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The Detroit Free Press believes Ryan Broyles is down to his last chance to make the Lions this offseason.

Broyles, the 54th pick in the 2012 draft, tore his ACL as a rookie and ruptured his Achilles' as a sophomore before being active for only five games this past season. He caught just two passes for 25 yards as the No. 5 receiver. Broyles will turn 27 in April. He's not even worth holding onto in deeper Dynasty leagues.
Jan 25 - 9:39 AM

Impending free-agent CB Rashean Mathis would like to re-sign with the Lions.

"I think we have something special here, and I would love to be here," Mathis said. "I love our group, I love our DB room, I love what we're building here. So it would kind of sting a little bit if I'm not." Mathis has had a renaissance in Detroit after looking completely finished with the Jaguars in 2012. Going on 35, Mathis should be cheap to retain.
Jan 24 - 12:19 PM

Updating a previous item, Joique Bell underwent minor clean-up surgeries on his knee and Achilles' following the season.

The nature of Bell's surgery was previously unknown after he announced the operation last week. He's expected to be ready for the full offseason program.
Jan 20 - 9:56 PM

Impending free agent C Dominic Raiola confirms he won't be back with the Lions next season.

"My contract is up, and the Lions told me they're not bringing me back," Raiola said. "(I'm) obviously disappointed." A 14-year veteran who just turned 35, Raiola said he's not yet considering retirement. Raiola was a liability in 2014, and is unlikely to draw interest as a starter.
Jan 20 - 2:40 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions do not intend to re-sign impending free agent C Dominic Raiola.

A 2001 second-rounder, Raiola has started a Lions-record 203 games, but was one of the worst centers in the league last season. That, coupled with his ugly stomp of Bears DT Ego Ferguson in Week 16 sealed a fate that's appeared obvious since Detroit spent a third-round pick on C Travis Swanson last May. Raiola turned 35 on December 30. He's going to have a hard time finding a starting job in free agency. He might retire.
Jan 19 - 2:05 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin has withdrawn his name from the Broncos' head-coaching search.

Austin was scheduled to interview with Denver on Friday, but canceled at the last minute. It appears to be Atlanta or a return to Detroit for Austin. He's interviewed twice for the Falcons' head-coaching job, but Atlanta may be waiting to speak with Seahawks DC Dan Quinn and/or Patriots OC Josh McDaniels before making a decision. The Lions would love for Austin to return.
Jan 16 - 10:24 AM

Impending free agent Ndamukong Suh is expected to get upwards of $50 million guaranteed on his next contract.

Suh's said to be looking for a Mario Williams or J.J. Watt-type contract. Watt just inked a six-year, $100 million extension with the Texans back in September that included $51.8 million guaranteed. ESPN's Field Yates mentions the Raiders, Browns, Bengals, Bears, and Lions as potential landing spots for Suh.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 9:53 AM

Lions DC Teryl Austin will no longer interview for the Broncos' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

The interview hasn't been rescheduled, yet. It's unclear why Austin will no longer interview for the gig. There's a possibility the Broncos have already settled on a new coach, or Austin has accepted the Falcons' job.
Jan 16 - 9:12 AM

Lions RT LaAdrian Waddle underwent surgery to repair his partially torn left ACL on Thursday.

Waddle was injured in Week 15. He should be considered questionable for training camp, and perhaps even Week 1. Waddle was doing a reasonably good job of holding down the right side of Detroit's line before going down, and should return as a 2015 starter as long as his health allows it. Waddle also battled head, ankle and calf issues in 2014.
Jan 15 - 9:00 PM

Joique Bell is recovering from an undisclosed operation.

Bell broke the news on his Instagram account, but didn't disclose any other details. A message of "be right back like I left something" accompanied a photo of Bell in a hospital bed. Bell dealt with minor knee, ankle and Achilles' ailments in 2014, but missed only one game. More details should emerge in the coming days.
Jan 15 - 8:10 PM

A source tells ESPN that part of Teryl Austin's pitch to the Falcons was to bring Adam Gase along as his offensive coordinator.

In search of his first head-coaching opportunity, Austin is making an intriguing play. He's a defensive guru, one that quickly turned an annual liability in Detroit to the league's No. 2 unit. Gase not only has the support of Peyton Manning, but also won games with Tim Tebow. Still, the Falcons may wait until the Seahawks finish their playoff run so they can take a shot at DC Dan Quinn.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 15 - 11:50 AM

Lions DC Teryl Austin has an interview scheduled with the Broncos on Friday.

Austin will interview for the second time with the Falcons on Thursday. Assuming he leaves Atlanta without a deal, he will visit with the Broncos on Friday. Austin has seemingly interviewed everywhere, but he has not emerged as a favorite anywhere.
Jan 14 - 9:13 PM

The Broncos have requested permission to interview Lions DC Teryl Austin for their head-coaching vacancy.

Austin has been connected to just about every head-coaching vacancy, but has yet to emerge as a favorite anywhere. Broncos GM John Elway seems to want to make a bold hire after bemoaning John Fox's inability to take the team to the next level, but it wouldn't be surprising if he leaned offense as the Broncos gear up for perhaps one final run with Peyton Manning.
Jan 13 - 6:35 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin has a second head-coaching interview with Falcons scheduled on Thursday.

Cardinals DC Todd Bowles is seen as the favorite to replace Mike Smith, but the Falcons are doing their full due diligence. Austin could be a fallback plan if Bowles surprisingly heads to the Bears or Jets at the last minute.
Jan 12 - 2:41 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says it will be very difficult for the Lions to retain both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency.

Suh's upcoming titanic contract is going to shape the entire Lions' offseason. If they retain him -- either via a long-term deal or franchise/transition tag -- they'll have to let players like Fairley go. That would sting, but the defense showed this year they can play at a very high level without him. Fairley appeared in just eight games this season, making 14 tackles with one sack.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 12 - 10:03 AM


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