Lions Rumors & News

  • Matthew Stafford sets NFL record for most passing yards by a QB under 30

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions sure are thankful for Matthew Stafford. Since they took the quarterback first overall in the 2009 draft, Stafford has gone on to set every major passing record in team history before his 30th birthday. He became the fastest QB in NFL history to 20,000 yards, and 25,000 yards,..." November 23

  • Lions to use TJ Jones, Golden Tate on punt returns

    Detroit Free Press "The Lions won't have their star return man for Thursday's Thanksgiving showdown with the Minnesota Vikings, but they do have plenty of options to replace him. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday that either Golden Tate or TJ Jones will handle punt returns, and Ameer Abdullah could handle..." November 22

  • Dwight Freeney “confused” that Seahawks cut him, “excited” to play for Lions

    Pro Football Talk "Dwight Freeney is, at age 37, no longer an every-down player. But as a situational pass rusher, he was playing pretty well in Seattle this season. So his release yesterday came as a surprise. But Freeney was claimed on waivers by the Lions today, and he says he’s looking forward to reuniting..." November 22

  • Lions claim veteran pass-rusher Freeney off waivers

    ESPN "The Detroit Lions claimed defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers on Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Seattle Seahawks waived Freeney on Tuesday, despite the fact he had three sacks in four games with the team. Seattle signed the 37-year-old Freeney last month, adding him..." November 22

  • Lions WR Golden Tate pays up on bet with The Rock

    Michigan Live "Golden Tate finally donned the University of Miami jersey he grew up wanting to wear one day. It just had somebody else's name on the back. That somebody: Dwayne Johnson. Yep. The Rock. "It's a little big," Tate quipped, "but a bet's a bet and I'm a man of my word." The Detroit Lions..." November 22

  • Agent’s Take: A look at the quarterbacks who could be available in the offseason

    CBS Sports "Quarterback stability is highly coveted in the NFL because it's a vital ingredient for sustained success. Some of the NFL's most significant transactions occur in an effort to get the position settled. The 49ers made an unexpected move at the October 31 trading deadline by acquiring Jimmy..." November 22

  • President Donald Trump criticizes idea of keeping players in locker room for anthem

    ESPN "President Donald Trump says a reported plan that would keep NFL teams in the locker room during the national anthem next season is "almost as bad as kneeling." Trump tweeted Wednesday morning about the possibility, reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday. According to the Post, some NFL..." November 22

  • Roger Goodell To Soon Sign Five-Year, $200M Extension

    Real GM Football "Roger Goodell's contract extension is expected to be completed in December at the owners' meetings. Momentum to delay the deal has dissipated "meaningfully," in the estimation of one league source. Jerry Jones has been attempting to block Goodell's extension." November 20

  • Matthew Stafford closes in on Peyton Manning record

    Detroit News "Matthew Stafford is on the verge of eclipsing yet another statistical milestone. With 127 passing yards in Thursday’s Thanksgiving matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions quarterback will pass Peyton Manning for the most all-time for a player under 30 years old. Peyton..." November 20

  • Detroit Lions' Ngata may never play again, but team still needs him

    Detroit Free Press "Haloti Ngata hasn't played a game in more than a month, and he might not play again. But as he rehabs from surgery to repair a torn bicep, Ngata has made the telling choice to do so around the team. "We’ve been calling him 'Coach 92' since the summer, since OTAs and stuff," Lions defensive end..." November 18

  • Golden Tate deserves extension from Lions

    Detroit News "The first hint came via social media this June. The statement has been made on the field this fall. Message received, Golden Tate. You deserve an extension. Admittedly, it’s a bit premature to be talking about a new deal for the dynamic Lions receiver who is under contract through the 2018..." November 16

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Lions Worked Out 4 Players Including DE Armonty Bryant & S Duke Ihenacho

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Howard Balzer, the Lions brought in four players for tryouts on Tuesday including DE Armonty Bryant, DE George Johnson, S Duke Ihenacho and LB Max Valles. Bryant, 27, is a former seventh-round pick of the Browns back in 2013. The Browns elected to waive him last year and was..." November 15

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • Why Caldwell Named Ebron A Captain: “We Try And Develop Our Leadership”

    CBS Detroit "Jim Caldwell elects new captains each game, and on Sunday he chose Eric Ebron for the first time in his four seasons as Lions head coach. Ebron responded by scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of Detroit’s 38-24 win over Cleveland. It was his second straight strong..." November 14

  • Lions bring back Jace Billingsley, George Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions made a pair of additions to the roster on Tuesday and neither player joining the team will have to spend a lot of time introducing themselves to others around the organization. The team announced that they have signed wide receiver Jace Billingsley and defensive end George Johnson...." November 14

  • Lions WR Golden Tate to don The Rock's 'U' jersey after losing bet

    Detroit Free Press "Can you smell what Golden Tate will be wearing? Tate, the Lions' leading wide receiver, lost a social media-inspired bet to actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on Saturday that will require Tate to wear The Rock's old University of Miami football jersey. Tate did a..." November 13

  • Detroit Lions' keys to victory vs. Browns: Show up, pass to Eric Ebron

    Detroit Free Press "Ahead of Sunday’s game between the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett looks at the biggest factor for each team to win, and highlights the game's key matchup. The Lions will win if … they score 19 or more points. That doesn’t seem like too tall a task for..." November 12

  • Lions bring back OTs Taylor Decker, Corey Robinson

    ESPN "The Detroit Lions on Saturday activated starting left tackle Taylor Decker and backup tackle Corey Robinson off the physically unable to perform list and injured reserve, respectively. Decker has been practicing the past two weeks after missing the first half of the season following shoulder..." November 11

  • Lions waive OT Greg Robinson with injury designation "The Detroit Lions are done with the Greg Robinson experiment. The team announced Friday it waived the former No. 2 overall pick in an injury designation. Robinson missed the past two games with an ankle injury. The Lions acquired the former first-round pick in a June trade with the Los..." November 10

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Hue Jackson turning to faith to stop Marvin Jones

    Yardbarker "This Sunday, the Cleveland Browns will travel to Detroit to square off with the Lions and attempt to notch their first win. A big part of Cleveland coming out on top will be to limit the Lions’ pass attack. This includes shutting down the red-hot Marvin Jones. Jones is coming off of a 107-yard,..." November 08

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • Lions Waive Tim Lelito

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions have waived guard Tim Lelito from the Reserve-Injured list. Lelito is now free to sign with any team, though he might need some time to heal up first. Lelito was dropped by the Titans in early September and hooked on with the Lions later that month. Unfortunately, after just two..." November 07

  • Ziggy Ansah questionable for Monday night

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have lost three games in a row. They’ll try to end that streak in a place where they rarely win. For the Monday night game at Lambeau Field against the Packers, the Lions could be without defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who is listed as questionable with a knee injury. Ansah, a first-round..." November 05

  • Lions' Don Barclay thanks Packers for cutting him loose

    Detroit News "He had a good run in Green Bay and offensive lineman Don Barclay is thankful for the way things ended with the organization. Barclay spent his entire career with the Packers, signing with the team after going undrafted in 2012. He spent five years with the organization, appearing in 62 games..." November 05

  • NFL-high 246 defensive combinations keep Lions ‘engaged’

    Detroit News "246. That’s how many different lineup combinations the Detroit Lions have used on defense this season, the most in the NFL. The unit, under coordinator Teryl Austin, has always utilized a variety of specialized packages, but the volume has been steadily on the rise. Each season, since Austin..." November 04

  • A’Shawn Robinson avoids fine, but four other Lions not so lucky

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL fined Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs $24,309 for unnecessary roughness, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Diggs had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Jesse James in the third quarter, drawing a 15-yard penalty. The Steelers ended up with a field goal out of the..." November 03

  • NFL owners called for depositions, cellphone records in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

    ESPN "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, among others, will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL, a league source told ESPN's Adam..." November 03

  • CBS boss Les Moonves: NFL player protests not affecting advertising

    Sporting News "While Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is blaming “poor leadership” at the NFL, vis a vis player protests during the national anthem, for a decline in the company’s pizza sales, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves insists there is no evidence of advertiser erosion during broadcasts of the league’s..." November 03

  • Lions RB Ameer Abdullah: I can handle goal-line carries

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions might have a simple solution for their recent red-zone woes already on their roster: More Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah, the Lions' leading rusher with 369 yards on 101 carries, said Thursday he would welcome the chance to be the team's short-yardage back if given the..." November 03

  • Lions get Taylor Decker back at practice

    Pro Football Talk "The beleaguered Lions offensive line is getting its most important player back. Lions left tackle Taylor Decker has been cleared to practice today, the team announced this afternoon. It will be Decker’s first practice since injuring his shoulder in June. The Lions made Decker their..." November 01

  • Former Detroit Lions player Titus Young pleads guilty in assault case

    Los Angeles Times "Former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young pleaded guilty Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily harm. Young, a Los Angeles native, was immediately sentenced to two years in state prison, according to a spokeswoman for the San Diego..." November 01

  • Lions sign Don Barclay, waive Dan Skipper

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions signed offensive guard Don Barclay, the team announced Tuesday. They waived offensive tackle Dan Skipper in a corresponding move. Barclay, 28, originally signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia in 2012. He played all over the line, playing in 62 games..." October 31

  • Eric Ebron remains with Lions as trade deadline passes

    Pro Football Talk "Eric Ebron sounded like a player expecting to be traded after Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, but perhaps to his surprise, the tight end remained with the Lions on Tuesday. Ebron tweeted the team’s slogan “#OnePride” after the trade deadline passed. “Look, I’m going to be happy no matter the..." October 31

  • Lions Actively Shopping TE Eric Ebron, “Almost Surely” Will Trade Him

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that teams have been calling the Lions about TE Eric Ebron and his availability ahead of the upcoming trade deadline. Rapoport believes a change of scenery could be beneficial for Ebron, who has struggled to live up to his draft status since the Lions used the..." October 30

  • Eric Ebron doesn't care whether the Lions trade him or keep him

    Michigan Live "In the fourth quarter, Eric Ebron showed why he's drawing so much trade interest around the league. In the three quarters before it, he showed why he's on the block in the first place. And about a half-hour after the Lions' 20-15 loss Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ebron..." October 30

  • James Andrew Miller: Why ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football

    The Hollywood Reporter "It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games? ​In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. As it..." October 30

  • Why Boomer Esiason Believes Patriots Could Consider Calvin Johnson Trade

    NESN "Could the New England Patriots pursue Calvin Johnson? Boomer Esiason isn’t ruling it out. Johnson, now 32 years old, hasn’t played since the 2015 season, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing league sources, that two teams have spoken to the Detroit Lions about potentially..." October 30

  • Jaguars & Eagles Interested In Lions WR Calvin Johnson

    NFL Trade Rumors "Chris Mortensen of ESPN mentioned during an appearance on “Mike & Mike” that the Jaguars and Eagles have both show interest in possibly trading for retired Lions WR Calvin Johnson. “The speculation has been the Philadelphia Eagles,” Mortensen said, via Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice. “Once..." October 30

  • Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

    Sporting News "Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action. To many, it seems odd that the NFL has not embraced trades the way other leagues have. Bad teams in other sports become sellers, and the trade..." October 30

  • Lions WR Golden Tate (shoulder) plans to play vs. Steelers

    ESPN "Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate, listed as questionable for Sunday night's game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a shoulder injury, plans to play, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Tate hurt his shoulder in the Lions' Oct. 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints, exiting the game..." October 29

  • Report of Eagles pursuing Calvin Johnson is off the mark

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles added some significant offensive weapons in the offseason. A new report indicates they’d like to add another offensive weapon during the season. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, however, that report isn’t true. Steven Albritton of KMBC in Kansas City reports that the..." October 29

  • If Calvin Johnson wants to play for a new team, all he has to do is show up in Detroit

    Pro Football Talk "The report that multiple teams have contacted the Lions about trading for the rights of retired receiver Calvin Johnson seems like it’s not going to lead to Johnson returning, primarily because there’s no indication that he wants to return. If he does, and if he doesn’t want the Lions to pick his..." October 29

  • Lions approached about trading Calvin Johnson's rights

    ESPN "Over the past week, two teams have spoken to the Detroit Lions about potentially trading for Calvin Johnson's rights before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, league sources told ESPN. Figuring they had nothing to lose, the Lions told teams to reach out to Johnson to gauge his reaction, but so far..." October 29

  • Lions' Eric Ebron drawing trade interest from NFL teams "The Detroit Lions might finally give up on the Eric Ebron experience. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that teams have been calling Detroit about a potential trade for the enigmatic tight end ahead of Tuesday's deadline. Lions general manager Bob Quinn picked up the..." October 29

  • Now a father, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron's mind at ease

    Detroit Free Press "Eric Ebron was up late one night last week, still in the recovery room by his fiancée's side, when he started welling up with pride as he held his newborn son, Oliver Dash Ebron. "I think it was about the third night when I was just sitting up with him one night and he was just staring at me in..." October 28

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