Lions Rumors & News

  • Former WR Titus Young sentenced to five years probation "Former wide receiver Titus Young was sentenced to five years probation in a felony battery case on Tuesday, according to He will be forced to stay in a live-in program for one year. Young pleaded not guilty in July to the felony charge and was facing up to nine years in prison on four..." May 05

  • Lions won't commit to Travis Swanson as starting center

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions have spent four high-round draft picks on offensive linemen in the last three years, but line coach Jeremiah Washburn was non-committal when asked if one of them – center Travis Swanson –would be in his starting lineup this fall. "I don't know," Washburn said Saturday. "And..." May 03

  • Lions CB Diggs out to prove he's better than sixth-rounder

    Detroit News "Cornerback Quandre Diggs was a four-year starter at Texas, and after the Lions drafted him in the sixth round Saturday, he said that's a fact that provides a window into the kind of player he is. "That just speaks to the dedication and the drive that I have, the type of mentality I have to..." May 03

  • Burton should help Lions in quest for power run game

    Detroit News "Former Lions fullback Cory Schlesinger was at team headquarters Saturday to announce the sixth- and seventh-round picks. The Lions, though, didn't wait until the final two rounds to draft a fullback for just the second time since they took Schlesinger in 1995. With the 168th overall pick in..." May 03

  • Lions offensive line gets younger quickly

    Detroit News "After last season ended, several Lions veterans spoke of their desire to return this year to continue the momentum of a successful run. Among those was center Dominic Raiola and guard Rob Sims. But after the Lions drafted Duke guard Laken Tomlinson in the first round of the draft Thursday,..." May 03

  • After going undrafted, Zach Zenner signs with Lions as free agent

    Fox Sports "After three days of waiting for a call that never came, Zach Zenner heard from an NFL team shortly after the draft ended on Saturday. The South Dakota State star signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions shortly after the final pick in Round 7. Zenner rushed for more than 2,000..." May 03

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    Michael Rothstein @mikerothstein

    Joe Lombardi said the plan is for Riley Reiff to stay at left tackle. #Lions #DETpick

  • Lions give up next year’s 3, trade up for defensive tackle Gabe Wright

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions lost defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency, which made it a position they needed to address in the draft. Now they have. Detroit traded into the fourth round by sending next year’s third-round pick to the Eagles. With Philadelphia’s fourth-round pick, No. 114..." May 02

  • Lions trade up and pick Stanford cornerback Alex Carter

    Pro Football Talk "After trading down in the first round, the Lions have traded up in the third. Detroit moved up to the 80th overall pick and selected Stanford cornerback Alex Carter." May 02

  • Lions trade down, take powerful blocker Tomlinson

    Detroit News "Laken Tomlinson likely would've had plenty of opportunities to have a successful career outside of football. He was a double major at Duke with degrees in evolutionary anthropology and psychology, putting him on track to go to medical school and fulfill his dream of being a neurosurgeon. He..." May 01

  • Options abound for Lions in first round of draft

    Detroit News "The NFL draft has arrived, and tonight, the speculation over what player the Lions will select with the 23rd pick in the first round — assuming they don't trade the selection — finally will come to an end. It could be a defensive lineman or offensive lineman. It could be a cornerback or..." April 30

    2015 NFL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff NFL Draft day is finally here. Teams begin re-loading tonight and the new NFL season will be here before we know it. I'm going to post rumors in this live blog all day. Pick rumors, trade rumors, etc. April 30

  • 2015 NFL mock draft: Saints, Dolphins, Eagles, Jaguars making trades "It's finally time to bite the bullet. It's time to mock it up. Hopefully, I can do better than last year, where I hit for a pretty strong average – 26 of the 32 players I put in my mock ended up going in the first round – but didn't land nearly enough homers (getting the right player and team..." April 29

  • Lions' Quin: Bentley, Lawson have big seasons ahead

    Detroit Free Press "Cornerback is widely considered one of the Detroit Lions' biggest needs entering this week's NFL draft. Darius Slay had a breakout second season last fall, and Rashean Mathis has revived his career in Detroit, but Mathis turns 35 in August, and the Lions are thin beyond that. Still, Pro Bowl..." April 28

  • NFL to end tax-exempt status

    The Score "The NFL will relinquish its tax-exempt status, commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a memo to owners Tuesday. Goodell said the move was made to "eliminate (a) distraction." The memo states the move will not have a significant impact on the operation of the league: Every dollar of..." April 28

  • NFL Commissioner Goodell: "We didn't get it right"

    CBS News "The NFL draft begins Thursday in Chicago. It's a change of venue for a league re-defining itself both on and off the field. The NFL will follow a new personal conduct policy, and two new employees will help investigate player misconduct. In an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie..." April 28

  • Stafford not worried about Lions' lack of left guard

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions don't have a left guard on their roster right now, but the man whose ribs are most at risk from that decision doesn't seem bothered by it at all. "We're not playing a game tomorrow. I'm not too worried about it," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "I trust the guys..." April 27

  • Lions haven't closed the door on bringing back Rodney Austin

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions haven't closed the door on bringing back Rodney Austin, but the situation won't be revisited until there's a resolution to the backup offensive lineman's legal issues. The team released Austin on Tuesday, following domestic violence charges in his home state of North Carolina...." April 25

  • Lions talking extension with DeAndre Levy, waiting to talk to Haloti Ngata

    Pro Football Talk "Lions president Tom Lewand said early this month that and linebacker DeAndre Levy had yet to open up contract negotiations and, as a result, he couldn’t say whether the team’s talks with Levy would extend past the start of training camp. Lewand should have a better idea of the timing the next..." April 24

  • Stephen Tulloch says he’s ready to play today

    Pro Football Talk "There was some uncertainty earlier this offseason about whether the Lions would hold onto linebacker Stephen Tulloch because he has a $5.8 million cap hit for the 2015 season. The Lions opted to hold onto Tulloch, leaving the timing of his return from last year’s torn ACL as the biggest unknown..." April 24

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Mayhew said he's very comfortable with Reiff at left tackle and thinks he's a very good player. Team is picking up his 5th-year option.

  • Judge approves concussion settlement, could cost NFL $1 billion "A federal judge has approved a plan that brings the NFL and more than 5,000 former players one step closer to a settlement in a concussion lawsuit that could end up costing the league more than $1 billion over 65 years. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had twice sent the deal back to..." April 22

  • 2015 Sunday Night Football schedule

    SB Nation "The NFL has released the full schedule for the upcoming 2015 NFL season, which means we know the primetime matchups for Sunday Night Football. Typically some of the best matchups on the schedule (especially with flex scheduling), Sunday Night Football might not be as well-known a phrase as Monday..." April 22

  • Lions cut Rodney Austin after arrest

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions cut guard Rodney Austin today, less than a week after he was arrested on two charges of assault. Austin, 26, was arrested Friday morning on four misdemeanor charges of assaulting a female, assaulting a child under 12, interfering with emergency communication and larceny,..." April 21

  • NFL schedule will be released on Tuesday

    Pro Football Talk "The wait to find out the 2015 schedule will end on Tuesday evening. The NFL has announced that the schedule will be unveiled during a three-hour show on NFL Network that gets underway at 8 p.m. ET. All 256 games will be revealed during the program, although not all games will remain in the same..." April 20

  • Lions drop grievance, ship DE George Johnson to Bucs "The Lions and Buccaneers have settled their differences on the George Johnson offer sheet, with Detroit agreeing to send the defensive end to Tampa Bay, league sources said. The Lions dropped their grievance after reaching an agreement with the Bucs. As part of the deal, the two teams will..." April 15

  • Report Suggests About 1 in 6 NFL Players Go Broke Within 12 Years of Retiring

    Complex "When the NFL comes back in 2015, and you gaze upon the first 11-on-11 play of the bloodsport's season, know that, statistically speaking, at least three players on that field will be bankrupt soon after they hang up their cleats. According to a new research paper by the National Bureau of Economic..." April 15

  • Lions drop grievance, ship DE George Johnson to Bucs "The Lions and Buccaneers have settled their differences on the George Johnson offer sheet, with Detroit agreeing to send the defensive end to Tampa Bay, league sources said. The Lions dropped their grievance after reaching an agreement with the Bucs. As part of the deal, the two teams will..." April 15

  • Lions disputing Bucs' offer sheet to George Johnson

    Fox Sports Detroit "The Detroit Lions confirmed Monday that the team is disputing the offer sheet that defensive end George Johnson, a restricted free agent, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The original deadline for the Lions to make a decision on whether to match the three-year, $9-million offer in order to..." April 13

  • Schedule release likely coming next week

    Pro Football Talk "With the draft only 17 days away and in light of the NFL’s habit of releasing the regular-season schedule before the draft, the window for releasing the 2015 regular-season schedule is getting fairly narrow. The current thinking, per a source with knowledge of the situation, is that the sheet..." April 13

  • Joe Lombardi calls Lions run game a “work in progress”

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions said goodbye to Reggie Bush this offseason, but it wasn’t because they felt totally secure in the pieces they held onto in the running game. Detroit ranked 28th in the league in rushing last season and neither Joique Bell nor Theo Riddick has been the lead man in an effective NFL..." April 12

  • Ex-NFL CB: After The Draft My Mom Said I Owed Her $1 Million

    Black Sports Online "We hear it all the time. “How do athletes who make millions of dollars go broke?” Ex-NFL CB Phillip Buchanon breaks down in his book “New Money: Staying Rich” how easily it can happen. Here are a couple of excerpts. In the excerpt, the former NFL cornerback talks about family members,..." April 11

  • Whitehead should get nod over Van Noy at OLB for Lions

    Fox Sports Detroit "One of the more interesting position battles heading into this coming season for the Detroit Lions will be at outside linebacker between Tahir Whitehead and Kyle Van Noy. Whitehead has to be considered the favorite, based on his performance last season. But the Lions had high expectations for..." April 10

  • Lions' Stafford works out on New Zealand honeymoon

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford is on his honeymoon in New Zealand, climbing mountains, tasting wine and enjoying life as a married man. But, apparently, football isn't far from this mind, either. Stafford's wife, Kelly, posted a video on Instagram of the Detroit Lions quarterback running stairs while in..." April 10

  • Ex-Lions RB Kevin Smith charged with resisting arrest

    Detroit News "Former Lions running back Kevin Smith was arrested in Orlando, Florida, after police say he fled the scene of a car accident and then disobeyed a police officer. Campus police at Central Florida, where Smith attended, say Smith was being questioned about a car accident he was involved in and..." April 09

  • 2015 NFL preseason schedule announced "Preseason football may be some four months off, but the NFL wants to give you time to get adequately pumped for what amounts to glorified practices. That's right: On Thursday, the league announced the 2015 preseason schedule in all its meaningless glory. Meaningless may be an overstatement; the..." April 09

  • Titus Young pleads no contest; will be sentenced on May 5 "Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young pleaded no contest to one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury in a Los Angeles County courtroom. He had been arrested on July 9, 2014, and initially faced charges of one felony battery count with serious bodily injury and four..." April 09

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    Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

    Offer sheet DE George Johnson signed w/ Buccaneers worth a total $9 million over 3 years, source says. Waiting to see if Lions will match.

  • Bucs announce signing of RFA George Johnson; Lions have 5 days to match

    Michigan Live "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced via the team's Twitter account they've signed Detroit Lions defensive end George Johnson to a three-year contract. The terms of the deal have not been announced, but as a restricted free agent, the Lions have five days to match the offer. An undrafted free..." April 08

  • Report: Lions' James Ihedigbo won't report to team activities without new deal

    The Score "James Ihedigbo was an integral part of the Detroit Lions' defense in 2014 and wants to be compensated accordingly. Ihedigbo's agent said that his client will not participate in any Lions' activities without a new contract, according to Brad Galli of WXYZ Detroit." April 07

  • Ngata trade hit Twitter before Lions told Caldwell

    Detroit News "General manager Martin Mayhew recently described how the Lions landed Haloti Ngata in a trade, but president Tom Lewand shared one quirky detail last week at the team's annual town hall meeting with season-ticket holders. According to Lewand, news of the deal with the Baltimore Ravens was on..." April 07

  • Detroit Lions in 'ideal' cap situation for extension talks with DeAndre Levy, Haloti Ngata, others

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions were prepared to give Ndamukong Suh $102 million over the next six years. He turned it down. And that leaves the Lions with a lot of money to spend elsewhere. What do they plan to do with it? "We look to the guys coming up this year -- that nucleus of young talent we..." April 07

  • Lions want Matthew Stafford to take more chances in 2015

    Pride Of Detroit "In 2014, the Detroit Lions' plan for quarterback Matthew Stafford was pretty clear. In order to limit turnovers, the Lions seemingly put him in a position to take fewer chances. Whether that meant fewer deep shots or more conservative play calling, the Lions were really intent on limiting the..." April 06

  • Marijuana suspension could be part of reason Detroit Lions haven't re-signed C.J. Mosley

    Michigan Live "There were fears that the Detroit Lions' top-ranked defense would slip without Nick Fairley. But it still managed to finish second overall, and was ranked No. 1 against the run. C.J. Mosley was a major reason why. He spent most of his two years with Detroit operating as the team's top..." April 05

  • Ebron works with Stafford; was he asked to do too much?

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell spent a few minutes gushing about Eric Ebron's off-season at the NFL owners meetings last week, but when pressed for specifics about what the Detroit Lions' second-year tight end was doing to improve, Caldwell clammed up. "Can't give you all of our secrets, but he's working,"..." April 04

  • Lions add CB Josh Wilson

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have strengthened their secondary depth. Detroit has reached a one-year contract with cornerback Josh Wilson, Tim Twentyman of reported Friday. " April 03

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    Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider

    Brandon Copeland signs with the Detroit Lions, according to a league source, after visiting five teams after running 4.52 at vet combine

  • Former Gilman standout Brandon Copeland signs with Detroit Lions, sources say

    Baltimore Sun "Former Gilman standout Brandon Copeland, a Sykesville native, has signed with the Detroit Lions, according to NFL sources. Copeland visited five teams, including the Lions, and drew interest from a dozen teams, including the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. The former Ravens..." April 02

  • Ebron works with Stafford; was he asked to do too much?

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell spent a few minutes gushing about Eric Ebron's off-season at the NFL owners meetings last week, but when pressed for specifics about what the Detroit Lions' second-year tight end was doing to improve, Caldwell clammed up. "Can't give you all of our secrets, but he's working,"..." April 01

  • Golden Tate doesn't see losing Ndamukong Suh as adding offensive pressure "Golden Tate sees the loss of Ndamukong Suh, like most others, as a blow to the Detroit Lions. What the receiver doesn't think, though, is that the changes on the Lions' defense will put more pressure on Detroit's offense featuring Tate, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. "No, I don't think..." March 31