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Lions Bolster Backfield With R. Johnson

Tailback Rudi Johnson agreed to a contract with the Detroit Lions. He'd been released by the Cincinnati Bengals after they'd tried but failed to trade him. Johnson is to back up starter Kevin Smith in Detroit....

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 10:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Visit But No Lions' Deal For L. Bentley

Center LeCharles Bentley visited Detroit's training camp on Tuesday but didn't sign with the Lions. Bentley is a free agent after being released, at his request, by the Cleveland Browns. He's trying to resume his career after a series of surgeries for a knee injury and infections. Bentley signed...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Simms Trade Still Possible

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't traded quarterback Chris Simms yet, but it remains possible. The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are thought to be interested. Simms has said that he doesn't believe he can continue to coexist with Coach Jon Gruden....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Interest in K. Jones

Four teams reportedly sent representatives to a workout over the weekend in Michigan by former Detroit Lions tailback Kevin Jones. Jones, who's working his way back from a knee injury, remains unsigned after being released by the Lions. According to the Associated Press, Jones's workout Saturday was attended by...

 

By Mark Maske | June 30, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Lions Dismissing R. Williams Trade Rumors

Detroit Lions officials continue to dismiss reports that they're considering trading wide receiver Roy Williams. The latest media speculation out of Philadelphia has Williams being traded this week to the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys or Washington Redskins. The talk has arisen because Williams is entering the final season of his...

 

By Mark Maske | April 22, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Cut K. Jones, K. Edwards

The Detroit Lions released tailback Kevin Jones and defensive end Kalimba Edwards. Edwards had three sacks in eight games this past season and 26 sacks in six seasons with the Lions. Jones, a former first-round draft choice out of Virginia Tech, ran for 3,067 yards in four seasons in...

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2008; 07:25 PM ET | Comments (2)

Activity on Restricted Free Agent Market

The restricted free agent market has gotten its first activity. The Detroit Lions signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Kalvin Pearson to a three-year, $3.5 million offer sheet. The deal includes a $1.1 million signing bonus. The Buccaneers have a week to decide whether to match the offer to retain...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2008; 09:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Trade S. Rogers to Bengals

The Detroit Lions traded defensive tackle Shaun Rogers to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals sent third- and fifth-round draft picks to the Lions for Rogers. The Bengals also re-signed free agent linebacker Dhani Jones. The moves keep coming: The Miami Dolphins have agreed to free agent deals with wide...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Release F. Bryant

The Detroit Lions released cornerback Fernando Bryant today. He was a starter this past season but was to have a salary of $3.35 million next season if he'd remained with the Lions....

 

By Mark Maske | February 25, 2008; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Martz Out In Detroit, Could Be Headed to S.F.

The Detroit Lions have fired Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator, an NFL source said. The former St. Louis Rams head coach could be headed to San Francisco as the new offensive coordinator of the 49ers. Offensive line coach Jim Colletto is being promoted to offensive coordinator, a source...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Place R. Williams on IR List

The Detroit Lions placed wide receiver Roy Williams on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He'd missed the last two games with a knee injury. Williams finishes the season with 63 catches for 836 yards and five touchdowns. The Lions have lost six straight games after a 6-2...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2007; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Hearing in C. Rogers Bonus Forfeiture Case

The league and players' union waived a scheduled hearing this week in the case of former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers. Instead, the two sides had a conference call Tuesday and submitted briefs. An arbitrator is to determine whether Rogers must return more than $10 million of his...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions' Flaws Being Exposed

The Detroit Lions have been one of the league's pleasant early-season surprises, using a revved-up passing offense to win three of their first four games. But it's becoming increasingly evident that they can't run the ball or protect quarterback Jon Kitna on offense, and they can't stop anyone on...

 

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions' Performance Not Embarrassing to Marinelli, But Maybe It Should Have Been

PHILADELPHIA--The Detroit Lions were exposed here Sunday as a pretender. After beating the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings for a 2-0 start, the Lions had a chance to prove with a victory over the previously winless Eagles--or at least a highly competitive performance--that they're for real. They're not. At...

 

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2007; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (5)

Kitna Calls Return to Game After Suffering Concussion Miraculous

Quarterback Jon Kitna told reporters today it was "a miracle" that he was able to return to the Detroit Lions' triumph over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday after being knocked from the game with a concussion. Kitna left the game in the second quarter and returned in the fourth...

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2007; 07:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Finish Deal With C. Johnson

The Detroit Lions have completed a contract agreement with Calvin Johnson, the wide receiver out of Georgia Tech selected with the second overall choice in the NFL draft in April. The six-year deal contains about $27.5 million in guaranteed money and has a maximum overall value of about $64...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2007; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Deal Between Lions, C. Johnson Could Be At Hand

There are rumblings around the league that the Detroit Lions are closing in on a contract agreement with wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the second player chosen in the NFL draft in April. Talks between agent Bus Cook and Lions officials have intensified in recent days and a deal appears...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Make Modest Progress

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Detroit Lions Players Released: Ross Verba, G Marcus Pollard, TE Marcus Bell, DT Tyoka Jackson, DT Craphonso Thorpe, WR Free Agents Lost: Terrence Holt, S Cory Schlesinger, FB Jon McGraw, S Rick DeMulling, T/G Jamar Fletcher, CB Traded: Dre Bly, CB James Hall, DE Josh McCown,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trade Offers Were Lacking For Lions

The Detroit Lions didn't get the sort of trade offers they were expecting before keeping the second overall choice in the NFL draft Saturday and using it on Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Lions President Matt Millen said on a Detroit radio station this week that he discussed...

 

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Trade J. McCown, M. Williams to Raiders

The Detroit Lions traded quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Mike Williams to the Oakland Raiders for a fourth-round pick. McCown gives the Raiders a veteran option at quarterback. Williams is a former first-round draft choice who had gotten into disfavor with the Lions' coaching staff....

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson Goes Second to Lions

NEW YORK--The Detroit Lions chose Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson with the second pick in the draft. It's the fourth time in five years that the Lions have used a top-10 selection on a wideout, following the choices of Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Mike Williams. Several teams,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Make Additions at Receiver

The Detroit Lions signed free agent wide receivers Marcus Robinson and Cliff Russell. Robinson had 29 catches for the Minnesota Vikings last season. Russell, a former Washington Redskins' draft choice, had two catches for the Miami Dolphins before being released during the season....

 

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Browns, Possibly Lions Joining Dolphins in T. Green Chase

The Cleveland Browns have entered the bidding for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green. Both teams have confirmed publicly that trade talks have taken place. The Chiefs had been dealing mostly with the Miami Dolphins. Green apparently has agreed to a new contract with the Dolphins as a precursor...

 

By Mark Maske | March 30, 2007; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Lions Bolster Offensive Line With Piller, Mulitalo

The Detroit Lions made two veteran additions to their offensive line, agreeing to contracts with free agent guards Zach Piller and Edwin Mulitalo. Piller was released by the Tennessee Titans and Mulitalo was cut by the Baltimore Ravens....

 

By Mark Maske | March 24, 2007; 07:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Fisher to Lions

The Detroit Lions signed cornerback Travis Fisher as a free agent. He was a former starter for the St. Louis Rams but missed the final nine games of this past season because of a broken arm....

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2007; 08:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Receiver S. McDonald Rejoins Martz With Lions

Wide receiver Shaun McDonald left the St. Louis Rams via free agency by agreeing to a two-year, $2.8 million deal with the Detroit Lions that includes $1.5 million in guaranteed money. McDonald had 106 catches in four seasons with the Rams, including a high of 46 in 2005. The...

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2007; 08:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Curtis Choice Near?

Free agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis probably is close to picking a new team now that he's hired Bruce and Ryan Tollner as his agents. Curtis had to wait the required five days after firing Tom Condon. Curtis, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, has drawn interest from the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Stockpiling Runners

The Detroit Lions are giving themselves plenty of options at running back with Kevin Jones possibly sidelined for much or all of next season with a foot injury. Friday's signing of free agent T.J. Duckett means the former Washington Redskins spare part can split time with Tatum Bell if...

 

By Mark Maske | March 10, 2007; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Trade J. Hall to Rams

The Detroit Lions traded defensive end James Hall to the St. Louis Rams. The Lions receive a fifth-round draft choice in return....

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 04:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bly Headed to Denver for T. Bell and Other Considerations

The Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos are working on a trade that would send Lions cornerback Dre Bly to Denver for Broncos tailback Tatum Bell, offensive tackle George Foster and a late-round draft choice. Trades and free agent signings can begin at midnight....

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Cut Verba

The Detroit Lions released veteran offensive lineman Ross Verba. He spent one season with the Lions after being out of the league in 2005....

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Tag Redding as Franchise Deadline Looms

Today is the final day for NFL teams to apply the franchise tag to players. The Detroit Lions put their franchise player tag on defensive tackle Cory Redding on Wednesday. He'll have a salary of $6.775 million next season if he plays under the franchise designation. Redding was the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 22, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions, Rogers Scheduled for May 11 Arbitration

The Detroit Lions and their former wide receiver, Charles Rogers, have been scheduled to appear before an arbitrator on May 11. The Lions are attempting to force Rogers to return $10.1 million of a $14.4 million signing bonus because he violated the NFL's substance abuse policy. The club released...

 

By Mark Maske | February 16, 2007; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions' Bly Has Permission to Seek Trade

The Detroit Lions have granted cornerback Dre Bly and his agent, Kennard McGuire, permission to seek a trade. The former Pro Bowl selection is to count more than $5 million against the Lions' salary cap next season and is ill-suited to the defensive system the team installed last season...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2007; 08:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions on Verge of Re-Signing Furrey

The Detroit Lions are in the final stages of completing a contract extension with wide receiver Mike Furrey, a former safety who led the NFC with 98 catches this season. He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency in March....

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Make Barry Hiring Official

The Detroit Lions, as expected, hired Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach Joe Barry as their defensive coordinator. He replaces the fired Donnie Henderson. Barry worked with Lions Coach Rod Marinelli in Tampa and is Marinelli's son-in-law....

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Marinelli Planning to Hire Son-In-Law as Lions' Defensive Coordinator

According to reports in Detroit and Tampa, the Lions plan to replace ousted defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson with Buccaneers linebackers coach Joe Barry. Barry worked with Lions Coach Rod Marinelli in Tampa when Marinelli was the Buccaneers' defensive line coach. He also is Marinelli's son-in-law. Marinelli tried to hire...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Fire Two Assistants, Another Retires

The Detroit Lions announced that they'd fired defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson and offensive line coach Larry Beightol. Coach Rod Marinelli also announced that special teams coach Chuck Priefer had retired....

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 07:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lions Reportedly Retaining Millen for Seventh Season as Team President

Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford reportedly has decided to retain Matt Millen as team president. Fox-TV-2 in Detroit reported that Millen will remain in that role for a seventh season. The Lions have a record of 24-72 since Millen was hired and went 3-13 this season. They will...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (4)

Lions Assistant Cullen Fined, Suspended for One Game

The NFL suspended Detroit Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen for one game and fined him $20,000 for conduct detrimental to the league. Cullen was arrested twice during the preseason, once for drunk driving and once for driving nude. He admitted he had a drinking problem and has sought...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Jones's Availability for Next Season in Doubt As Well

The Detroit Lions placed tailback Kevin Jones on the injured reserve list. Not only is Jones's 2006 season over, but there also are concerns about his availability for the 2007 season. He reportedly has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc fracture, a serious midfoot injury that involves ligament damage and...

 

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Jones Probably Done for Season

The Detroit Lions probably will be without tailback Kevin Jones for the rest of the season. He suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings....

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 09:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Place S. Rogers on IR

The Detroit Lions placed defensive tackle Shaun Rogers on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He underwent knee surgery while serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for taking a banned substance....

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Lions' Tucker to IR

The Detroit Lions placed right tackle Rex Tucker on the injured reserve list. He'd missed five of the Lions' 11 games because of a knee injury....

 

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Are Not Only Bad, But Also Beat Up

The lowly Detroit Lions won't have defensive tackle Shaun Rogers back for their Thanksgiving game against the Miami Dolphins. Rogers has returned from a four-game suspension imposed by the NFL for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. But he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery while serving the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (2)

Lions Place Two on IR

The Detroit Lions placed defensive end James Hall and running back Brian Calhoun on the injured reserve list. Hall has a shoulder injury and Calhoun has a shoulder injury. The Lions signed defensive end Corey Smith and running back Aveion Cason....

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Millen Criticized Mariucci in Press-Box Rant Before Firing Him?

Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora told Detroit-area reporters during a conference call Wednesday that after his team beat the Lions on Thanksgiving last year, he was told that Lions executive Matt Millen had been highly critical of his coach, Steve Mariucci, in the press box during the game. Millen...

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (4)

Lions Release Hakim

The Detroit Lions released wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim. He had 17 catches in six games for the Lions this season....

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions DT Rogers Reportedly Suspended

The league reportedly suspended Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers for four games for testing positive for a banned substance that was in a weight-loss product....

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 09:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Place Starting Guard Woody on IR List

The Detroit Lions placed right guard Damien Woody on the injured reserve list today because of a sprained foot, ending his season. The winless Lions probably will be without three starters on their offensive line this week, with left guard Ross Verba and right tackle Rex Tucker also hurting....

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 08:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Marinelli, Martz In Test of Wills With M. Williams

The Detroit Lions' first-year coach, Rod Marinelli, and his offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, are having a test of wills with second-year wide receiver Mike Williams, a first-round draft selection last year. Williams has been inactive for each of the Lions' first two games this season after being fined for...

 

By Mark Maske | September 22, 2006; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (3)

Sims, Dockett Fined for Week 1 Hits

Detroit Lions rookie linebacker Ernie Sims was fined $7,500 for a Week 1 hit on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Sims drove his helmet into Hasselbeck after the quarterback slid to protect himself at the end of a run. Ray Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of football operations,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2006; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fine Seems Likely for Lions Rookie LB Sims

Detroit Lions rookie linebacker Ernie Sims probably should expect to be fined for his hit on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in Sims's first NFL game last Sunday. Ray Anderson, the league's senior vice president of football operations, said in a written statement released today that the play was...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 08:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

WR Moves: Lions Sign Hakim, Vikings Negotiating With Q. Morgan, Dolphins Look at C. Rogers

The Detroit Lions signed veteran wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim on Tuesday. Hakim spent three seasons with the Lions between 2002 and 2004. He also is reuniting with his former coach in St. Louis, first-year Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz. There could be more wide receiver moves about to happen...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Marinelli Reportedly Will Suspend Lions Assistant From Opener

According to reports in several Detroit-area newspapers, Lions Coach Rod Marinelli plans to suspend defensive line coach Joe Cullen for Sunday's opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Cullen reportedly was arrested twice in recent weeks, once on suspicion of drunk driving and once because he inexplicably was driving nude. He...

 

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2006; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Assistant Reportedly Arrested Twice

Detroit Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen reportedly was arrested twice in the past two weeks, once for suspected drunk driving and once for allegedly driving while nude. Cullen was ticketed on Aug. 24 for suspicion of indecent and obscene conduct, with no explanation given as to why he...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Rogers, M. Williams on Roster Bubble in Detroit

The final roster cuts for NFL teams are looming this weekend, and wide receivers Charles Rogers and Mike Williams could be in some trouble in Detroit. The two former first-round draft picks don't seem to have impressed new Lions coach Rod Marinelli or offensive coordinator Mike Martz, and there...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2006; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (8)

 

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