Player News - Lions

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports free agent RG Larry Warford is expected to fetch $9 million-plus per year on the open market.

Warford's biggest asset is his youth. He doesn't turn 26 until this summer. Warford and Kevin Zeitler are the top two free agent guards, with T.J. Lang also in the mix, though Lang is going on 30. Warford was Pro Football Focus' No. 19 guard last season, receiving plus marks for his run blocking. At $9 million annually, he'd be one of the NFL's highest-paid guards.
Mar 1 - 9:09 AM

Laken Tomlinson and Joe Dahl could compete for the Lions' right guard job.

The Lions haven’t ruled out re-signing Larry Warford, but are expected to let him test the market. With Graham Glasgow also coming off a promising rookie campaign, the Lions' depth on the interior makes them more likely to try to keep free agent RT Riley Reiff. Tomlinson took a step back in 10 starts last year but is the heavy favorite to replace Warford.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 4:25 PM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein wrote the Lions "might end up overhauling" the tight end position this offseason.

Eric Ebron has improved each of his three years in the league, but Detroit will have to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason, and they could use more help at the position either way. The Lions can make their "big splash" by targeting a top-of-the-market option like Martellus Bennett in free agency or using a first-round pick on an elite prospect like Alabama's O.J. Howard or Miami's David Njoku. Either way, it will not be surprising if Ebron faces competition for targets come September.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 10:04 AM

Free agent RG Larry Warford is expected to test the open market.

One of the top interior linemen available, Warford is going to price himself out of Detroit. The Lions are more interested in bringing back free agent RT Riley Reiff. 2015 first-rounder Laken Tomlinson is Warford's in-house replacement.
Feb 22 - 5:10 PM

The Detroit Free Press doesn't expect the Lions to re-sign free agent DE Devin Taylor.

Taylor took a step back in his first stint as a 16-game starter last season. The Lions can't afford to keep him with Ziggy Ansah and Haloti Ngata in the final year of their contracts. Despite his sacks dropoff, Taylor should generate solid interest heading into his age-27 season.
Feb 22 - 4:57 PM

Lions hired former Texans OC George Godsey as defensive assistant/special projects.

Houston's offensive coordinator the last two seasons, Godsey was reportedly in the running for the Jets' OC job, but that position went to John Morton. Godsey has never coached on the defensive side, but he does have history with Lions GM Bob Quinn from their time together in New England. Godsey will likely spend a season in the shadows before looking for another coordinator job next January.
Feb 21 - 10:59 AM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes Jace Billingsley will compete for the Lions' slot receiver job in 2017.

It is early in the offseason for reporter favorites to emerge, but Billingsley's name has come up a couple times recently. An undrafted sophomore out of Eastern Oregon who stands 5-foot-8, 189 pounds, Billingsley caught 12 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns last preseason before spending most of the year on the practice squad. He looks like a name to know in deep Dynasty circles.
Feb 20 - 11:01 PM

Amer Abdullah (foot) remains on track for OTAs.

Abdullah was close to returning late in the season, but never made it back. He’s been cleared to run and should be 100 percent for the start of OTAs. Abdullah is the favorite to open 2017 as the Lions’ No. 1 back.
Feb 17 - 8:10 PM

Impending free agent QB Dan Orlovsky said Detroit will use Jake Rudock as Matthew Stafford's backup in 2017.

A sixth-rounder last year, Rudock spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad before the Lions promoted him in late November to keep the Bears from poaching him. That move indicated Detroit is high on the young quarterback, so this news is not particularly surprising. Despite injury concerns early in his career, Stafford has not missed a game since 2010.
Feb 16 - 9:50 AM

Free agent QB Dan Orlovsky said he will not be returning to the Lions.

Orlovsky said the Lions will turn to 2016 sixth-rounder Jake Rudock as Matthew Stafford's backup. 34 in August, Orlovsky is a quality No. 2 who likely has a few years left. He should find a home.
Feb 16 - 9:46 AM

Free agent Dan Orlovsky doesn't expect to re-sign with the Lions.

Orlovsky has backed up Matthew Stafford the last three years. The Lions have 2016 sixth-rounder Jake Rudock as a potential in-house replacement. Detroit should also add another quarterback through the draft/free agency.
Feb 11 - 4:42 PM

Anquan Boldin believes Zach Zenner can take a step forward in 2017.

"Whenever you have a young guy like that who’s able to play every down, that’s big," Boldin said. "I saw him personally mature over the year, and he grabbed the coaches’ confidence. They weren’t shy about putting him in there. When they did put him in there, he responded well." Zenner was the unquestioned lead back by the end of the season, but the healthy returns of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are sure to push Zenner back down the depth chart. It is also possible the Lions add another big back in free agency or the draft. Despite a great finish to the season, Zenner is likely to open 2017 near the bottom of the depth chart.
Feb 6 - 10:44 PM

Lions FS Glover Quin expects second-year S Miles Killebrew to play a much larger role in 2017.

"I really think Miles is going to be a good player for us," Quin said. Killebrew, the 111th pick in last year's draft, played 158 snaps as a rookie, but made a ton of big stops on third downs and packs a big punch at 6'2/222. He can play both strong safety and some linebacker in sub-packages. With third safety Rafael Bush a free agent, Killebrew could be elevated to take his 511 snaps.
Source: MLive.com
Feb 6 - 12:10 PM

The Lions could move on from free agent WR Andre Roberts.

Roberts was a non-factor as Detroit's No. 4 receiver but made an impact at kick returner. It sounds like the Lions won't be bringing him back. Dwayne Washington is a candidate to replace Roberts on returns.
Source: ESPN
Feb 4 - 7:16 PM

Free agent Anquan Boldin is undecided on playing football in 2017.

Boldin stated after Detroit's playoff loss that he would like to play another year, but he may be having second thoughts at age 36. Per Lions.com's Tim Twentyman, Boldin is "open to returning" to Detroit if he indeed keeps playing. Boldin's playmaking ability evaporated long ago, but he can still help an offense on third downs and in the red zone. He caught eight TDs in 2016.
Feb 3 - 8:36 PM


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