Lions Rumors & News

  • If Detroit Lions let Ansah go, what are they losing?

    Detroit Free Press "Should the Detroit Lions sign a long-term deal with Ziggy Ansah, franchise tag him or let him walk? As a rule, I’m not a big fan of letting good talent walk away from an organization regardless of money. As a rule, I’m not a big fan of applying the franchise tag to a player unless I have a..." February 22

  • 15 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The official start to the new league year is less than a month away, which means all 32 NFL teams are gearing up for their annual free agency frenzy. In preparation for said frenzy, each team is currently deep in evaluation mode, looking not just at the crop of impending free agents, but also..." February 21

  • Fox is reportedly pushing for a stronger TNF schedule, might move some Sunday matchups to Thursday

    Awful Announcing "Whether Fox’s move to acquire rights to Thursday Night Football for the next five years at an estimated rate of $550 million per year is a good one or not may have a whole lot to do with how good the schedule is. TNF has taken a lot of criticism over the past few years for a weaker schedule than..." February 20

  • NFL Rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 20

  • Michael Roberts hopes for a better second season

    Detroit Free Press "No matter what the Detroit Lions do at the tight end position this offseason — Eric Ebron is under contract with his fifth-year option, and Darren Fells is an unrestricted free agent — Michael Roberts is ready for a bigger role in 2018. Roberts played in 15 games with three starts last season,..." February 19

  • Pat Caputo - Needs much more obvious than answers for Detroit Lions

    Oakland Press "Three of the four teams reaching conference championship games during the 2017 NFL season were .500 or below the year before - Philadelphia, Minnesota and Jacksonville. So it’s possible the Lions, with a solid off-season of roster building by general manager Bob Quinn, and a new head coach Matt..." February 18

  • Why the Detroit Lions should use the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah

    Detroit Free Press "NFL teams have a two-week window beginning Tuesday in which to use the franchise or transition tag to keep one of their pending free agents off the open market. The Detroit Lions have not used the device since they tagged Cliff Avril in the spring of 2012, but they have a legitimate decision to..." February 17

  • Lions make a pair of coaching moves

    Pro Football Talk "New Lions head coach Matt Patricia is continuing to build out his coaching staff in Detroit. The team announced two members of the staff on Friday. Hank Fraley will be the team’s assistant offensive line coach and Evan Rothstein has been named head coach assistant/research and..." February 16

  • NFL Rumors: Lions may go after Dion Lewis in free agency

    Clutch Points "The Detroit Lions have a new head coach in former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. However, he might not be the only Pat who could be calling Detroit home next season. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the Lions will likely make a push to acquire the services..." February 15

  • NFL free agency rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 14

  • Lions' putrid running game will be fixed, GM Bob Quinn promises

    Sporting News "They're a Ford-owned product that doesn't run, but the head mechanic promises this will change. No franchise has provided less ground support to its starting quarterback than what the Lions have given Matthew Stafford since he entered the NFL in 2009. Detroit running backs have produced only..." February 13

  • Former Lions WR Titus Young denied parole for violent history

    Michigan Live "Titus Young is in prison, and he's not getting out any time soon. The former Detroit Lions wide receiver and 2011 second-round draft pick was denied parole Monday in California based on his "history of violent criminality," the Los Angeles Times reported. Young, 28, earned a four-year sentence..." February 13

  • NFL Rumors: Who will be most active teams in NFL Free Agency?

    Fanrag Sports "We’re roughly one month from the NFL‘s annual free-agent shopping spree, when — despite general managers’ best efforts to build rosters primarily through the draft — executives often cannot resist the temptation of landing splashy free agents. With Kirk Cousins, Ziggy Ansah, Le’Veon Bell and..." February 13

  • Nate Burleson: Detroit Lions' Kenny Golladay 'next up' for NFL stardom

    Detroit Free Press "Rookie wide receivers were by and large a disappointing bunch in 2017. Cooper Kupp, Juju Smith-Schuster and running back Alvin Kamara were the only rookies who ranked in the top 50 of the NFL in catches, and the three receivers taken in the top 10 – Corey Davis, Mike Williams and John Ross –..." February 12

  • Lions have set a window on Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn and Matthew Stafford

    Michigan Live "In two years as Lions general manager, Bob Quinn has made two defining moves that stand out from the rest: extending Matthew Stafford by $135 million and hiring former Patriots coworker Matt Patricia to be his coach. Now, he appears tied to the hip of those decisions, for better or for worse...." February 10

  • Lions hanging onto special teams staff

    Pro Football Talk "Lions coach Matt Patricia has penciled in a few more holdovers for his first staff. According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, Detroit will retain special teams coach Joe Marciano and assistant special teams coach Devin Fitzimmons. Marciano has been with the Lions since 2015, but has..." February 09

  • Lions Announce Contract Extension For Executive VP And GM Bob Quinn

    CBS Detroit "The Detroit Lions announced today that they have agreed to terms with General Manager Bob Quinn on an extension to his current contract. The extension matches the term of Head Coach Matt Patricia’s new deal with the team. The extended contract term for Bob Quinn ensures organizational stability..." February 09

  • Matt Patricia trims his infamous beard for Lions introduction

    Larry Brown Sports "Matt Patricia was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, and the former defensive coordinator has cleaned up his look a bit for the newest chapter in his career. During his tenure with the New England Patriots, Patricia became known for his long, scraggly..." February 07

  • Matt Patricia: What others have done in the past doesn’t have to do with me

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions introduced Matt Patricia as their new head coach at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon and there was one big difference from the last time we saw him. Patricia’s trademark bushy beard has been pared back to a more manageable level, but he did pause at one point to put a pencil..." February 07

  • Lions Officially Hire Matt Patricia As Head Coach

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they’ve officially hired Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their new head coach. Patricia released the following statement: “I’m incredibly honored and grateful to be named Head Coach of the Detroit Lions. Thank you to Mrs. Ford and her..." February 05

  • Lions expected to retain OC Jim Bob Cooter

    ESPN "The Detroit Lions are expected to retain offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, per league sources, an important move considering that their new head coach, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, will oversee the team and defense. Quarterback Matthew Stafford lobbied to keep Cooter on..." February 04

  • The ’17 Browns or ’08 Lions: Which Team Was Worse?

    The Sports Post "Now that the 2017 Cleveland Browns have joined the 2008 Detroit Lions in NFL infamy by losing all 16 regular season games, which of the two teams was worse? Some are calling this season’s Browns the worst team in NFL history. It certainly seems that way. But head coach Hue Jackson is not losing..." February 03

  • Marvin Jones: Lions could have best offense in NFL

    NFL.com "The Detroit Lions proved correct the popular thought of football being a pass-first game in 2017. Detroit finished seventh in points scored (410) and 13th in the NFL in yards per game (337.8), despite finishing dead last in rushing with 76.3 yards per contest. That's simply..." February 03

  • NFLPA: More concussion evaluations says we’re smarter about delivering care

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL announced last month that players were diagnosed with 281 concussions in 2017, which represented a new high since the league started tracking total concussions six years ago and was a number that NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills called a “disappointment.” During a press conference..." February 02

  • Report: Fox paying $550 million a year for Thursdays

    Pro Football Talk "Here’s why Thursday Night Football isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, the winning bid submitted by Fox for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package is worth $550 million a year. He also reports that the top Fox broadcast team of Joe Buck and..." January 31

  • The NFL Lost $30 Million In Ad Revenue Thanks To Plummeting TV Ratings in 2017

    Total Pro Sports "It has been an ongoing issue for two seasons now with the NFL losing viewers for various reasons. While many pointed to Colin Kaepernick and his stance to kneel during the National Anthem which caused hundreds of other players to follow suit, you’d also have to count in the fact that many people..." January 31

  • Fox reportedly near deal to win broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football

    Awful Announcing "Scott Soshnick and Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg report that Fox is close to a deal for the broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football. Fox’s Thursday Night Football bid is reportedly higher than the $45 million per game price ($450 million over 10 games) that CBS and NBC combined to pay last..." January 31

  • Matt Patricia explains motivation behind bushy beard

    Detroit News "Matt Patricia’s beard is a masterpiece in manliness, but the New England Patriots defensive coordinator and soon-to-be Detroit Lions head coach didn’t grow out his bushy facial hair as a young assistant coach to hide his boyish looks as some as speculated. No, there’s a far more interesting..." January 30

  • Roger Goodell: NFL is prepared for legalized gambling

    Sportsnaut "The NBA might very well be fully supportive of legalized sports gambling around the United States, but that doesn’t mean the NFL will fall in line. The league has consistently opposed any expansion of legalized sports gambling, something that’s not going to change any time soon. But NFL..." January 30

  • Lions add three assistants to future coach Matt Patricia's staff, per SN source

    Sporting News "The Lions don’t have a head coach yet, but they are set to add three new assistants to what will soon be Matt Patricia’s staff. A source told Sporting News that George Godsey (quarterbacks), Jeff Davidson (offensive line) and Brian Stewart (defensive backs) are headed to the Lions. Godsey..." January 29

  • Roger Goodell 'concerned' about NFL catch rule

    NFL.com "The confounding catch rule is the bane of many football fans' existence. Count NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as one of those perturbed viewers fixated on simplifying and clarifying the rule this offseason. "I'm not just somewhat concerned. I am concerned," Goodell told FOX Sports' Colin..." January 29

  • How much do Super Bowl commercials cost in 2018?

    Sporting News "Super Bowl 52, also known as Super Bowl LII, is set for Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings since the 2016 season. The game will be the first Super Bowl hosted by Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI on Jan. 26, 1992. This year it's the Eagles vs. the Patriots, but..." January 29

  • NFL Pro Bowl ratings up 28% from last year

    247 Sports "The NFL's decision to move the Pro Bowl to an afternoon slot paid dividends when it comes to the game's ratings. A considerable amount of people tuned into watch this year's Pro Bowl than in 2017, as the league decided to kickoff their all-start game this past Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Pro Bowl..." January 29

  • Which quarterbacks will be released or traded?

    Sporting News "Free agency and quarterbacks normally are not words used together, but this year could be different, as a few passers should make their way to the open market. Here we look at some of the top quarterback free agents and players who could be released or traded in 2018. Kirk Cousins,..." January 29

  • NFL ratings decline leads to an increase in makegoods, $300 million drop in ad revenue

    Awful Announcing "Whatever the reasons behind the NFL’s decline in ratings, and they’re likely myriad, it was always going to be tough for that big of a drop to not impact the bottom line. According to AdWeek, that’s exactly what happened: It didn’t happen until the final month of the regular season, but the..." January 26

  • XFL 2.0: Vince McMahon’s company teases “major sports announcement”

    Pro Football Talk "Vince McMahon’s plans to give the XFL a second try appear closer than ever, with a “major sports announcement” set for today. Alpha Entertainment, the sports business McMahon funded by selling $100 million of WWE stock, today said it will have a major announcement at 3 p.m. Eastern. That..." January 25

  • Boston College DL coach Paul Pasqualoni emerges as possible target for Lions DC

    Michigan Live "With 11 days until the Lions can make the Matt Patricia hire official, little news has leaked about his plans for the staff. And most notably, at defensive coordinator. On Thursday, a candidate finally emerged: Paul Pasqualoni, according to NFL Network. Pasqualoni is the defensive line coach..." January 25

  • Matt Patricia reportedly picked Lions coaching job over Giants for one big reason

    CBS Sports "One of the most interesting coaching searches of the offseason finally came to an end Monday when the Giants decided to hire Pat Shurmur. However, the only reason Shurmur got the job is because the Giants' first choice, Matt Patricia, apparently turned them down. As recently as Jan. 10, it was..." January 24

  • Report: NFL could keep teams in locker room for anthem in 2018

    247 Sports "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and his teammates may have to find a different way to protest racial inequality in 2018. According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, the NFL plans to keep all players in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem next season, which would the..." January 24

  • Lions won’t bring back assistants Sheridan, Williams

    Detroit News "The Detroit Lions largely will have an entirely new defensive staff under presumed new head coach Matt Patricia. Multiple assistants have been told they will not be retained, according to a team source who was not authorized to speak on record. Both linebackers coach Bill Sheridan and..." January 23

  • Soon-to-be Lions head coach Matt Patricia reportedly already letting assistants go

    CBS Sports "The situation with soon-to-be head coaches in the playoffs is a precarious one. The Lions fired Jim Caldwell and found their new coach in Matt Patricia, the defensive coordinator of the Patriots. However, he's not technically their coach just yet. They can't offer Patricia a contract until his..." January 23

  • Lions Parting Ways With QBs Coach Brian Callahan, Titans A Team To Watch

    NFL Trade Rumors "Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports that the Lions are parting ways with QBs coach Brian Callahan. This comes as a bit of surprise, as there should be a decent market for Callahan now that he’s available. On Sunday, Paul Kuharsky mentioned that he has heard new Titans HC Mike Vrabel likes..." January 22

  • 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