Player News - Lions

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Theo Riddick underwent surgery on both of his wrists after the season.

The injuries cost Riddick the final four games of last season. He is expected to be a full participant at OTAs. While roles throughout the rest of Detroit's backfield remain in flux and could be affected by the draft, Riddick should be locked in as the team's passing-down specialist. Under OC Jim Bob Cooter, the Lions have embraced a quick-pass offense that suits Riddick's skill set. He will again be a worthwhile mid-round investment in 2017 PPR drafts.
Mar 26 - 2:53 PM

Lions re-signed DE Armonty Bryant to a one-year, $855,000 contract.

It's a minimum-salary benefit deal. A situational pass rusher, Bryant served two suspensions last season, one for violating the PED policy, the other for violating the substance-abuse policy. Then he finished the year on injured reserve. Nevertheless, he tallied three sacks in five games. Still only 27 (in May), Bryant has the inside track to a 53-man roster spot.
Mar 21 - 4:45 PM

Lions signed DT Jordan Hill, formerly of the Jaguars.

A third-round pick by the Seahawks in 2013, Seattle cut Hill last September and he then latched on with the Jaguars late in the season to play 42 snaps. Hill will be brought in as a camp body trying to earn a backup job.
Mar 20 - 10:38 AM

Paul Worrilow's new deal with the Lions is a one-year, $3-million contract.

Almost all of that is guaranteed, and he can earn another $1 million in play-time incentives. The contract suggests the Lions plan for Worrilow to at the very least compete for a starting job, and they are likely projecting him to win one. Detroit's linebacking corps was among the worst in the league last year, and they ended up cutting DeAndre Levy before free agency. Even if Worrilow nabs a starting job, they need more help.
Mar 14 - 9:37 AM

Lions signed RG T.J. Lang to a three-year, $28.5 million contract with $19 million guaranteed.

It's a risky signing with Lang entering his age-30 season and coming off foot and hip surgeries, but also a big one for Detroit. Lang is an upgrade on outgoing RG Larry Warford as both a run and pass blocker, and strips the rival Packers of arguably their best offensive lineman. Lang has experience at both guard positions and right tackle. He will likely play right guard with the Lions.
Mar 12 - 1:22 PM

Free agent OG T.J. Lang has narrowed his free agent choices down to the Lions, Packers and Seahawks.

Lang has visited all three teams and plans to make his decision on Sunday. The 29-year-old has spent his last eight seasons with Green Bay but could be tempted to join his hometown team in Detroit. Lang has also been impressed by the Seahawks, who have been pushing hard for him since the start of free agency. Lang would be a big get for any of these three teams after grading out as PFF's No. 13 guard out of 77 qualifiers last season.
Mar 12 - 12:05 PM

Lions signed WR/PR Keshawn Martin.

Martin appeared in one game for the 49ers last season, returning two kicks for 37 yards. The receiver-needy Lions have also kicked the tires on Corey Brown and Andre Holmes. Martin isn't a lock for the 53-man roster.
Mar 11 - 3:39 PM

Lions signed TE Darren Fells, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Fells was non-tendered by the Cardinals as a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-7, 281-pound onetime basketball player doesn't offer much as a receiver (14 catches last season) but can hold his own as a blocker. It's unclear if signing Fells takes the Lions out of the mix for Jared Cook, who had also been on their radar. Eric Ebron is still locked in as Detroit's receiving tight end.
Mar 11 - 1:04 PM

Lions signed CB D.J. Hayden, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

He can earn up to $5.25 million. The 12th overall pick of the 2013 draft, Hayden was one of many first-round busts that year. Many experts had Hayden pegged as the best corner in that draft, but he's had a far worse start to his career than the three corners -- Desmond Trufant, Xavier Rhodes, Darius Slay -- drafted directly after him. Hayden couldn't cut it on the outside in Oakland, so the Raiders tried him in the slot. He was somewhat serviceable there, but no better than league average. Maybe DC Teryl Austin can get more out of Hayden. He's still just 27 (in June). It's not a bad flier.
Mar 10 - 8:39 AM

Jordan Schultz of The Huffington Post reports the Seahawks are "working diligently" to sign free agent OG T.J. Lang.

Lang is reportedly scheduled to visit Seattle on Friday, and Schultz says he is Seattle's "top priority." It makes sense considering how terrible their offensive line was last season and the rapidly diminishing offensive guard market. Lang is Rotoworld's top remaining interior lineman.
Mar 9 - 7:48 PM

Lions signed DE Cornelius Washington, formerly of the Bears, to a two-year, $6 million contract.

He can earn up to $8 million if all his incentives are reached. Washington showed some pass-rushing chops by recording two sacks last year but was a liability against the run. He'll compete for a backup role in Detroit.
Mar 9 - 4:53 PM

Lions agreed to terms with DT Akeem Spence, formerly of the Bucs, on a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

A space eater, Spence had an injury-plagued 2015 before an ineffective 2016. He's a big body who's still relatively young (25). That's about it.
Mar 9 - 4:49 PM

Free agent OG T.J. Lang will visit the Lions and Seahawks.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Packers remain in the mix. Lang is the top unsigned interior lineman.
Mar 9 - 4:20 PM

Lions extended an original-round tender to restricted free agent OT Cornelius Lucas.

That tender is worth $1.797 million. Lucas logged just 41 regular season snaps in 2016, though he did start Detroit's playoff loss to Seattle. He'll return as a backup tackle for starters Taylor Decker and newly-signed Rick Wagner.
Mar 9 - 10:17 AM

Lions signed ILB Paul Worrilow to a one-year contract.

Worrilow spent 2016 backing up Falcons MLB Deion Jones. A starter his first three years in this league, Worrilow put up big tackle stats but was brutally ineffective in run defense and coverage. He's best used as a fourth linebacker.
Mar 8 - 6:37 PM

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