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Julian Peterson | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/28/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 240
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (16) / SF
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Lions released SLB Julian Peterson.
The Lions informed Peterson two months ago that his release was coming, but they wanted to ensure that he was fully healthy before filing the paperwork. The 32-year-old was due $16.5 million over the next two years. He won't earn half that much for his next team. Thu, Mar 3, 2011 05:24:00 PM

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Under league rules, the Lions can officially release SLB Julian Peterson today.

The Lions have already told Peterson that he won't be back, killing any thoughts of a potential trade. With two years and $16.5 million left on his contract, no one would trade for Peterson anyway. Once a new CBA is reached, Peterson will find out just how severe his pay cut will be on the open market.
Source: MLive.com
Mon, Feb 7, 2011 11:25:00 AM

The Lions have informed SLB Julian Peterson that he will be released.

It won't become official for another few weeks per league policy, but the Lions will shed Peterson's $8 million 2011 salary and move on. Detroit is looking at yet another overhaul of its linebacker corps, with WLB Zach Follett coming off an injury-shortened year and MLB DeAndre Levy lacking durability.
Wed, Jan 5, 2011 05:42:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was predictably noncommittal when asked about SLB Julian Peterson's future in Detroit Monday.

Peterson, 32, was benched in the season finale and finished the year with one sack -- a career low. Due a whopping $8 million in 2011 base pay, there's no better bet across the league to be an offseason salary casualty.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 01:04:00 PM

Julian Peterson was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Vikings, and beat writer Tom Kowalski believes the strong-side linebacker won't be back in Detroit next season.

Peterson's career in Detroit will apparently last just two disappointing seasons, as he's scheduled to earn $8 million next year. According to Kowalski, the Lions' coaching staff has been frustrated with Peterson's level of play, and he didn't help himself by missing a team meeting on Saturday. He had 83 tackles, five pass breakups and one sack in 15 games. Now 32, Peterson will have to take a major pay cut on the open market. Ashlee Palmer in his place today.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Jan 2, 2011 12:50:00 PM

Lions SLB Julian Peterson revealed Wednesday that he was benched for the final two Eagles drives in Detroit's Week 2 loss.

He was burned for on a 28-yard touchdown fade to Matt Forte in Week 1, and lost contain on LeSean McCoy's 46-yard TD run last Sunday. Through two games, Peterson has eight tackles, a pass breakup, and a fumble recovery.
Source: MLive.com
Wed, Sep 22, 2010 02:53:00 PM

The Lions have scrapped their plans to use SLB Julian Peterson as a third-down blitzer, instead opting to have him focus on coverage.

The team is betting that an improved front four of Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Cliff Avril will handle the pass-rushing load. Peterson was one of Detroit's best blitzers last year, racking up five sacks, though his athleticism is hard to find in a strong-side linebacker.
Thu, Sep 2, 2010 02:08:00 PM

The Lions plan to use SLB Julian Peterson all over the field as a blitzing pass rusher this year.

Peterson spent too much time with his hand in the dirt last year thanks to a lack of pass rushing up front. He should have more favorable matchups this year, taking on tight ends and chipping tail backs instead of offensive tackles.
Source: MLive.com
Thu, May 20, 2010 03:13:00 PM

Beat writer Tom Kowalski says all indications are that Julian Peterson will not take a pay cut if he is asked.

The Lions likely haven't decided what to do yet with Peterson, who is set to earn $7.5 million in 2010. If they end up releasing Peterson, they could leave Larry Foote in the middle and shift impressive youngster DeAndre Levy outside. Peterson would become a hot commodity on the open market.
Source: MLive.com
Wed, Feb 17, 2010 10:39:00 AM

Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski hints that SLB Julian Peterson may have to take a pay cut to stay with the team in 2010.

Peterson posted strong numbers in 2009 (75 tackles, 4.5 sacks 5 fumbles forced), but turns 32 before the season and is due a $7.5 million salary. He'll draw plenty of interest if he refuses the cut and is released in February.
Source: MLive.com
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 09:37:00 AM

Lions SLB Julian Peterson has zero sacks so far this season.

Peterson, a five-time Pro Bowler with 24 1/2 sacks in his last three seasons, is still figuring out his role in Detroit's defense. He saw extensive action as a down lineman for the first time Sunday against the Bears, but he'll keep juggling the two jobs. Peterson has 13 total tackles and two passes defensed on the season.
Thu, Oct 8, 2009 11:35:00 AM

The Lions have finally confirmed that they will run a 4-3 defense under new coordinator Gunther Cunningham.

Cunningham and coach Jim Schwartz have been tight-lipped about their plans, but they both come from mostly 4-3 backgrounds. The coaches may experiment with other alignments to take advantage of the versatility of Julian Peterson, rookie safety Louis Delmas, and rising pass rusher Cliff Avril.
Source: MLive.com
Wed, Jul 22, 2009 11:12:00 AM

Lions SLB Julian Peterson will drop down to a pass-rushing defensive end position on obvious passing downs.

Peterson, a Pro Bowler in each of the last three seasons, is clearly a huge upgrade for the Lions at strong-side linebacker. He'll be asked to do everything from blitzing to stopping the run, and even covering "hot" receivers.
Source: MLive.com
Sat, Jul 18, 2009 09:50:00 AM

Lions acquired LB Julian Peterson from the Seahawks for DT Cory Redding. Seattle will receive a fifth-round pick in the deal.

Redding is expected to restructure his original seven-year, $49 million deal as part of the agreement. Peterson, 30, returns home to Michigan after refusing to take a pay cut in Seattle. He'll provide a versatile partner for Ernie Sims on Jim Schwartz's defense. The Lions are now set to draft a quarterback or offensive tackle with the No. 1 overall pick.
Sat, Mar 14, 2009 01:25:00 PM

KJRM in Seattle reported Friday that the Seahawks will soon release linebacker Julian Peterson.

Peterson has reportedly declined a decrease in salary. He is due $6.5 million this year, and is signed through 2012. If released, the seven-year, $54 million deal Peterson signed would amount to a three-year, $23 million deal. Peterson is in decline, but his versatile skill set will be attractive on the open market.
Sat, Mar 14, 2009 10:19:00 AM

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