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John Wendling | Defensive Back | #29

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 222
College: Wyoming
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 6 (184) / BUF
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Lions S John Wendling was benched during Sunday night's loss to the 49ers.
Wendling started in place of Louis Delmas (knee). He was so bad in coverage that the Lions eventually brought Amari Spievey in. "When we blitzed, we knew they would throw to the tight end," coach Jim Schwartz said. "[Wendling] was isolated, but we have to be able to blitz." Vernon Davis finished with five catches, 73 yards and two touchdowns. Mon, Sep 17, 2012 10:31:00 AM

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Lions agreed to terms with S John Wendling on a three-year, $2.75 million contract.

Wendling doesn't play much defense, but the Lions place a high value on his special teams coverage ability. The 28-year-old will return to the same role in 2011.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 05:28:00 PM

The Lions did extend a restricted tender to free agent S John Wendling before the lockout began.

Wendling, 28, racked up an impressive 19 special teams tackles last year to "earn" an original pick tender. He has four accrued seasons, so details of Wendling's free agent status will be determined by the CBA or lack thereof.
Tue, May 24, 2011 07:48:00 PM

The player rep for free agent S John Wendling expects his client to hit the open market once a CBA is struck.

Agent Ken Zuckerman hasn't heard from the Lions in a month. Wendling, a sixth-round pick in the 2007 draft, has developed only into a special teams player.
Fri, Feb 18, 2011 04:59:00 PM

Lions signed S John Wendling.

Wendling spent the offseason rehabbing a knee injury after contributing on special teams with the Bills for three years. If healthy, he could work his way into a similar role in Detroit.
Fri, Aug 27, 2010 12:33:00 PM

Bills released S John Wendling.

The athletic Wendling rarely saw time on defense, but he was considered one of the team's best special teamers. New special teams coach Bruce DeHaven is losing three of his best players.
Tue, Feb 16, 2010 06:03:00 PM

Bills signed sixth-round S John Wendling to a multi-year contract.

Wendling has nearly all the athletic tools but is considered too stiff in the hips. He'll likely make the team, but will see most of his work as a backup strong safety to Donte Whitner and in kickoff coverage initially.
Tue, Jul 24, 2007 05:33:00 PM

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