game, not Detroit Lions job

    Detroit Free Press "Matt Patricia may be the clear favorite to become the next Detroit Lions head coach, but the New England Patriots defensive coordinator had no interest in talking about that possibility during his weekly teleconference Monday. Patricia, who interviewed with the Lions on Friday, artfully dodged..." January 08

  • League fines Quandre Diggs, Darius Slay

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL fined Lions defensive backs Quandre Diggs and Darius Slay for actions in Sunday’s season finale against the Packers, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The league docked Diggs $9,115 for a low block on a first-quarter interception return by Jarrad Davis. Officials threw a flag..." January 06

  • Patriots bracing for Matt Patricia to exit, likely for Detroit

    Pro Football Talk "The band is going to be breaking up, but not in the way that some envisioned. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Patriots are bracing for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to leave, most likely to become the next coach of the Detroit Lions. Patricia, who has a degree in..." January 06

  • Haloti Ngata hopes to return to Lions in 2018

    CBS Detroit "Haloti Ngata has nothing left to prove. The veteran defensive tackle is a five-time Pro-Bowler, a two-time All Pro and a Super Bowl champion. His charitable work off the field earned him the Lions’ 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination. He could call it quits tomorrow, and no one would..." January 06

  • Lions interview Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have wrapped up their sixth head coaching interview, and it's a big one. The club announced Friday night it has completed an interview with Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. At the outset of the coaching search, multiple sources said they believed Patricia was the..." January 06

  • Lions block Teryl Austin from interviewing with Packers

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell, but defensive coordinator Teryl Austin remains under contract so the team can block him from interviewing for the same job with another team. They didn’t stand in the way of such an interview with the Bengals, but the response was a little different for..." January 06

  • Lions interviewed Winston Moss Thursday

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have completed another interview for their head coaching vacancy. The team announced that Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss met with the team on Thursday. The Lions have also interviewed Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel and their own offensive and..." January 04

  • Ex-Lions coach Jim Caldwell not retiring, still wants to coach in NFL

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell dodged a question last week about whether he planned to coach in 2018, saying it hinged on "what the Lord has planned for me." And when he brought his three children and three grandchildren to his final postgame news conference as Lions coach Sunday, some took it as a sign that if..." January 03

  • Terrell Owens, Randy Moss headline 15 finalists for Hall of Fame class of 2018

    CBS Sports "From 108 to 27 to 15. The list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018 continues to shrink. On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame whittled down the list of candidates for the Class of 2018 to 15 all-time greats. The process started with 108 nominees in September...." January 03

  • Texans' Mike Vrabel next up to interview for Lions' job

    Detroit News "After interviewing the internal candidates on Tuesday, the Detroit Lions are meeting with their first external option for the team’s head coaching vacancy Wednesday, hosting Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. And even though it’s been a decade since they’ve worked together, Lions..." January 03

  • Lions RB Ameer Abdullah ponders future after 'very different' year

    Detroit Free Press "This season didn’t go at all how Ameer Abdullah planned. Abdullah opened the year as the Lions’ starting running back and led the team with 552 yards rushing, but he finished as the third back in a timeshare and now awaits an uncertain future this offseason. “It’s just been very sporadic,..." January 02

  • Calvin Johnson: 'I can honestly say that I don't miss playing'

    Michigan Live "He says he was in pain every day. He shuffled across floors because he couldn't bend his ankles. His fingers ached every time he tried to catch a football. That's kind of a problem for a wide receiver. Calvin Johnson's retirement shocked a lot of people in March of 2016. In retrospect, it's..." January 02

  • Lions’ Bob Quinn open-minded in search for ‘best coach’

    Detroit News "Bob Quinn isn’t looking for an offensive wizard or a defensive guru. Experience? Sure, it wouldn’t hurt, but it’s not a prerequisite. Same with familiarity. He’s also open to any kind of scheme. There’s only one thing the Detroit Lions general manager expects from his next head coach – someone..." January 02

  • Teryl Austin expected to interview for Lions promotion on Tuesday

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell on Monday and a member of his staff is reportedly set to interview to be his replacement. Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview for the opening on Tuesday. Austin joined the Lions when Caldwell was hired in..." January 01

  • Lions fire offensive line coach/assistant head coach Ron Prince

    Pro Football Talk "Jim Caldwell wasn’t the only person to receive a pink slip from the Lions on Monday. According to multiple reports, the team also fired offensive line coach/assistant head coach Ron Prince. Prince, who was Kansas State’s head coach from 2006-08, joined the Lions in 2014 and initially worked..." January 01

  • Matthew Stafford lobbies Detroit Lions to keep Jim Bob Cooter as OC

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford has worked with three offensive coordinators in his first nine NFL seasons, and the Detroit Lions quarterback would like to keep it that way heading into Year 10. Stafford said Monday he hopes the Lions maintain continuity on offense after firing Jim Caldwell as head..." January 01

  • Lions add Winston Moss to list of head coaching candidates

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have requested permission to interview Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and he’s not the only NFC North assistant on their list. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that they have also requested permission to interview Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston..." January 01

  • Lions reportedly request interviews with Pat Shurmur, Matt Patricia

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions’ list of coaching candidates continues to grow Monday morning. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports the team has requested an interview with Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur while Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that they would also like to interview Patriots defensive..." January 01

  • Lions request HC interviews with Texans' Vrabel, Panthers' Wilks

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell on Monday morning and they have started putting together a list of candidates to replace him. Albert Breer of reports that the team has requested an interview with Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports..." January 01

  • Lions fire Jim Caldwell "After missing the playoffs for the second time in three years, head coach Jim Caldwell is out in Detroit. After more than two years of on-again, off-again speculation regarding his future with the team, the Detroit Lions fired Caldwell on Monday after the team's 9-7 season. Following a..." January 01

  • Ex-Detroit Lions C Dominic Raiola: I appreciated game more after 0-16

    Detroit Free Press "Dominic Raiola spent his entire 14-year career with the Detroit Lions, including during the franchise's historic 0-16 run in 2008. Known for his fiery personality, Raiola was the starting center on that team. He agreed to write this column for the Free Press entering the final week of the regular..." December 31

  • Bill Belichick pays a visit to the Lions coach who gave him his first full-time job

    Pro Football Talk "Bill Belichick’s first full-time coaching job was with the Lions in 1976, and more than four decades later he paid a visit to Detroit and sat down with his boss, Rick Forzano. NFL Films documented their visit. The 89-year-old Forzano, who worked with “Billy” Belichick’s father at Navy in the..." December 30

  • Lions rookies might get closer look against Packers

    Detroit News "Many Detroit Lions rookies have been seeing increased opportunities in recent weeks as they’ve continued to earn more trust of the coaches. With the playoffs no longer a possibility, first-year players might get a big chance Sunday to showcase their skills and help general manager Bob Quinn..." December 30

  • John Fox, Jim Caldwell expected to be fired after Sunday’s games

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Bears will reportedly fire head coach John Fox following Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, which isn’t all that shocking. What is a bit shocking is that Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is also reportedly on his way out after Sunday’s game against the Green Bay..." December 30

  • Matt Patricia lead candidate for Lions HC job if Jim Caldwell is fired

    The Sports Daily "Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been linked to a number of NFL head coaching positions that have opened up over the past few years, but it has never worked out, whether it was him or the team electing to go in a different direction. It’s understandable that Patricia would be..." December 30

  • All eyes on Jim Caldwell as Lions close disappointing season

    USA Today "Jim Caldwell was a few months into his first season as Lions coach when he asked safety Don Carey for an impromptu meeting in the defensive backs room. Caldwell, in the process of getting to know his new players at the time, heard about Carey’s interest in real estate, and as a mini mogul..." December 30

  • Lions put center Travis Swanson on IR

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions put their second offensive lineman of the week on IR because of a concussion. The Lions announced that center Travis Swanson was being placed on injured reserve, and that he’d be replaced on the active roster by promoting wide receiver Jace Billingsley from the practice squad. They..." December 29

  • Lions' Dwight Freeney 'could be' facing last game of great career Sunday

    Detroit Free Press "Dwight Freeney signed up to play a 16th NFL season to try and win a second Super Bowl ring. Now that that possibility is over, Freeney said he has not decided if he'll return again in 2018. "It could be (my last game)," Freeney said of Sunday's Detroit Lions season finale against the Green..." December 29

  • Matthew Stafford wants to play, expects to play

    Michigan Live "Should Matthew Stafford play in the season finale? Coach Jim Caldwell says he hasn't considered resting his franchise quarterback with the playoffs out of reach, though plenty of people think he should. In an MLive poll, 37.3 percent of people said Stafford should not play Sunday against Green..." December 29

  • Lions WR Marvin Jones: 1,000 yards 'doesn't mean anything right now'

    Detroit Free Press "Marvin Jones has 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career, but he said there was nothing special about the way he accomplished the feat against his old team, the Cincinnati Bengals. "It really doesn't mean anything right now," Jones said Sunday. "After the season, I'll look back..." December 28

  • Eric Ebron feels he’s in a “good position” as season comes to a close

    Detroit Free Press "The most productive tight end in the NFC over the past month has no idea what his recent hot streak means for his future. But as Eric Ebron prepares for Sunday's season finale against the Green Bay Packers, one thing is clear: He's not sweating the unknown, either. "It’s just a good position..." December 28

  • Colts sign Brad Kaaya off Lions’ practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The Colts signed quarterback Brad Kaaya off the Lions’ practice squad, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. Indianapolis is getting a head start on 2018 futures contracts. The Lions selected the former University of Miami star in the sixth round. They cut him out of training camp. The..." December 27

  • Kaaya saw a better 2018 opportunity in Indianapolis

    Pro Football Talk "Quarterback Brad Kaaya had a spot on the practice squad in Detroit. Both the Colts and Lions wanted him on the active roster. He chose the Colts. Kaaya chose the Colts now because he thinks there’s a better chance the Colts would choose him for the active roster in 2018. “From what my agent..." December 27

  • Lions T Emmett Cleary donating brain to CTE research

    ESPN "Detroit Lions offensive tackle Emmett Cleary has pledged to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to help with research into CTE. The Legacy Foundation announced the donation Wednesday morning on its website. "Everyone in football should be supportive of this research," Cleary..." December 27

  • Jim Caldwell: 'A little bit above average is not good enough' for the Lions

    CBS Sports "The Detroit Lions are 8-7 and officially out of the playoff race. They've outscored their opponents by 10 points this season, making them the closest team in the NFL to having an exactly even point differential. They are, in other words, an ever-so-slightly above-average football team. And..." December 27

  • Jim Caldwell: There isn’t anything we excelled at this year

    Pro Football Talk "Lions brass didn’t offer any comment on head coach Jim Caldwell’s future after the team was eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday and Caldwell said he wasn’t going to “defend myself” when he was asked about the possibility of being fired when the year comes to an end. Caldwell said..." December 26

  • Lions place Don Barclay on injured reserve with a concussion

    Pro Football Talk "Don Barclay started at right guard and played every snap of Sunday’s game against the Bengals. He had three penalties in the fourth quarter and admits he lost track of the snap count on one false start. Barclay developed concussion-like symptoms after finishing the game, the third Lions..." December 26

  • Quinn can’t stand pat; bold coaching hire needed

    Detroit News "No rancor necessary, no debate required. It’s over, and in an honest moment on a reflective day, Jim Caldwell might even admit it. It’s clear the Lions can’t bring Caldwell back as coach, and if they weren’t sure before, they should be now, after playoff hopes were squashed in a miserable loss..." December 26

  • Detroit Lions' Marvin Jones returns to Cincinnati as a better receiver

    Detroit Free Press "Marvin Jones doesn’t have time for nostalgia. Not this week, as he returns to face his old team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and not with so much personally on the line. Jones left Cincinnati in search of more opportunity in the spring of 2016, and he’s found exactly what he was looking for in his..." December 24

  • Patriots DC Matt Patricia Name To Watch For Lions As Jim Caldwell Replacement?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Alex Marvez of the Sporting News mentions that there has been speculation going around in league circles the past week that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia could be headed to the Lions as a replacement to Jim Caldwell. According to Marvez, Caldwell is not the only member of the..." December 24

  • Lions' Prater intrigued by new Pro Bowl kicking event

    Detroit News "Long gone are the days of the Quarterback Challenge, where the NFL’s best passers would throw footballs dipped at blue chalk at moving targets to determine the league’s most-accurate thrower. But starting last season, the NFL began a series of skills-based competitions at the Pro Bowl, which..." December 23

  • Lions coach Jim Caldwell explains how his Christmas shopping gets done

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell is a busy man this time of year. Sometimes, too busy. Cramming for games, pouring over practice film and handling all the minutia that comes his way as Lions coach. Thankfully, Caldwell said he has a tried and true method for Christmas shopping that's worked for decades: Leave..." December 22