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Lions GM Martin Mayhew praised CB Darius Slay's improvement in his sophomore season.

"This is a guy who came in highly drafted, struggled some as a rookie, showed some flashes of what he could do, but didn’t do it all consistently," Mayhew said. "He took it upon himself to say, ‘hey, I’m going to be a better player than that’ and he found a way to get that done." After getting torched in limited playing time as a rookie, Slay played 1,039 snaps and graded out as a top-20 corner according to Pro Football Focus last season. With veteran Rashean Mathis likely returning for one more run, Detroit's secondary should continue to be a solid unit.
Feb 28 - 8:57 AM

Lions re-signed LS Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract.

33-year-old Muhlbach has been the Lions' deep snapper since 2004.
Feb 27 - 4:03 PM

Lions signed DE/OLB Phillip Hunt.

Hunt made a name for himself in Canada by leading the CFL in sacks in 2010. That led to a two-year stint with the Eagles and an invite to Colts' training camp last offseason. Even if he makes the Lions' final roster, Hunt probably won't see much playing time next season.
Feb 27 - 10:41 AM

Theo Riddick is expected to have the first shot at taking the snaps vacated by Reggie Bush.

The Lions only saved $1.7M by cutting Bush, but it was an easy decision because they know Riddick is capable of filling that "passing back" role. Despite touching the ball just 54 times in 2014, he produced 367 yards and four touchdowns while jumping off the screen in space. Per PFF, Riddick caught 2.45 yards per route run last season, best of any back in the league. Joique Bell is going to handle all the inside running work, but Riddick is going to be a PPR asset for fantasy owners.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 26 - 9:17 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects the Jaguars to "make a very strong play" for free agent Ndamukong Suh.

The Jaguars are sitting on a pile of cash, and owner Shad Khan is ready to open the wallet. They've been linked to a ton of big-name free agents thus far, including Randall Cobb and Julius Thomas. Suh would be the centerpiece of coach Gus Bradley's aggressive, attacking defense. One hurdle would be convincing Suh to be part of another rebuild. He'll break the bank wherever he signs.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 25 - 2:31 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew has not approached Calvin Johnson about restructuring his deal.

Johnson is scheduled for a $20.55 million cap hit in 2015. The Lions could restructure that to free up space for Ndamukong Suh, but Mayhew doesn't seem open to that idea. Johnson is a franchise cornerstone and deserves to be paid like one. The same could be said of Suh as he approaches free agency.
Feb 24 - 1:02 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew would "love" to bring back free agent CB Rashean Mathis.

Mathis remains effective at age 34, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 12 cornerback last season. The two sides seem destined to reach a deal as Mathis has already expressed his desire to stay in Detroit.
Feb 23 - 1:49 PM

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch (ACL) is expected to participate in some spring workouts.

Tulloch's rehab off the Week 3 tear is reportedly ahead of schedule, as evidenced by some workout videos that can be accessed through the link below. He should be ready to rock as the Lions' starting middle linebacker in 2015.
Feb 23 - 10:51 AM

The Lions met with the player rep for free agent DT Nick Fairley at the Combine and came away believing the discussion was "very positive."

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Lions "expressed interest" in keeping Fairley. It's fair to wonder if retaining Fairley might cost Detroit free agent Ndamukong Suh. It's also fair to wonder if meeting Fairley's price tag would be a more sound financial investment than breaking the bank for Suh.
Feb 22 - 6:40 PM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports the Lions have opened contract talks with free agent QB Dan Orlovsky.

The Lions don't currently have a quarterback behind Matthew Stafford after they didn't tender Kellen Moore. Orlovsky, 31, is a below-average backup that hasn't appeared in a game since 2012. He should only require a minimum deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 4:35 PM

The Lions met with free agent DT Nick Fairley's player rep at the Combine.

Fairley could be a fallback option if the Lions fail to re-sign Ndamukong Suh, but remains a long shot to return in Detroit. Fairley is Rotoworld's No. 2 free-agent defensive lineman.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 4:12 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said OT Riley Reiff is not "locked in" at left tackle.

"We’ll see how the offseason goes," Mayhew said. "I wouldn’t say he’s locked in at left, he could probably play right, too." Reiff has held his own at left tackle the last two seasons, but he fared much better at right tackle in 2012. Detroit could turn to in-house options Cornelius Lucas or LaAdrian Waddle at left tackle, or try to upgrade in free agency or the draft. No matter what happens, Reiff will be starting somewhere along the Lions' offensive line in 2015.
Feb 21 - 12:42 PM

The Detroit Free Press believes it "makes sense" for the Lions to retain free agent DE Darryl Tapp.

Tapp only recorded one sack in 302 defensive snaps in 2014, but he is a veteran leader and asset in the locker room. He should be relatively cheap to retain.
Feb 21 - 9:26 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said he’ll meet with the player rep for free agent K Matt Prater on Friday night.

Prater joined the Lions halfway through the 2014 season after getting cut by the Broncos. He made 21-of-26 field goals, including 12-of-13 from under 40 yards. A reunion makes sense for both sides.
Feb 20 - 8:59 AM

The Lions are bringing back exclusive rights free agent WR/PR Jeremy Ross.

Ross earns his paycheck on special teams. His punt return average (8.9 yards per return) was 11th-best in the NFL in 2014. With Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate ahead of him on the depth chart at wide receiver, it’s doubtful Ross will be a fantasy factor in 2015.
Feb 20 - 8:57 AM


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