Lions Rumors & News

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Lions Exercise DE Ziggy Ansah’s Fifth-Year Option

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Lions have exercised their fifth-year option on DE Ziggy Ansah. The fifth-year option will run the Lions $12.7 million in 2017, but this figure is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next..." May 02

  • Lions' Bob Quinn refutes Vernon Butler, says team made no promises to prospects

    Michigan Live "Defensive tackle Vernon Butler said the Detroit Lions told him they would draft him with the No. 16 pick in the first round before the team selected Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker. On Saturday, Lions general manager Bob Quinn emphatically denounced that accusation. "No one from my..." May 01

  • Lions draft first QB since taking Stafford first overall in 2009

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have drafted a quarterback for the first time since taking Matthew Stafford first overall in 2009 and they didn’t have to look far to find him. Detroit ended the longest current drought without picking a quarterback by selecting Jake Rudock with the 191st pick in the draft. Rudock..." April 30

  • Lions GM says ruling out players who have smoked pot would eliminate 'half the board'

    Fox Sports "While NFL teams, fans and Laremy Tunsil himself try to make sense of Thursday night's bizarre events, Lions general manager Bob Quinn at least helps to shed light on how marijuana use is weighed in the evaluative process, at least in Detroit. "I think you have to take everything into..." April 29

  • Lions GM: If prospects eliminated for marijuana use, half the draft board gone

    ESPN "When Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn was asked how big an issue he believes marijuana usage is when it comes to evaluating the draft board, he gave a pretty frank answer: If marijuana were a reason to pull a player off the board, it would be a much emptier draft board, he said. "I think..." April 29

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    Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

    The Detroit Lions select Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State …

  • Lions select OSU's Taylor Decker with 16th pick in NFL draft

    Detroit Free Press "With his first pick as general manager, Bob Quinn took an offensive lineman. The Detroit Lions selected Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 16th pick in tonight’s NFL draft. The Lions entered the draft with 10 picks and needs on both lines and in the secondary, and they moved..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn: Robert Nkemdiche is a red-flag player

    Detroit Free Press "There aren't many players with more talent in this year's NFL draft than Robert Nkemdiche. There aren't many players with more off-field concerns, either. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn acknowledged in his predraft news conference today that Nkemdiche, a defensive tackle from Ole Miss,..." April 22

  • Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn says he won't trade Matthew Stafford

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions will not trade quarterback Matthew Stafford. At least, that was general manager Bob Quinn’s statement today, when he was asked about the recent predraft trades that netted the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns a bounty of picks. “I haven’t thought about that and I have..." April 21

  • Kickoff time changed for Steelers preseason opener against Lions

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers announced today a time change for their 2016 preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. The game has been moved to a 7 p.m. kickoff Aug. 12 after it was originally scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. It will be shown on KDKA-TV. The change was made to accommodate the NFL..." April 19

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • NFL won’t stream any London games this year

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s live-stream of last year’s London game between the Jaguars and Bills was so wildly successful that the NFL will be doing it again. Sorry, that should be the NFL will not be doing it again. According to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters, the NFL won’t stream any of the three 2016 London..." April 12

  • Arbitrator upholds NFL's use of paid leave for players under personal conduct policy

    ESPN "An arbitrator has ruled against the NFL Players Association in its grievance, filed more than a year ago, that the league's personal conduct policy implemented in late 2014 violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The union had challenged the authority granted to commissioner..." April 11

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    The Lions announced that RB George Winn has signed his ERFA tender.

  • Rashean Mathis set to retire as a Jaguar

    Jaguars.com "NFL veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis, the Jaguars’ all-time leader in interceptions with 30, will sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday, April 13." April 08

  • Teammate thought Calvin Johnson retirement talk was a joke

    Michigan Live "Calvin Johnson was considering retirement long before the end of last season. Johnson apparently told fellow Lions receiver Corey Fuller about his plans early in the season -- only Fuller thought Johnson was kidding. "Every time he mentioned it to me, I kind of took it as a joke," Fuller..." April 08

  • Kiper’s mock: Lions will grab WR Laquon Treadwell

    Detroit News "Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell at one time nearly became a Michigan Wolverine before ultimately deciding to play for Ole Miss. If ESPN’s Mel Kiper proves to be prophetic, Treadwell will make his way to the Great Lakes State this time. Kiper, in the new, fourth version of his mock draft (pay..." April 07

  • New Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley: 'My best years are ahead of me'

    Detroit Free Press "Stevan Ridley was skeptical when he first heard the Detroit Lions were interested in signing him as a free agent. Ridley won a state championship while playing high school football in Mississippi, a national championship in college at LSU and a Super Bowl 14 months ago with the New England..." April 06

  • Report: NFL ditching rookie symposium, teams responsible

    Sportsnaut "In a strange move that could portent unintended negative consequences, the NFL has reportedly ditched its rookie symposium, per Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The rookie symposium has been held every year for all the drafted rookies around the league the past 20 years. It is..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell returned to Twitter and NFL fans let him have it

    Fox Sports "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to Twitter Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years to announce the league's new plan to stream Thursday night games on Twitter. Within seconds of Goodell's tweet, however, it was immediately apparent why the commissioner hasn't been on social media..." April 05

  • Twitter Said to Win NFL Deal for Thursday Streaming Rights

    Bloomberg "Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said. The social-media company was said to be bidding against a slate of heavyweights including Verizon Communications Inc.,..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell says expanded NFL playoffs will 'likely' happen

    CBS Sports "The topic of expanding the NFL postseason seems to come up every year, and every year, the league ends up nixing the idea. Don't be surprised if that changes soon, though. During a meeting with Jaguars season-ticket holders over the weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL..." April 05

  • What is the NFL’s actual position on the link between football and CTE?

    Pro Football Talk "So does the NFL concede that there’s a link between football and CTE? The answer isn’t as clear as it could be, or should be. NFL executive V.P. of player health and safety Jeff Miller recently told a Congressional committee that a link exists. Multiple owners have since questioned Miller’s..." April 04

  • Lions GM: Drafting a QB every year is 'good football business'

    NFL.com "For NFL teams, finding a starting quarterback is vital for success. Finding a quality backup is necessary insurance. And drafting quarterbacks with upside is just smart business. With a market shortage on quality quarterbacks, landing a player with potential can lead to future success or aid in..." April 02

  • DeAndre Levy's hip looks pretty healthy in this 57-inch box jump

    CBS Sports "Over the two years prior to the 2015 season, Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy blossomed into one of the best players in the league at his position. After signing a big contract last offseason, Levy wound up playing just one game during the 2015 campaign. He sat out the early part of the year..." April 02

  • Lions GM Bob Quinn: 'Good football business' to draft a QB every year

    Detroit Free Press "The New England Patriots have arguably the best quarterback in the game in four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, but that didn't stop them from taking a backup signal caller early in the 2014 draft. Or in the 2011 draft. Or in 2008. The Detroit Lions won't be spending a second-round..." April 02

  • Stevan Ridley signing with Lions after another down year

    SB Nation "Running back Stevan Ridley found a new home in 2016, signing with the Detroit Lions, the player announced on Instagram. This will be his third team in three years. Ridley gave a long and passionate thank you to the New York Jets, even though he didn't do much with the team. He then promised Lions..." April 01

  • Lions president: Team will 'update' uniforms for 2017 season

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions are getting new uniforms in 2017, too. President Rod Wood has been coy about the forthcoming changes to Detroit's digs, but revealed a few more details during a town hall-style meeting with season-ticket holders Thursday night at Ford Field. Among the details he divulged:..." April 01

  • Lions raise ticket prices this year, plan to keep doing so

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions raised ticket prices by 7.8 percent this year, and it seems they are not done yet. Team president Rod Wood said the club ranks 24th in average ticket price for 2016, and would prefer it to be around 16th. That means more raises can be expected. "I would like to get to the..." April 01

  • Lions Hosting LB Bruce Carter For A Visit

    NFL Trade Rumors "Connor Hughes of Jets Wire reports that free agent LB Bruce Carter’s visit with the Jets has concluded without an agreement and he’s now scheduled to meet with the Lions on Thursday. Carter’s market appears to be heating up now that we’re in the third wave of free agency. It’s worth..." March 31

  • Report: NFL cancels veteran combine

    The Score "The NFL cancelled the veteran combine this year, according to Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm. In an initiative built to provide veterans with a chance to re-enter the league, the league debuted the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine last March. Unfortunately, the combine did little to bolster the..." March 31

  • Bears Sign OL Manny Ramirez

    Pro Football Rumors "The Bears have further fortified their offensive line, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, who tweets that the club has signed veteran offensive lineman Manny Ramirez to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal aren’t yet known. Ramirez, who entered the NFL as a fourth-round..." March 30

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    OG Geoff Schwartz is signing with the Lions

  • Letter from Lions DeAndre Levy: Scary that I may have CTE

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has taken to Instagram in recent weeks to voice his concerns over the NFL and the lack of transparency with which the league has handled brain-related injuries in players. Levy, who missed most of last season with a hip injury, long has been one of the..." March 30

  • Lions sign veteran offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz

    Click on Detroit "The Detroit Lions are continuing to add depth to their roster through free agency. The team has reportedly signed veteran offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz to a 1-year deal. Although Schwartz has struggled to stay healthy in the last few years, he has received high grades when healthy --..." March 30

  • Clemson DE Shaq Lawson to visit Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions have put off hosting NFL draft prospects on visits until next month, with general manager Bob Quinn saying last week that they still had more to schedule. One of their visits already planned is with one of the best pass rushers in the draft: Clemson defensive end Shaq..." March 30

  • New York Times has no public response to retraction demand from NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has launched an extensive attack on the New York Times in response to a double-barreled article regarding flawed concussion research and alleged ties to the tobacco industry. In response, the New York Times has nothing to say publicly. Contacted by PFT Live with a request for a..." March 30

  • NFL demands retraction of Times article on player concussions

    Capital New York "The National Football League is demanding The New York Times retract an article published last week about the league's research into concussions among pro football players. In a letter that was sent to the Times' legal counsel Monday and obtained by POLITICO, an attorney for the NFL, Brad S...." March 29

  • Lingering CTE debate launches new lawsuit against NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has been unable to get certain owners to not spout off nonsense about the link between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. The good news is that the league now has a sufficiently compelling reason for telling the members to quit putting their feet in their mouths regarding..." March 29

  • Report: Veteran guard Geoff Schwartz visiting with Lions

    Pride Of Detroit "The first wave of free agency may be over, but the Detroit Lions don't appear to be taking a rest. After signing Darrin Walls earlier in the day, the Lions are continuing their search to upgrade the roster. According to Aaron Wilson, the Detroit Lions are hosting guard Geoff Schwartz for a..." March 29

  • Lions sign former Jets cornerback Darrin Walls

    Pro Football Talk "Lions General Manager Bob Quinn might be onto something, free agents will come to Detroit. Or something. The Lions announced they had signed free agent cornerback Darrin Walls, who is leaving behind the bright lights of New York after four years with the Jets. Walls originally entered the..." March 29

  • Lions GM : Like Patriots, Detroit Lions 'attractive' to free agents

    Detroit Free Press "The New England Patriots never were big players in free agency during Bob Quinn’s 16 seasons with the team, but when they dipped their toes into the market, they rarely had a problem luring veterans looking for a championship. The Lions don’t have anywhere near the success to sell prospective..." March 29

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