Detroit Lions News and Rumors

  • Report: Jim Schwartz to consult with NFL officials in 2015

    Report: Jim Schwartz to consult with NFL officials in 2015

    profootballtalk.com Updated 7 hours ago
    Former Lions head coach and Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz didn’t land a job on a coaching staff for the 2015 season and said that he’d reached a point in his career where he “can be selective about opportunities.” Schwartz also said that he w…
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  • Rashean Mathis thinks Lions’ defense can be better this year

    Rashean Mathis thinks Lions’ defense can be better this year

    profootballtalk.com 8 hours ago
    Can the Lions’ defense get better despite the loss of its best player, Ndamukong Suh? Cornerback Rashean Mathis thinks so. “That’s definitely the plan,” Mathis told the Detroit Free Press. “Anything other than that wouldn’t be us. It wouldn’t be what we…
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  • Lions' Ziggy Ansah helps kids go to a Detroit Tigers game

    Lions' Ziggy Ansah helps kids go to a Detroit Tigers game

    ESPN.com May 16
    Lions' Ziggy Ansah helps kids go to a Detroit Tigers game
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  • Stafford says Lions’ line is better than before, “like night an…

    Stafford says Lions’ line is better than before, “like night and day”

    The Lions added three offensive linemen during the NFL draft, and Matthew Stafford couldn’t be happier. After Detroit used its first-round pick on guard Laken Tomlinson, acquired guard Manny Ramirez in a trade with the Broncos and then spent its seventh…
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  • Lions add some defensive line depth with Corey Wootton

    Lions add some defensive line depth with Corey Wootton

    The Lions added some experience to their defensive line Thursday, with a guy who has plenty of NFC North experience. According to his agent, free agent defensive end Corey Wootton is joining the Lions on a one-year deal. Wootton spent last year with the…
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  • Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch healthy and ready to p…

    Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch healthy and ready to play

    ESPN.com May 13
    Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch healthy and ready to play
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  • Ameer Abdullah signs with Lions

    Ameer Abdullah signs with Lions

    The Lions are down to one unsigned pick. The team announced Wednesday that second-round pick Ameer Abdullah has signed his four-year rookie deal with the club. That leaves only first-round guard Laken Tomlinson to sign before the Lions have the entire c…
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  • Lions sign Chris Owens, Greg Salas

    Lions sign Chris Owens, Greg Salas

    The Lions restructured safety Glover Quin’s contract to give them a bit more room under the salary cap and they’ve used some of that money to add a pair of veterans to the roster. Detroit announced Wednesday that they have signed cornerback Chris Owens …
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  • Lions players consider Patriots controversy a big deal for NFL

    Lions players consider Patriots controversy a big deal for NFL

    ESPN.com May 13
    Lions players consider Patriots controversy a big deal for NFL
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  • Lions restructure Glover Quin’s deal

    Lions restructure Glover Quin’s deal

    Last year, the Lions converted most of safety Glover Quin’s base salary into a signing bonus in order to create some immediate space under the salary cap. It seems they were pleased with the results because they’ve done it again this year. Dave Birkett …
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  • Matthew Stafford happy with Lions signing Lance Moore

    Matthew Stafford happy with Lions signing Lance Moore

    Matthew Stafford happy with Lions signing Lance Moore
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  • Lions' Levy: Wing-walking 'pinnacle of excitement'

    Lions' Levy: Wing-walking 'pinnacle of excitement'

    ESPN.com May 12
    Lions' Levy: Wing-walking 'pinnacle of excitement'
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  • Football Outsiders has Detroit Lions with under-.500 2015 recor…

    Football Outsiders has Detroit Lions with under-.500 2015 record

    ESPN.com May 12
    Football Outsiders has Detroit Lions with under-.500 2015 record
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  • Five thoughts wrapping up 2015 Detroit Lions rookie minicamp

    Five thoughts wrapping up 2015 Detroit Lions rookie minicamp

    ESPN.com May 10
    Five thoughts wrapping up 2015 Detroit Lions rookie minicamp
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  • Strong ties brought Duke QB Anthony Boone to Detroit Lions

    Strong ties brought Duke QB Anthony Boone to Detroit Lions

    ESPN.com May 10
    Strong ties brought Duke QB Anthony Boone to Detroit Lions
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  • Gabe Wright believes he's is in good spot as defensive tackle w…

    Gabe Wright believes he's is in good spot as defensive tackle with Lions

    ESPN.com May 9
    Gabe Wright believes he's is in good spot as defensive tackle with Lions
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  • Caldwell wants Ihedigbo to show up “pronto”

    Caldwell wants Ihedigbo to show up “pronto”

    Voluntary workouts are supposed to be voluntary, and coaches aren’t supposed to say or do anything to suggest they aren’t. At one point, many coaches ignored that. And then it changed, most noticeably in the wake of the current labor deal. On Friday, Li…
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  • Laken Tomlinson doesn't pay up, so Lions' No. 77 remains Cornel…

    Laken Tomlinson doesn't pay up, so Lions' No. 77 remains Cornelius Lucas

    ESPN.com May 9
    Laken Tomlinson doesn't pay up, so Lions' No. 77 remains Cornelius Lucas
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  • Lions' Ameer Abdullah gets immediate look as punt returner

    Lions' Ameer Abdullah gets immediate look as punt returner

    ESPN.com May 8
    Lions' Ameer Abdullah gets immediate look as punt returner
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  • Jets make a flurry of moves as they open rookie minicamp

    Jets make a flurry of moves as they open rookie minicamp

    The Jets kicked off their rookie minicamp on Friday and they also said goodbye to a veteran tackle. The team announced that Corey Hilliard has retired. Hilliard, who signed with the Jets as a free agent in March, played in 47 games with the Lions and Co…
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  • Lions sign 12 undrafted free agents

    Lions sign 12 undrafted free agents

    The Lions added offensive players with four of their seven draft picks and they continued to address that side of the ball with their undrafted rookie additions. The team announced their crop of free agent signings and eight of the 12 players in the gro…
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  • Lions sign 5-of-7 draft picks

    Lions sign 5-of-7 draft picks

    At this rate, all the rookie deals around the NFL might be done by the time the horses load in the gate for the Preakness next Saturday in Baltimore. The Lions have finalized contracts with five of their seven draft picks, the club said Thursday night o…
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  • Ameer Abdullah: I’m an every-down back

    Ameer Abdullah: I’m an every-down back

    The Lions came into the draft with designs on improving their running game and followed through on them by drafting guard Laken Tomlinson in the first round and running back Ameer Abdullah in the second. Tomlinson has a clear path to a starting job from…
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  • NFC North roundtable: Vikings had best draft, Lions the worst

    NFC North roundtable: Vikings had best draft, Lions the worst

    ESPN.com May 7
    NFC North roundtable: Vikings had best draft, Lions the worst
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  • How Lions guard Laken Tomlinson grew into a first-round pick

    How Lions guard Laken Tomlinson grew into a first-round pick

    ESPN.com May 6
    How Lions guard Laken Tomlinson grew into a first-round pick
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  • Martin Mayhew explains some of the Detroit Lions draft approach

    Martin Mayhew explains some of the Detroit Lions draft approach

    ESPN.com May 6
    Martin Mayhew explains some of the Detroit Lions draft approach
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  • Titus Young sentenced to five years probation, inpatient treatm…

    Titus Young sentenced to five years probation, inpatient treatment

    Former Lions wide receiver Titus Young pleaded no contest to a felony battery charge last month, which opened up the possibility of three years in jail for someone who has spent the last few years in and out of custody. Young was sentenced on Tuesday an…
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  • Character a clear component for Lions in NFL draft process

    Character a clear component for Lions in NFL draft process

    ESPN.com May 4
    Character a clear component for Lions in NFL draft process
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  • Lions “don’t know” if Travis Swanson will start at center

    Lions “don’t know” if Travis Swanson will start at center

    Coming into the draft, the interior of the offensive line was often mentioned as an area the Lions needed to address and the evaluation was spot on based on what the team did over the last three days. They drafted guard Laken Tomlinson in the first roun…
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  • Video - Bush looking forward to 'fresh start' with 49ers 01:48

    Bush looking forward to 'fresh start' with 49ers

    May 21
    ESPN 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez discusses running back Reggie Bush's desire to contribute in San Francisco, which was evident when he fielded punts during OTAs -- something he hasn't done in a game since 2011.
  • Video - Lions' backup receivers ready to compete for jobs 01:40

    Lions' backup receivers ready to compete for jobs

    May 16
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says the addition of Lance Moore and Greg Salas means there will be plenty of competition to back up Detroit's pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers.
  • Video - Dolphins cleared of Suh-related tampering 03:08

    Dolphins cleared of Suh-related tampering

    May 13
    Jarrett Bell discusses why the NFL cleared the Miami Dolphins of tampering in their pursuit of free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
  • Video - Lions sign WR Lance Moore 02:03

    Lions sign WR Lance Moore

    May 12
    Ryan Clark discusses how wide receiver Lance Moore, who just signed a one-year deal with Detroit, will be able to contribute to the Lions' offense.

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    May 20
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    May 19
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