Lions Rumors & News

  • Matt Stafford's Wife Will Choose the Lions Cheerleaders

    The Big Lead "Matt Stafford’s wife, Kelly, was a cheerleader at Georgia, and while collegiate cheerleading is a markedly different endeavor than whatever it is NFL cheerleaders do, there is enough overlap the Lions felt Kelly Stafford was qualified to help select this year’s squad. There is a greater..." June 23

  • Stafford: I think it will be tougher on defenses without Calvin Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "Calvin Johnson retired this offseason, leaving the Lions to get used to running an offense without their top receiver for most of the last decade. They signed Marvin Jones, Jeremy Kerley, Andre Caldwell and Andre Roberts as free agents to go with holdovers Golden Tate, T.J. Jones and Corey..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Jim Caldwell expects a better Haloti Ngata this year

    Pro Football Talk "Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has talked about taking on more of a leadership role in his second season with the Lions, which is something the team would like to see go hand in hand with him playing a bigger role on the field. Ngata dealt with a calf injury during the 2015 season, missing two..." June 19

  • Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron seeks bigger role on offense

    Detroit Free Press "Eric Ebron had the biggest game of his life — eight catches for 199 yards and a touchdown — three years ago as a junior at North Carolina. Ebron’s Tar Heels lost to Miami that day, but he gave his new position coach, then Hurricanes head coach Al Golden, a glimpse of what he could be as a..." June 19

  • Travis Swanson still Lions' No. 1 center, but Graham Glasgow is coming on

    Michigan Live "When the Detroit Lions used their third-round pick on a center, for the second time in three years, it seemed as though Travis Swanson's job might be imperiled. After OTAs and minicamp, perhaps his job is a little safer than originally thought. Swanson not only repped ahead of rookie Graham..." June 18

  • Lions announce they’ll add cheerleaders in 2016

    Detroit Lions "The Detroit Lions announced today that cheerleaders will debut this upcoming season. The Detroit Lions Cheerleaders will be coached by Rebecca Girard-Smoker who has been hired as the Director of Detroit Lions Cheerleaders. “The Ford Family is unwavering in their commitment to improving the..." June 13

  • Veteran wideout Anquan Boldin visiting the Lions

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions lost one of the game’s best big receivers to retirement, so they’re looking at another guy who can add some presence to their passing game. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, veteran free agent wideout Anquan Boldin is visiting Detroit today." June 13

  • Lions grab Andre Roberts on 1-year deal

    Michigan Live "After losing a pair of wide receivers to injury last week, the Detroit Lions signed Andre Roberts on Monday. A six-year veteran, the 5-foot-11 Roberts was a third-round draft pick for the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. After four productive seasons in the desert, he signed a four-year deal with..." June 13

  • Eric Ebron says NFL players need coaches who won’t baby them

    Oakland Press "As Eric Ebron enters his third season with the Lions much is expected. The tight end, who was drafted in 2014, improved last season but still has yet to reach the point where he has the value of a first-round pick. His stats improved in 2015 over 2014. Now he needs to take the next..." June 11

  • Detroit Lions' Theo Riddick to be more involved in run game in 2016

    Detroit Free Press "Theo Riddick emerged as one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL with 80 receptions last year, but for most of his first three season, he has been an afterthought in the rushing department. With Ameer Abdullah out all spring recovering from shoulder surgery, Riddick has worked as..." June 10

  • Lions' Tulloch hopes to have future settled in 'next couple of days'

    The Score "It's been almost four months since the Detroit Lions told linebacker Stephen Tulloch that his days with the organization were coming to an end. However, Tulloch remains on the Lions roster, but hasn't received word if he'll be staying or not. Lions general manager Bob Quinn said in May "there..." June 09

  • Caldwell skips one OTA to help Lions recover

    Detroit News "Many NFL coaches have expressed frustration with the limited amount of practice time under the most recent collective bargaining agreement. Lions coach Jim Caldwell, meanwhile, effectively gave players a day off on Wednesday, cancelling one of the Lions’ 10 organized team activities as players..." June 09

  • Corey Fuller undergoes foot surgery

    Pride Of Detroit "Lions head coach Jim Caldwell met with the media on Thursday to discuss everything going on with OTAs, but an important piece of information regarding one of the Lions' wide receivers also came out. Corey Fuller, one of the wide receivers currently fighting for a position on the depth chart,..." June 09

  • Kroy Biermann visits the Lions

    Pro Football Talk "After eight seasons in Atlanta, veteran defensive end Kroy Biermann became a free agent this offseason and hasn’t found any takers yet, but he’s drawing some interest in Detroit. Biermann is visiting the Lions today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The 30-year-old Biermann played in all..." June 08

  • Golden Tate eager to star as Detroit Lions' No. 1 receiver

    Detroit Free Press "It finally could be showtime for Golden Tate. It finally could be time for the confident, talkative, productive receiver to shine and become the unquestioned top dog among the Lions’ pass catchers. With Calvin Johnson retreating into the shadows of retirement, Tate never has had a better chance..." June 08

  • Lions waive OG Andrew Zeller, sign WR Damian Copeland

    Pride Of Detroit "Tuesday afternoon the Detroit Lions announced they have released guard Andrew Zeller and signed wide receiver Damian Copeland. Zeller, an undrafted free agent out of Maryland, was part of the initial 12 UDFAs signed after the draft. With all of the other additions the Lions made in the..." June 07

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • Golden Tate: Offense started from scratch this offseason "The Detroit Lions offense is still very much a work in progress this offseason. We witnessed that side of the ball become a much more consistent unit the second half of last season after Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator midseason. Matthew Stafford’s numbers improved..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • Ex-Lions RB Joique Bell says he has two, maybe three NFL offers

    Detroit Free Press "As many NFL players worked out with professional training staffs and their teammates Saturday, former Lions and Wayne State running back Joique Bell was putting a group of youth players ranging from 5 to 18 through their paces at Wayne State. Bell, who amassed 2,235 yards the past four seasons..." June 05

  • 8 Teams That Could Sign Arian Foster

    Pro Football Rumors "The concern with Arian Foster has always been health. Foster, who will turn 30 in August, racked up 6,472 rushing yards during his seven years as a Texan, and earned three consecutive Pro Bowl nods from 2010 to 2012, averaging about 1,900 all purpose yards and 16 touchdowns in those seasons. But..." June 04

  • Lions’ offense starts over as Jim Bob Cooter gets a full year

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate said he sees big things for the offense with an entire off-season to prepare under coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. “We started from scratch,” Tate said. “Some of the same plays we had last year have different names. The terminology is really completely different...." June 03

  • Lions' Austin implies teams are manipulating Rooney Rule

    Detroit Free Press "Teryl Austin has interviewed for eight head coaching jobs over the last two years, with a full quarter of the NFL's 32 teams. But the Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator said today that he isn't discouraged by a process that has rewarded a number of less-accomplished assistants. “I wouldn’t..." June 02

  • Lions sign offensive lineman undrafted free agent Dominick Jackson

    Pride Of Detroit "With the offensive line the major question from last year's Lions team, it would seem reasonable that any avenue to attempt to experiment and patch up the unit would be taken. Draft picks have been used, free agents tapped, and now in the aftermath of the NFL draft more players who slipped out of..." June 01

  • Lions GM says he didn't try to talk Calvin Johnson out of retiring

    CBS Sports "Calvin Johnson shockingly retired earlier this offseason at the age of 30. One of the most talented wide receivers the league has ever seen, the former Detroit Lion seemed like he still had a lot left to give. At the very least, he figured to still be a huge part of his team's offense, and without..." June 01

  • Lions sign undrafted rookie free agent TE Ben McCord "The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that they have signed undrafted rookie free agent TE Ben McCord. Contract terms were not disclosed. A four-year contributor at Central Michigan, McCord started all 13 games for the Chippewas last season and finished with a career-high 39 receptions for 612..." June 01

  • Lions place Tim Wright on IR

    The Score "The Detroit Lions placed tight end Tim Wright on injured reserve with a torn ACL on Tuesday. After Wright passed through waivers last week, the Lions had no choice but to shelve the veteran tight end acquired in 2015 for kicker Kyle Brindza." May 31

  • Haloti Ngata: Lions' defensive line is deep and talented

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Lions faced some serious depth issues along the defensive line at the outset of the offseason. Especially at tackle, where both starters were eligible to hit free agency. So the Lions went on a spending spree. They re-signed one starter, Haloti Ngata, to a two-year deal. They..." May 30

  • Lions' TJ Jones looks good filling void during OTAs

    Michigan Live "Most receivers count their catches. They count their yards. They definitely count their touchdowns. But TJ Jones? "It's more just, don't have any mental errors today. Don't miss a block today, or don't have any drops today," the Detroit Lions receiver said after OTAs on Thursday. "... I'll..." May 28

  • With family by his side, Lions' Haloti Ngata comfortable in year 2

    Detroit Free Press "After a whirlwind off-season last spring and an injury-riddled first year in Detroit, Haloti Ngata is finally settling in to being a Lion. Traded from the Baltimore Ravens amid a contract dispute last March, Ngata missed much of the off-season program with the Lions to be with his family in..." May 28

  • Lions giving Taylor Decker a shot at left tackle

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions are likely to leave Riley Reiff at left tackle, where he has started every game but one the last three years. But when Organized Team Activities opened this week, Reiff wasn’t playing left tackle with the first-string offense. Instead, first-round draft pick Taylor Decker was playing..." May 27

  • Matthew Stafford has moved on from Calvin Johnson

    Sportsnaut "Calvin Johnson who? After spending seven seasons playing with Johnson and recording some absurd numbers, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has reportedly closed the “Megatron” chapter in his book. This was Stafford’s response when asked how long it took to move on from Johnson after..." May 27

  • Lions waive Tim Wright

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers traded tight end Tim Wright to the Patriots just before the start of the 2014 season, claimed him off of waivers from the Patriots last June and then traded him to the Lions for kicker Kyle Brindza in August. Now they have another chance to bring him back to the roster. Wright..." May 26

  • Detroit Lions' Ameer Abdullah had shoulder surgery, may miss workouts

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January and could miss the rest of the off-season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly. Abdullah, who led the Lions in rushing yards..." May 26

  • Draft leaves Detroit Lions' President Rod Wood 'very optimistic' about 2016

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions had a subdued off-season, forgoing most splashy free agent signings to build their special teams depth and focusing on strengthening the trenches through the NFL draft. But Lions president Rod Wood said last week that he is feeling good about the upcoming season. “Things..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • Ex-Lions QB Kramer gets help after suicide attempt after years of pain

    USA Today "Erik Kramer flew home to California last July, after finishing a month-long stay at the Eisenhower Center rehabilitation facility in Ann Arbor, and almost immediately began planning his death. Kramer, who quarterbacked the Detroit Lions in 1990-93 and led the team to its only playoff victory..." May 22

  • Matthew Stafford didn't push Calvin Johnson to keep playing, expects WR to stay retired

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a strong suspicion Calvin Johnson might be playing his final season last year. After seven years together, you tend to get a sense for these kinds of things. "I had some inklings, and some conversations with him, and I know him well enough to know..." May 20

  • James Ihedigbo: 'I plan to be playing football this year'

    Detroit Free Press "James Ihedigbo lost his starting job with the Detroit Lions late last year and was told by the team early this off-season that he didn't fit into their plans for 2016, but the veteran safety said today that he's not yet ready to retire from the NFL. "If I was retiring, I would have said I was..." May 19

  • Report: NFL to move Pro Bowl to Orlando

    Orlando Sentinel "The National Football League is moving its Pro Bowl all-star game to Orlando, according to a report by The Bloomberg report cited three people familiar with the matter confirming that Orlando has beaten out the event's traditional home of Honolulu, as well as Houston and Sydney,..." May 19

  • Jahvid Best hopes to represent St. Lucia in the Olympics

    Pro Football Talk "A recent roundup of NFL players trying to get to the Olympics mentioned a very intriguing name: Former Lions running back Jahvid Best. Best, a first-round pick of the Lions in 2010 (they traded up to get him) who last played in the NFL during the notorious Schwartz/Harbaugh pushy-shovy game..." May 19

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

  • Ranking NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders

    Tennessean "Optimism is never in short supply throughout the NFL offseason, even for the league's most moribund franchises. In a parity-driven league, a sudden rise never seems far off. The Washington Redskins were last season's lone worst-to-first story, but they proved it's possible to shed the standards..." May 17

  • Offensive coordinator change case study "For the Detroit Lions’ offense, last year’s jolting mid-season change in coordinators paid dividends on two fronts, but there are challenges ahead that will determine whether it will be sustained and produce long-term success. The history of three other in-season changes of offensive..." May 16

  • Dolphins sign Jason Jones to reported 1-year deal

    The Score "The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran defensive end Jason Jones, agent Mike McCartney announced Monday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Jones is joining the club on a one-year contract worth over $1.5 million that includes more than $1 million in guarantees, reports Ian Rapoport..." May 16

  • Best offseason acquisitions for all 32 NFL teams

    ESPN "From free agents to coaches and draft picks to general managers, NFL Nation reporters select the top offseason pickup for every team: AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson Drafting Lawson at No. 19 overall was a steal for the Bills -- general manager Doug Whaley never..." May 16