Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions hire former Texans coordinator George Godsey

    Pro Football Talk "Sometimes when you’re looking for a job, you have to look on the other side of the ball. According to Albert Breer of, former Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey has been hired by the Lions for a job that sounds kind of made up on the fly. His new title is defensive..." February 21

  • Stanley Wilson II arrested while naked for a third time

    Denver Post "Police say they arrested a former NFL player after he tried to force his way into an Oregon home and then took his clothes off. Police went to the Woodburn home on Saturday after being told someone was making alarming statements. The homeowner told authorities that former Detroit Lions..." February 19

  • Lions will unveil new uniforms in April

    Pro Football Talk "The Nikefication of the NFL continues. The Detroit Lions will be the latest team to change uniforms in the aftermath of Nike taking over the league’s apparel contract in 2012. The new digs will be unveiled before the draft. “We worked very closely with the league and Nike in designing the..." February 17

  • Detroit Lions going with Jake Rudock as backup QB, Dan Orlovsky says

    Detroit Free Press "Dan Orlovsky indicated last weekend that his second tenure with the Detroit Lions is over. Now we may know why, based on the quarterback's comments today: The Lions are turning to Jake Rudock to back up starter Matthew Stafford. Orlovsky said on SiriusXM NFL radio this morning that the Lions..." February 16

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • K’Waun Williams visiting Lions, Jets

    Pro Football Talk "Thanks to an ankle injury, cornerback K’Waun Williams’ 2016 season ended before it got started. Williams and the Browns argued over the best course of treatment for the injury, leading to a suspension from the team and a grievance from Williams contending that the team should pay for the..." February 13

  • Detroit Lions raise ticket prices for 4th straight year

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions are raising ticket prices once again. The Lions sent out invoices to season-ticket holders today, and most saw a jump in the cost of their seats for the fourth straight season. The Lions said ticket prices increased an average of 2.8% to about $99 per ticket, which ranks in..." February 12

  • Boldin in no rush to make decision about NFL future

    Detroit News "Anquan Boldin hasn’t decided whether he’ll play another season and the veteran wide receiver isn’t in a rush to make a decision. “I have a long time to consider that. That’s something where I can take my time,” Boldin said when asked about his future after speaking on a racial-equality panel..." February 09

  • Details on How Much DirecTV is Raising The NFL Sunday Ticket Package in 2017

    Black Sports Online "The 2016 campaign ended in epic fashion, as the New England Patriots came back from down 25 points against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. As football fans wait several months until the game returns, they’ll have to get ready for prices rising for the Sunday Ticket package on..." February 09

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • Former Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew arrested for disorderly conduct

    Michigan Live "Former Detroit Lions tight end and first-round pick Brandon Pettigrew was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness early Sunday morning in Oklahoma City, The Oklahoman reported. Pettigrew, who was released by the Lions due to a non-football injury in December, was..." February 06

  • President Trump on Roger Goodell: ‘The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy’

    Sportsnaut "President Donald Trump isn’t one afraid to ruffle some feathers. It’s his outspoken attitude and ability to go away from the norm that caught the attention of those who voted him into office. As divisive as Trump himself might be, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is an equally divisive figure..." February 01

  • Roger Goodell indicates NFL looking into cutting commercials during broadcasts

    Sportsnaut "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the public in a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. He covered many issues including the possibility of the league reducing the number of commercials during a game. The task at hand would be to shorten the time it takes to watch an entire NFL..." February 01

  • Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'

    CBS Sports ""Thursday Night Football" isn't on its way out. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear at his press conference Wednesday, it's here to stay. To do so, Goodell cited lower injury rates and "high-quality football." "They're slightly lower than any other games," Goodell said of injury..." February 01

  • 2017 Salary Cap Could Increase By As Much As $15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team. A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million –..." February 01

  • Head of NFL refs union: Barbs from players 'very concerning'

    USA Today "The NFL has fined multiple players this season for criticizing individual officials, and the head of the NFL Referees Association doesn’t want to see such incidents become a trend. Scott Green, the former NFL referee and recently appointed NFLRA executive director, told USA TODAY Sports on..." February 01

  • Report: NFLPA reviewing relationship with Uber after ‘strike busting tactics’

    Sportsnaut "According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the NFL Players Association is reviewing its relationship with ride-share company Uber in wake of its decision to operate in New York City when the city’s taxis went on strike over the weekend to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy. The strike..." January 31

  • NFL won’t commit to Orlando Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s Pro Bowl was more successful than usual, due in part to a sold-out crowd in Orlando and an inexplicably successful effort (fueled by Ray Lewis) to get the players to cast aside their best interests and risk injury by playing hard. Still, the new home of the game won’t necessarily be..." January 30

  • Sold-out Pro Bowl means it surely will continue

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time, the NFL huffs and puffs about the quality of the Pro Bowl. But the Pro Bowl’s house isn’t going to be blown down any time soon. (Even though it should be.) This year, the NFL has offered standing-room only tickets at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, site of this year’s..." January 29

  • NFL and medical marijuana: A Q&A with former Eagles OL Todd Herremans

    ESPN "The conversation about marijuana's place in the NFL is heating up. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the NFL Players Association is working on a proposal that would amend the current drug policy to take a "less punitive" approach to recreational marijuana use among players, and the..." January 28

  • Lions DT Tyrunn Walker misses $150,000 playtime incentive by 7 snaps

    Detroit Free Press "Tyrunn Walker was a surprise scratch for a Week 11 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this year, and the Detroit Lions' decision to keep him out of the lineup that day ended up costing Walker in his pocketbook. Walker, who started the first eight games of the year at defensive tackle for the..." January 28

  • The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth: Is it the crisis it's cracked up to be?

    SI "Oh, man, we’re about to get robbed. That was Ryan Murphy’s thought when the two sedans ominously pulled up on either side of the car he was sitting in. From the front passenger’s seat of the Ford Fusion parked at a gas station, he breathed a sigh of resignation and reached for his wallet...." January 28

  • NFL TV viewership fumbles for the first time in 4 years

    New York Post "NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years — and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide. Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were..." January 24

  • Matt Prater replaces Matt Bryant in Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "Now that we have the Super Bowl participants set, the players on the Patriots and Falcons who were elected to the Pro Bowl will need to be replaced from the other 30 teams in the league. That group includes Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, whose first trip to the Pro Bowl will be superseded by his..." January 23

  • Country star Luke Bryan to sing national anthem in Houston

    CBS Sports "The NFL announced Sunday that country music star Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 5, to belt out "The..." January 22

  • NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms

    Pro Football Talk "As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if Brown struggles), there’s a lingering question about the situation that gave rise to the..." January 22

  • Ex-Lions CB Stanley Wilson II arrested while naked for the second time

    Fox Sports "Former Detroit Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson II was arrested while naked for the second time in eight months, according to multiple reports. Wilson was arrested for running around naked outside a private residence Jan. 10 in Portland, Ore., which is where he allegedly tried to break into a..." January 19

  • Lions GM Quinn walks back zero-tolerance signing policy

    Detroit News "It was a rookie mistake. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn made a black-and-white decree his first day on the job, proclaiming a zero-tolerance policy for players with a history of domestic violence or a gun crime. Twice in his first year with the organization, Quinn curiously violated..." January 12

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Detroit Lions' top priority should be fixing running game

    Detroit Free Press "Theo Riddick stood in the corner of the room Monday, trying to pack his things, as the Detroit Lions cleaned out their lockers. A giant cast covered his left hand. A few feet away, Ameer Abdullah sat on a stool. Their lockers are kitty-corner to one another — these two players who were..." January 10

  • Detroit Lions' Ameer Abdullah: 'I know I will be' a premier NFL back

    Detroit Free Press "Ameer Abdullah played well enough in the first six quarters of the season that he looked like he might solve the Detroit Lions' longstanding problems at running back. Then he went down with a season-ending foot injury. Speaking today for the first time since he underwent surgery to repair a..." January 09

  • Matthew Stafford: Contract extension out of my hands

    ESPN "Quarterback Matthew Stafford says discussions about a contract extension with the Detroit Lions have not started yet and that whether a deal gets done in the offseason is not up to him. "It's up to the people upstairs and the Fords and whether they want to or not," Stafford said Monday during..." January 09

  • Anquan Boldin hints at possibly playing 15th NFL season in 2017

    ESPN "Anquan Boldin wasn’t definitive about it, but the veteran wide receiver hinted Saturday night that he is considering playing another season in the NFL. Boldin said at midseason he would wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to return for season No. 15. He was asked directly..." January 09

  • Rawls, Seahawks run past Lions

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks, grounded by a stagnant running game during most of the regular season, hit the ground running in their playoff opener on Saturday night. Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks continued their home playoff success..." January 08

  • Russell Wilson now has more playoff wins than the Lions and seven other franchises

    Fox Sports "The Seattle Seahawks toppled the Detroit Lions on Saturday night to move onto the Divisional round where they’ll face the second-seeded Atlanta Falcons. The 26-6 margin of victory was the result of Seattle’s dominant running game, Russell Wilson making plays deep down the field, as well as the..." January 08

  • Jim Caldwell defends decision to punt late in loss

    Detroit Free Press "They dropped passes, picked up silly penalties and self-destructed in the most predictable of ways, and when it all ended with another playoff loss – their ninth straight dating back to the 1993 season – even their coach struggled to explain why it happened on this grand stage. “Some things are..." January 08

  • Lions downgrade starting center Travis Swanson to out

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions will be without their starting center when they take on the Seahawks tonight. Travis Swanson, who has missed the last four games with a concussion, will miss his fifth in a row tonight in Seattle. The Lions had previously listed Swanson as questionable but then changed his designation..." January 07

  • Riley Reiff, Travis Swanson listed as questionable for Lions

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions were missing a pair of offensive linemen in Week 17 against the Packers, but they hope to have them back in the lineup for Saturday night’s Wild Card game against the Seahawks. Right tackle Riley Reiff and center Travis Swanson are both listed as questionable for the game. Reiff, who..." January 06

  • Lions' Golden Tate admits it means more to beat Seattle Seahawks

    Detroit Free Press "Lions receiver Golden Tate said Thursday that beating his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, in Saturday’s NFC wild-card playoff game would mean a little extra to him. “Yeah,” he said. “We just want to win. We want to win. It’s deeper than me. I want to win because I think this organization..." January 06

  • Lions made the playoffs without beating a playoff team

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions are in the playoffs, but they haven’t yet shown they can compete with a playoff team. Detroit is 0-5 this season against other teams that made the playoffs, and none of those five losses was particularly close: Detroit lost two of those games by double digits (42-21 to the Cowboys and..." January 06

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Lions RB Zach Zenner 'appreciative' of Michael Bennett comments

    Detroit Free Press "Michael Bennett made headlines this week when he pointed out Zach Zenner's skin color while praising his running style, but Zenner said Wednesday he did not take any offense to Bennett's comments about him being the best white running back in the NFL. "That does not bother me, no," Zenner..." January 05