Lions Rumors & News

  • NFL concussion settlement takes nasty turn

    ESPN "The $1 billion NFL concussion settlement -- nearly six years in the making yet still to deliver a penny to former players and their families for brain injuries stemming from football -- is revealing the underbelly of the legal system to former players and their families. As they finally close..." March 29

  • NFL: Concussions dropped by around 10 percent

    Fanrag Sports "According to the NFL, concussions dropped in 2016, falling by around 10 percent. That would make it appear that the strict concussion protocol has been working. Since the lawsuit, the NFL has been working to cut back on concussions. They originally rose with the new protocol, but the NFL..." March 28

  • John Harbaugh in favor of reunion with Anquan Boldin "After their teams squared off in the Super Bowl four years ago, John Harbaugh's Ravens traded postseason hero Anquan Boldin to Jim Harbaugh's 49ers. Now John is open to bringing Boldin back to Baltimore. "I know he loved it in Baltimore, and I loved him in Baltimore," Harbaugh said Tuesday,..." March 28

  • 2017 NFL schedule: League reportedly hoping to unveil full schedule in late April

    CBS Sports "The release of the NFL schedule has become much more than an announcement with a long list of football games to be played in the future. It’s become a full-blown spectacle, with a three- or four-hour television program planned around it on multiple networks. This despite everyone already knowing..." March 28

  • Leaping block attempts on field goals, extra points expected to be banned

    ESPN "NFL owners are expected to pass a rule on Tuesday that will prohibit players from leaping over linemen to try to block field goal and extra-point attempts, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sources said the league feels the play is too dangerous and a player could get flipped over and..." March 28

  • Lions G.M. on Matthew Stafford extension: We’re working on it

    Pro Football Talk "Lions G.M. Bob Quinn says he has his franchise quarterback in place, and now wants to keep him in place for years to come. Quinn said on PFT Live that Matthew Stafford, who has one year and a $16.5 million salary left on his current contract, is due for an extension. “We’ve begun a few..." March 28

  • NFL Owners Approve Raiders' Relocation Proposal

    NBC New York "NFL owners have given the Oakland Raiders the green light to continue with their current home in the East Bay in favor of Las Vegas. Stay tuned for updates. Monday could be the day many fans of the "Silver and Black" have feared for years. NFL owners stationed in Phoenix could vote as..." March 28

  • The NFL has an odd rule about refs visiting Las Vegas during the regular season

    CBS Sports "If the Raiders want to have an officiating crew at the first game they play in Las Vegas, then the NFL is going to have change one of its weirdest rules, which you probably didn’t even know about: NFL refs aren’t allowed to visit Sin City during the season. Under current league policy, every..." March 27

  • NFL owners to rake in absurd money in Rams, Chargers and Raiders relocation fees

    Sportsnaut "NFL owners are in Phoenix, Arizona for the Annual League Meeting, and they’re expected to approve a proposal that would send the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Now we have at least one idea about why there is so much overwhelming support for the proposed move, as it means more money in the..." March 27

  • Lions' Riddick had surgery on both wrists

    Detroit Free Press "Ameer Abdullah isn’t the only Detroit Lions running back returning from season-ending surgery. Theo Riddick, who missed the final month of the regular season last year, had surgery on both of his wrists, which prompted his season-ending trip to injured reserve, two people familiar with the..." March 26

  • Charles Harris likely wasn't the only Missouri prospect the Lions checked out

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions are continuing their rounds on the pro day circuit, which on Thursday took them to a few different schools, including the University of Missouri. The Lions sent two scouts to the Tigers' pro day. Missouri had just one player invited to the NFL Scouting Combine -- although he's..." March 24

  • Michael Floyd could be fit for Lions

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots gave Michael Floyd a chance last year after the wide receiver’s second arrest for driving while under the influence, but it doesn’t sound like he will be returning to the team. With the Patriots having acquired star receiver Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints,..." March 24

  • Colin Kaepernick still has 6 possible routes to NFL employment

    Sporting News "Colin Kaepernick still has the skill set to be an NFL quarterback somewhere in 2017. But between his regression as a highly-paid starter and the controversy he now carries with his bold off-field stances, his value as an NFL free agent — fair or not — has dwindled down to a cheap backup option for..." March 24

  • New Detroit Lions RT Rick Wagner explains his 2015 struggles

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions generally earned high marks for signing the best right tackle available in NFL free agency, Rick Wagner. But critics who questioned the deal point to Wagner’s down season in 2015 as a reason to be concerned. Wagner graded as the top right tackle in football in his first full..." March 23

  • ESPN formally announces Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder, Trey Wingo to head NFL studio shows

    Awful Announcing "Three weeks ago, Jim Miller reported that ESPN would replace Chris Berman with a trio of studio hosts: Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Samantha Ponder. On Thursday, ESPN finally confirmed the news, announcing that Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown, Ponder will lead Sunday NFL Countdown and Wingo..." March 23

  • New Lions CB Hayden out to reach 'max potential' after injury issues

    Detroit Free Press "D.J. Hayden has struggled with injuries throughout his four-year NFL career. But the Detroit Lions' newest cornerback said his outlook on football and life itself has changed dramatically since the near-death experience he went through as a senior in college. "You don’t want to take life for..." March 21

  • How the top remaining NFL free agents can help the Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions made two impactful signings in the second wave of free agency last year, adding return man Andre Roberts just before June minicamp and signing second-leading receiver Anquan Boldin in July. Now that free agency is into second week and most of the top players have found new..." March 20

  • Lions sign Jordan Hill

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have added another piece to their defensive line. The team announced Monday that they have signed defensive tackle Jordan Hill as an unrestricted free agent. He’s the third defensive lineman signed by the Lions this offseason, joining Cornelius Washington and Akeem Spence as new..." March 20

  • Anquan Boldin not expected to sign with team until training camp

    Sportsnaut "At 37 years old and with 14 seasons under his belt, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin surely has earned the spring and summer off. That’s what Boldin is planning as he looks for a new city to call home in 2017. He’s not expected to sign with a team until right up to the start of..." March 19

  • Slim pickings remain in free agency

    Pro Football Talk "There aren’t many big moves left to make in free agency. Sure, there’s still the question of whether our No. 1 free agent, Le’Veon Bell, will sign a long-term deal in Pittsburgh or play this season on the franchise tag. And there are big names out there like Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and..." March 18

  • Lions have cap space but limiting factors remain

    Detroit News "With the first wave of free agency in the books, and most of the top players signed, we’re able to get a better grasp on the Detroit Lions’ salary cap situation for 2017. The business side of the football isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s important if you want to understand the construction..." March 17

  • Why U-M's Jabrill Peppers is a fit for the Detroit Lions

    Detroit Free Press "Jabrill Peppers isn't a perfect NFL prospect by any means. He measured a hair under 5-foot-11 at the combine earlier this month, he played a super-utility position at Michigan that doesn't translate perfectly to the NFL, and his lack of takeaways on the defensive side of the ball - he forced..." March 16

  • Anquan Boldin Decides to Return to NFL for 2017 Season Instead of Retirement

    Bleacher Report "Anquan Boldin's reputation as an ageless wonder was reinforced during the 2016 season, and the 36-year-old announced Monday he plans to continue playing following a strong campaign with the Detroit Lions. ESPN's Jim Trotter first relayed the news of Boldin's decision. He is currently an..." March 13

  • Lions sign Keshawn Martin

    Pro Football Talk "Wide receiver Keshawn Martin is coming back to his home state. Martin grew up outside Detroit and went to Michigan State before embarking on an NFL career that will continue with the Lions. The team announced that Martin has signed with the team as a free agent. Martin played one game for..." March 12

  • T.J. Lang down to Lions, Packers and Seahawks

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent offensive lineman T.J. Lang is closing in on a decision. Lang said in a TV appearance in his hometown of Detroit that he’s down to three teams. The Lions are one; the Seahawks and Packers are the others. “I felt like those are the three teams ready to win now and have a great..." March 12

  • T.J. Lang coming home to Detroit Lions on 3-year deal

    Detroit Free Press "The visits are over, and now T.J. Lang has made his decision. Lang, the former Birmingham Brother Rice and Eastern Michigan star, agreed to a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions on Sunday, his agent Mike McCartney tweeted. Lang replaces Larry Warford as the Lions' starting right..." March 12

  • Lions sign tight end Darren Fells

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have picked up some depth at tight end. Darren Fells, who played the last three years with the Cardinals, has signed with the Lions. The 6-foot-7, 281-pound Fells is a good blocker who doesn’t catch a lot of passes, with 14 catches in 14 games last season. In Detroit he’ll be the..." March 11

  • Lions bringing in Philly Brown for a visit

    Pro Football Talk "Could we have Motown Philly back again? Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that wide receiver Philly Brown will be visiting the Lions on Friday. Brown was not tendered by the Panthers as a restricted free agent, leaving him free to sign with any team without giving Carolina a chance to..." March 10

  • Vikings bolster offensive line with free-agent tackle Reiff with deal worth five years, $40-plus million

    247 Sports "Riley Reiff is set to paid handsomely by the Minnesota Vikings. According to Tom Pelissero, citing sources, the former Detroit Lions deal is for five years and worth more than Matt Kalil's with the Carolina Panthers, meaning it could be in excess of $55 million. The official figures on Reiff's..." March 10

  • Lions agree to 1-year, $5.25M deal with CB Hayden

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions and cornerback D.J. Hayden agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth as much as $5.25MM, a source tells Adam Caplan of (on Twitter). Hayden, 27 in June, suffered a hamstring injury in November of last year, ending his season after just eleven games played. At the time of the..." March 10

  • Former Lions OT Riley Reiff agrees to terms with Vikings

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have their new right tackle. Their last one is staying in the NFC North. Riley Reiff has agreed to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday on Twitter. The news comes one day after the Lions agreed to terms with former Baltimore Ravens right..." March 09

  • Akeem Spence agrees to three-year deal with Lions

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions continue to swap out parts along both lines today. A league source tells PFT the Lions have agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million with Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence. Spence missed half of 2015 with injuries and a substance abuse suspension, but came back with a strong..." March 09

  • Cornelius Washington to sign with Lions

    247 Sports "Cornelius Washington has found himself a new home. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Cornelius Washington is expected to sign with the Detroit Lions. Want to keep up with the Bears during the offseason? Take a second to sign up for our FREE Bears newsletter! Take a second to sign up for our..." March 09

  • Saints to sign Larry Warford

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "After having Jahri Evans hold the right guard spot for the past 11 years, the New Orleans Saints appear ready to move on. The Saints have agreed to terms on a contract with former Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford, according to a tweet from his agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod. NFL..." March 09

  • Lions to release DeAndre Levy

    Detroit News "A week after Bob Quinn said linebacker DeAndre Levy was still in the team’s plans for 2017, the Detroit Lions general manager is reversing course. The Lions will release Levy, according to multiple reports. A third-round pick in 2009, Levy flourished into one of the best 4-3 outside linebackers..." March 09

  • Lions sign Packers DT Khyri Thornton

    Detroit News "The Lions have reached a two-year agreement with Packers free agent defensive tackle Khyri Thornton. The contract is expected to be finalized Wednesday morning. A third-round pick out of Southern Miss in 2014, Thornton missed his rookie year with a hamstring injury and was cut by the Packers..." March 08

  • Lions reportedly agree to deal with former Ravens tackle Ricky Wagner

    CBS Sports "One of the top free agent tackles has come off the market before free agency even officially opens. Former Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner is signing a deal with the Detroit Lions, per multiple reports. The current highest-paid right tackle in the NFL is Lane Johnson at over $11 million per..." March 08

  • Joe Mixon meets with four NFL teams ahead of Pro Day

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Mixon is one of the most interesting cases entering the NFL Draft because of his off-field history. The former Oklahoma running back was suspended a year for punching a woman inside a sandwich shop that led to her hospitalization and a federal lawsuit. He also was suspended a game last..." March 08

  • Ex-RB Ricky Williams ‘heartbroken’ he wasn’t a Lion

    Detroit News "Ricky Williams and public speaking? There was a time those two never would’ve gone together, like Ricky Williams and the Detroit Lions. One goes together these days. And, turns out, one almost went together in 2011. More on that later. Williams, the former star college and NFL running..." March 07

  • Lions should focus on Logan Ryan, Dont'a Hightower in free agency

    ESPN "Here are the moves the Detroit Lions should consider when free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 9. Defensive line: This is a definite area of need for Detroit, and while it is strong in the draft, the Lions have a lot of work to do when it comes to bringing in players who can generate a pass..." March 06

  • Haloti Ngata Informs Lions He’ll Return For 2017 Season

    NFL Trade Rumors "Albert Breer of reports that veteran DT Haloti Ngata has informed the Lions of his plans to return for the 2017 season. According to Breer, the Lions were actually uncertain about whether Ngata would return next year. However, it appears as though Ngata intends to play out the final..." March 06

  • “As of today,” Lions think DeAndre Levy will be back

    Pro Football Talk "Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy put together outstanding seasons in both 2013 and 2014 to become a leader of the defense in Detroit and convince the team to sign him to a five-year contract extension before the 2015 season. Things haven’t gone all that well since then. Levy hurt his hip in 2015,..." March 03

  • NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith says he wants weed treated as health issue, like concussions

    USA Today "The NFL Players Association plans to propose updates to the collectively bargained substance abuse policy that repositions marijuana use as a player health and safety issue, along the same lines as revisions to concussion protocol in recent years. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told..." March 02

  • Detroit Lions to take a shot at 'top-end' free agents

    Detroit Free Press "Brace yourselves, Lions fans. Your team might be players in free agency, after all. A year after Bob Quinn took a cautious approach to his first free agency as general manager, the Detroit Lions GM said Wednesday there are some "top-end guys that we would like to take a shot at" when the 2017..." March 02

  • Lions GM disappointed Mixon isn't at combine, still has him on draft board

    Sporting News "Video of Joe Mixon punching a woman has several NFL teams scared, but not the Lions. The team's general manager, Bob Quinn, was speaking Wednesday at the NFL Combine and said Mixon is still on Detroit's draft board. He also said it was unfortunate the Oklahoma product wasn't competing in the..." March 01

  • Competition Committee discussing centralizing review system "The NFL's Competition Committee is discussing two proposals that would significantly alter officiating -- whether to make referees full-time employees and how to centralize the replay review system. According to one league official familiar with the committee's conversations during its meetings..." March 01

  • League considering full-time referees, again

    Pro Football Talk "The issue of full-time officials has percolated from time to time over the past five years. Indeed, the 2012 labor deal between the league and the NFL Referees Association gave the NFL the right to hire up to 17 full-time officials. The NFL once again is considering whether to finally follow..." March 01

  • Fantasy football involvement caused NCAA suspension of UR baseball players

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "Two of the University of Richmond’s best baseball players are among five who have begun this season suspended for NCAA rules violations related to fantasy football involvement. Right-hander Keenan Bartlett, a junior who Baseball America recognized in the preseason as the A-10’s third-best..." February 28

  • Lions sign tackle Pierce Burton

    Pro Football Talk "The Detroit Lions signed former Indianapolis Colts tackle Pierce Burton on Thursday. Burton finished last season on the Colts’ practice squad after signing in mid-December. An undrafted free agent out of the University of Mississippi, Burton signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2014. He was..." February 24

  • 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