Lions Rumors & News

  • Lions to give Calvin Johnson time, but the clock is still ticking

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions have met with Calvin Johnson after all. Much has been made of new general manager Bob Quinn saying he hadn't spoken with Johnson, who is considering retirement. But team president Rod Wood said he's talked with the receiver several times, including when the season ended and..." February 06

  • Roger Goodell Speaks Out on Concussions, 'Rooney Rule' for Women

    ABC News "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is a “culture change” in the NFL when it comes to concussions and, if he had a son, would have no problem allowing him to play the sport. “The number of concussions went up this year and they're going to go up and they're going to go down in any given..." February 06

  • Steve Young on Stafford: It's time for him to step up

    Detroit Free Press "Steve Young sees a little bit of himself in Matthew Stafford - his carefree, disheveled self. "I actually know him only through Van Heusen," Young said of the menswear company both he and Stafford promoted in recent years. "He was a Van Heusen guy with Jerry (Rice) and I one year. And it..." February 05

  • Lions Part Ways With Sheldon White

    Pro Football Rumors "New Lions general manager Bob Quinn continues to make changes in Detroit’s front office, and the latest executive to leave the team is the one Quinn replaced in the GM role. According to Justin Rogers of, the Lions have parted ways with longtime director of pro personnel Sheldon White,..." February 04

  • Lions’ Tate teams with Pizza Hut for ‘Golden Pizza’

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions won’t play in the Super Bowl — what else is new? But Golden Tate will be busy. The wide receiver announced Wednesday he is teaming up with Pizza Hut to help introduce the “Golden Pizza” in honor of the Super Bowl’s “golden anniversary” Sunday. To be more specific, it’s a..." February 04

  • NFL to establish Rooney rule for women

    ESPN "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league is going to institute a Rooney rule for women when it comes to all NFL executive positions. He announced the decision in opening remarks at NFL Women's Summit, where roughly 250 men and women associated with the league are gathered to..." February 04

  • Lions raise ticket prices for 2016

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions were one of the worst teams in the NFL for most of last season, but that didn't stop them from raising ticket prices for the third straight year. In an email to season-ticket holders today, team president Rod Wood announced a "modest" increase in prices while trumpeting the..." February 02

  • NFL to consider putting video on sideline tablets

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s embrace of tablet technology has been limited, to date. Soon, the bright blue Microsoft Surface devices that show up on sidelines could do more than simply show images of pre-snap formations. At a Tuesday press conference, NFL executive V.P. Brian Rolapp said that the league will..." February 02

  • Lions seem to want cap space more than they want Megatron

    Pro Football Talk "If you were the new G.M. of a team coming off a 7-9 season, which would you rather have: A 30-year-old wide receiver who’s still good but no longer great, or an extra $16 million in salary cap space over the next two years? New Lions G.M. Bob Quinn seems to be answering that question by saying..." February 02

  • Nate Burleson: 'Ridiculous' Lions GM hasn't spoken to Megatron

    Detroit Free Press "One of Calvin Johnson's close friends and former teammates said it defies logic that new Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn hasn't reached out to the star receiver yet and a simple conversation could help sway Johnson to play another season. "That's ridiculous," NFL Network analyst Nate..." February 02

  • Survey: NFL Players Don't Trust That Team Doctors Have Their Best Interests At Heart

    Deadspin "The Associated Press just released a big report on the relationship between NFL players’ health and the training and medical care they get from their teams. There’s a whole lot of insight into the pervasiveness of injuries and the inadequacies NFL training staffs have with addressing them. Let’s..." February 02

  • Lions hire ex-Hurricanes coach Al Golden as tight ends coach

    Pro Football Talk "Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden has found work in the NFL. The Lions have announced that Golden is their new tight ends coach. Golden was fired in the middle of the season last year after going 32-25 in four and a half seasons coaching the Hurricanes. He previously spent five..." February 01

  • Gonzalez: Lions’ Ebron needs to change his routine

    Detroit News "Tony Gonzalez caught more passes for more yards and touchdowns than any other tight end in NFL history, but even he took a couple of years to adjust to the league. The Lions hope Eric Ebron can one day provide close to the impact Gonzalez had in Kansas City and Atlanta, but the future Hall of..." February 01

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Goal for #Lions coaches & staff: Find a way to bring Calvin Johnson back. It wouldn't be at his current salary, but with Fitz-like extension

  • Calvin Johnson not a first-ballot lock for HOF

    ESPN "Retire the notion that a retiring Calvin Johnson will end up being a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His nine-year career puts him on the fringe of Hall of Fame consideration, but more could be needed to make this a no-brainer on the first try. This stunning news reported by colleague Adam..." February 01

  • If Calvin Johnson does retire, Alshon Jeffery may be one of Lions' targets

    ESPN "Calvin Johnson has told people that 2015 would be his final season in the NFL, sources told ESPN, which would leave a massive hole for the Detroit Lions at receiver. Johnson has a cap number of just over $24 million for 2016. If he follows through on retiring, the Lions would get at least $11.1..." February 01

  • Super Bowl 50 to draw an estimated $4.2 billion in bets — most of them illegal

    Los Angeles Times "It's the one day when many Americans gladly take a gamble: Super Bowl Sunday. As the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, millions of people will place some type of bet on the game even if they don't care about football. A minority will gamble legally at..." February 01

  • Pro Bowl TV ratings down, again

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Bowl was on ESPN Sunday night, and people were watching. But not as many people who watched in the past. The Pro Bowl drew a 5.0 overnight rating. That’s down from 5.6 last year and significantly down from the 6.7 rating the Pro Bowl got in 2014 when it was on NBC. Per Austin Karp of..." February 01

  • Calvin Johnson told Lions he plans to retire

    ESPN "Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his family and a close circle of friends before last season that 2015 would be his final year in the NFL, and he delivered the same message to coach Jim Caldwell the day after the regular season ended, sources told ESPN. Caldwell told Johnson not..." February 01

  • NFL VP of Officiating says catch rule 'is in a good place right now'

    CBS Sports "Can we all agree that no one knows what a catch is? Dez Bryant still doesn't, more than a year after his infamous non-catch sent the Cowboys home in a playoff game against the Packers. You don't. I don't. The average fan sure doesn't. And yet NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said on Sunday..." February 01

  • Lions hire former Maryland, UConn coach Randy Edsall

    Pro Football Talk "Longtime college coach Randy Edsall is getting a job in Detroit. Edsall, who was fired as head coach at Maryland during the 2015 season, has been hired as the Lions’ director of football research/special projects." January 31

  • NFL should add a skills competition at the Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "As interest in the Pro Bowl flags, there’s an easy addition to Pro Bowl weekend that the NFL could use to spice things up: A skills competition. The other major sports all include a skills competition as part of their All-Star festivities. Baseball has the Home Run Derby. The NBA has the slam..." January 31

  • Lions hire Harold Nash as strength and conditioning coach

    Pro Football Talk "Lions General Manager Bob Quinn was hired after spending a long stretch in the Patriots front office and the team returned to those roots to find a new strength and conditioning coach. The Lions announced Friday that Harold Nash will fill that role. The Patriots let Nash go earlier this week as..." January 29

  • New York's attorney general reportedly going after NFL ticket market's 'fixed game'

    Sporting News "Need two? If you're in New York, those tickets are going to cost you. So much so that state attorney general Eric Schneiderman's office is conducting an antitrust investigation of the NFL and its price-floor practices on tickets, reported, citing unidentified sources. It's unclear..." January 28

  • Could Calvin Johnson be angling for a trade from Detroit?

    Sportsnaut "Following what was a disappointing 2015 season, some rather intriguing information broke regarding Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The wide receiver released a statement that seemed to suggest that he was contemplating retirement: “Like many players at this stage of their career,..." January 27

  • Eagles denied request to interview Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek

    Pride Of Detroit "With as many position coaches as the Lions are turning over this year, at least one will remain in Detroit for the time being. Defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who has been with the team since 2009, was apparently being looked at by the Philadelphia Eagles to join their new staff growing under..." January 26

  • No timetable for Calvin Johnson's retirement decision, agent says

    Detroit Free Press "The agent for Calvin Johnson said today that the Detroit Lions receiver still has not decided whether to return for a 10th NFL season. Johnson confided in several current and former teammates earlier this month that he was contemplating retirement because of the physical toll football has taken..." January 26

  • The 15 Best Twitter Jokes About Mike Carey After He Blew It Again

    Huffington Post "Another game, another whiffed analysis from CBS “officiating expert” Mike Carey. Carey, who was an NFL referee in another life, has warmed the hearts of Internet trolls everywhere this year by continually blowing calls on big-time broadcasts, making predictions day in and day out that prove..." January 25

  • Lions' Caraun Reid undergoes ankle surgery

    Detroit Free Press "Defensive tackle Caraun Reid underwent recent ankle surgery, but the Detroit Lions expect to have their only starting interior lineman currently under contract back on the field sometime this off-season. Reid, who just finished his second NFL season, was one of the Lions' most improved players..." January 23

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    Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

    Source tells @NFLonFOX that @Lions expected to hire David Walker as RBs coach. Walker was @Colts RBs coach 2011-14. History w/Jim Caldwell

  • Lions fire VP of football operations Cedric Saunders

    The Score "The Detroit Lions fired vice president of football operations Cedric Saunders on Friday, a team source told ESPN's Michael Rothstein. Saunders spent 10 years with the Lions organization and was highly regarded by former general manager Martin Mayhew. " January 23

  • 49ers fire DC Eric Mangini, hire Lions RB coach Curtis Modkins as OC

    ESPN "The San Francisco 49ers continued their offseason staff turnover Friday, firing defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, according to an ESPN source and multiple reports, and hiring Detroit Lions assistant Curtis Modkins as offensive coordinator, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam..." January 23

  • Haloti Ngata would love to stay in Detroit

    Detroit Lions "The Detroit Lions and Haloti Ngata have yet to talk about a new contract that could keep the veteran defensive tackle in Detroit for the 2016 season. Those conversations are expected to begin after Lions GM Bob Quinn returns from Senior Bowl practices next week. “We haven’t been talking just..." January 23

  • Lions' Ziggy Ansah Delivers 94,000 Water Bottles to Flint, MI

    Bleacher Report "In the wake of tragedy, there are often some of the greatest displays of human generosity. In light of the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Detroit Lions' star Ziggy Ansah wanted to ensure that he would be part of that kind of benevolence. The Pro Bowl defensive end purchased and..." January 22

  • NFL health officials confronted NIH about researcher selection

    ESPN "Three of the NFL's top health and safety officers confronted the National Institutes of Health last June after the NIH selected a Boston University researcher to lead a major study on football and brain disease, Outside the Lines has learned. The new information contradicts denials by the NFL..." January 20

  • Clete Blakeman to call Super Bowl 50

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is really not holding the whole flip-or-no-flip thing against Clete Blakeman. According to, Blakeman has been tabbed to referee Super Bowl 50, his first shot to officiate the final football game of the year. Blakeman just worked the divisional round game between..." January 20

  • Darius Slay Hires Rosenhaus Sports

    Pro Football Rumors "Darius Slay wants to sign a contract extension this winter, and he’s putting himself in the best position possible to make that happen. According to Ian Rapoport of (via Twitter), that includes changing agents, with Slay making the move from Relativity Sports to Drew Rosenhaus’ agency,..." January 18

  • Lions, with holes aplenty, could be major player in FA

    Detroit Free Press "After years of being hamstrung by high-draft-pick contracts and excessive dead money, the Detroit Lions enter this off-season in rare shape with plenty of available cap room. The Lions currently have 45 players under contract for 2016 and about $132.4 million in salary commitments. With a..." January 18

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Lions make the obvious move: Source said they're installing interim OC Jim Bob Cooter as permanent offensive coordinator.

  • Lions keeping Jim Caldwell as coach

    Detroit Free Press "Jim Caldwell is coming back. The Detroit Lions announced today that Caldwell will return for a third season as head coach. Caldwell, who has two years left on his contract, had been in a state of limbo since the Detroit Lions ended their season with a 24-20 win over the Chicago Bears. The..." January 15

  • Lions still haven’t made a decision on Jim Caldwell

    Pro Football Talk "The coaching carousel is slowly spinning to a stop, but there’s a chance it will get one last sputter. The Lions have not yet decided whether to make a coaching change, which means that Jim Caldwell could still end upon the outs. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Caldwell and..." January 15

  • Report: Browns to interview Martin Mayhew, former Lions exec, for GM vacancy

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Browns will interview former Lions general manager Martin Mayhew Saturday for their GM vacancy, according to a report. Mayhew, 50, was fired in November after the Lions got out to a 1-7 start. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that he'll talk to the Browns about their opening on..." January 14

  • Stafford: Calvin Johnson retirement talk is 'serious'

    Detroit Free Press "As Calvin Johnson takes time to heal his body and consider his future, one of his Detroit Lions teammates said talk of the star receiver retiring this off-season should not be taken lightly. "I think, anytime Calvin says something, it’s not for show, it’s something serious," quarterback Matthew..." January 14

  • Report: Bob Quinn signs five-year deal with Lions, gets executive VP title

    Pride Of Detroit "Just as Bob Quinn was taking his picture with Martha Ford and approaching the podium before the Detroit media, ESPN's Adam Caplan dropped a report on Quinn's contract with the Detroit Lions: As Caplan notes, Quinn holding both the general manager and the executive vice president titles is quite..." January 12

  • White NFL Asst Coaches Twice as Likely to Be Promoted Than Black Asst Coaches

    Black Sports Online "I understand the people who do these studies put many hours, days, weeks and years into their work. I am not trying to put down what they do, but you don’t need a study to know there is systematic prejudice not just in the NFL, but almost every industry in America. I do like that they worked..." January 12

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Titans are set to interview #Lions DC Teryl Austin, source said. They recently received permission to do so.

  • Donald Trump Thinks All These Personal Foul Penalties Have Made Football ‘Soft’

    Uproxx "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. Why? Because according to what he told a crowd of 2,000 supporters in Reno, Nevada on Sunday, the cherished national pastime of American Football has gone too soft — just like the great country of..." January 11

  • Lions star Calvin Johnson's retirement would give NFL a big headache

    Detroit Free Press "Calvin Johnson might not need the NFL any longer. But the NFL badly needs him. If he’s genuinely contemplating retirement after nine seasons, he becomes another public-relations nightmare for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Only Johnson knows the real answers, and it’s unlikely he’ll say..." January 11

  • Lions' Caldwell in Allen Park but no word on future

    Detroit Free Press "The Jim Caldwell watch goes on. Caldwell traveled back to town this morning after a short getaway, but the Detroit Lions' coach still hasn't heard whether he'll return for a third season with the team. Caldwell has spoken by telephone with new Lions general manager Bob Quinn, Fritz Pollard..." January 11

  • Lions retain Ernie Accorsi in special advisor role

    The Score "The Detroit Lions are keeping Ernie Accorsi around as a special advisor to team president Rod Wood. Accorsi, who has a long history as an NFL executive that includes a decade spent as general manager of the New York Giants, joined the Lions in November to help guide the team's search for a..." January 10