Player News - Lions

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Lions WR T.J. Jones said he is as "normal" as possible after missing 2014 with nerve damage.

Complications from a shoulder injury caused nerve damage which limited the feeling in Jones' hands. The issue cost Jones his entire rookie season and limited him early last season, but he started to feel more normal as the year progressed. With Calvin Johnson looking likely to retire, the 2014 sixth-rounder has a shot to earn a bigger role next season.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 11:06 AM

Golden Tate said Calvin Johnson's "body just isn't holding up."

"When the rumors came out he was going to leave Detroit...I thought it might have been a money thing, or his contract was up, is what I initially thought. Because he showed up to work as the same Calvin that we've always known," Tate said. "But his body just isn't holding up." The Lions have reportedly had concerns about Johnson's ankles for several seasons. He missed three games and was limited in others with a high-ankle sprain in 2014, and his practice time was scaled back because of ankle issues last season. Dealing with real health concerns, it is not surprising Johnson is seriously considering retirement.
Source: MLive.com
Feb 8 - 1:07 PM

Lions president Rod Wood is hoping to introduce Calvin Johnson to GM Bob Quinn sometime next week.

Wood said he's kept in touch with Johnson, exchanging texts as recently as Wednesday. Johnson hasn't officially announced his retirement yet and the Lions are hoping a sit-down with Quinn will help him change his mind. If Megatron does return in 2016, the Lions will likely have to re-work his contract.
Feb 5 - 4:10 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions informed coaching candidates during their 2014 search of "concerns doctors had for [Calvin] Johnson's longevity and the condition of his ankles."

This means the Lions have known any season could be Johnson's last for at least the last two years, and yet they still failed to adequately address the position in the last two drafts, which were two of the best receiver classes in recent memory. Dealing with real health concerns, all indications are Johnson is serious about retirement. He just turned 30 in September.
Source: ESPN
Feb 4 - 8:49 AM

Future Hall of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez said he believes Eric Ebron "needs to turn his routine around."

"From a talent perspective, he could be one of the best tight ends in the league," Gonzalez said. "I don’t know who’s teaching him out there. I don’t know what his coach is telling him, but obviously, I would think that he needs to turn his routine around. If he could figure out a routine that would help him get to where he should be, then he’ll be on his way. But a lot of guys don’t do that; they don’t figure it out." If Calvin Johnson retires, which seems to be the case at the moment, the Lions are going to be looking for a serious third-year leap from Ebron. He needs to cut out the mental mistakes and the drops to ascend to that next level. The Lions hired ex-Miami coach Al Golden as TEs coach on Monday.
Feb 1 - 6:59 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions' "goal" is to retain Calvin Johnson with a Larry Fitzgerald-esque extension.

That's after they convince him to keep playing. Johnson has yet to publicly announce his intentions, but multiple reports suggest he's serious about retiring. If he changes his mind, the Lions apparently won't be paying him his $15.95 million salary, which comes with a monumental $24 million cap number. Fitzgerald agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal under similar circumstances last offseason.
Feb 1 - 5:16 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Calvin Johnson has already called Lions ownership to "thank them for everything."

In other words, he's saying his goodbyes. The league and the media that covers it seem to be having a hard time believing that Johnson, who doesn't turn 31 until September, is actually retiring, but all his actions suggest he's deadly serious. Unfortunately, it's looking like we've seen Megatron play his last snap.
Feb 1 - 5:13 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Calvin Johnson told Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he plans to retire.

Megatron informed Caldwell of his retirement decision "the day after the regular season ended." Per Schefter, Johnson had told friends and family he planned to make 2015 his final NFL year before the season began. The Lions reportedly "haven't given up hope" that Johnson will change his mind, but a "person close to him" says Johnson is "pretty content" with his decision. Johnson turned 30 years old in September. He has the entire offseason to reconsider -- with a $16 million salary hanging in the balance -- but there seems to be no question Megatron is serious about retirement at this point in time.
Jan 31 - 5:14 PM

New Lions GM Bob Quinn said he'll look at contract extensions on a "case-by-case" basis.

"We’ve got some good young players on this team, so when the time’s right and we feel it’s the best decision for the Lions, we’ll come to that decision," said Quinn. "I'm not going to make any comments about if we’re going to extend guys two or three or one year out because everybody’s different." Ziggy Ansah, Sam Martin, Theo Riddick and Darius Slay are all entering the last year of their rookie contracts. Slay recently hired power agent Drew Rosenhaus, which suggests he's ready to negotiate an extension. Among cornerbacks, only Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu earned a higher grade from Pro Football Focus in 2015.
Jan 31 - 10:06 AM

Calvin Johnson's agent says there's no timetable for Johnson's retirement decision.

Johnson said he expected to reach a decision in the "not-too-distant future" earlier this month, but that no longer appears likely. Megatron is a superstar wrestling with the biggest decision of his career, so the Lions are unlikely to push the matter before the start of free agency. We wouldn't expect a Brett Favre-style waffle into the summer.
Jan 26 - 2:08 PM

Joique Bell says he's as healthy as he's been in four years.

Bell underwent three minor surgeries last winter, and never seemed 100 percent during the regular season. Going on 30, Bell averaged just 3.45 yards on his 90 2015 carries. Despite his apparent good health, Bell's roster spot is on extremely thin ice. The Lions could save $2.5 million by cutting him loose. With Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner both returning, we'd expect that's what they will do.
Jan 25 - 2:10 PM

Lions DT Caraun Reid underwent minor ankle surgery after the season.

A high-ankle sprain suffered last August hampered Reid the rest of the season. This surgery was likely to clean up any lingering issues from that injury. Reid is expected back long before training camp. 24-year-old Reid finished his second NFL season with 29 tackles and two sacks as a 12-game starter. He would be better utilized as the Lions' No. 3 or 4 tackle in 2016.
Jan 23 - 1:38 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein reports MLB Stephen Tulloch is a "potential cap cut."

After tearing his ACL celebrating a sack three games into 2014, Tulloch was a part-time player last season, logging just 69% of the defensive snaps. With the same coaching staff returning, it would not be surprising if the Lions decided to move on. Tulloch is owed $6 million in salary and bonuses and will count $7.3 million against the cap in the final year of his deal.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 12:08 PM

Impending free agent DT Haloti Ngata said he would "love to stay" with the Lions.

"I love what coach [Jim] Caldwell has done here. I love playing under him and coach Kris [Kocurek]," Ngata said. "I feel like I got in a groove at the end of the season and hopefully I can play a full season understanding the system." Ngata added his agent and new GM Bob Quinn will open talks once Quinn returns from the Senior Bowl. Ngata recorded 25 tackles and 2.5 sacks over 14 games in his first season with the Lions.
Jan 23 - 9:56 AM

The Lions could move on from TE Brandon Pettigrew this offseason.

Pettigrew had December ACL surgery and is due $3.65 million. He’s unlikely to be back given Detroit’s cap situation. Releasing Pettigrew would create more snaps for Eric Ebron.
Source: MLive.com
Jan 22 - 8:08 PM


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