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T.J. Lang, Lions Agree Upon Three-Year Deal

Mar 13, 2017 8:12 AM

The Detroit Lions have agreed to a three-year deal with T.J. Lang.

Lang is the second offensive lineman the Lions have added this offseason.

He had spent his entire eight-year career with the Green Bay Packers.

ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Ricky Williams Wanted To Sign With Lions In 2011

Mar 7, 2017 7:54 AM

Ricky Williams badly wanted to sign with the Detroit Lions back in 2011 when he eventually landed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Williams had worked with Scott Linehan when the latter was the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2005. When Linehan moved onto the Lions, Williams wanted to follow him.

"It's very true. I wanted to sign with the Lions, but my agent went behind my back and agreed with the Ravens. That kind of put me in a tough spot," the running back said. "I loved (Linehan's) offense, and had tremendous success.

"I was heartbroken."

Drew Rosenhaus had more contacts with the Ravens, leading to the back-door deal that he eventually sold Williams on.

"And the Lions ended up going to the playoffs that year," Williams said. "My being a veteran, my leadership and my understanding of the offense, I would've been a great addition."

Tony Paul/Detroit News

Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

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Lions Made Playoffs Without Beating A Playoff Team

Jan 6, 2017 7:20 AM

The Detroit Lions qualified for the postseason without beating a single playoff team during the regular season.

The Lions went 0-5 against other playoff entrants this season.

The Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders didn't fare much better with each winning just one game against a fellow playoff team. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the New England Patriots went 4-1 with their lone loss coming against the Seattle Seahawks.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Jim Caldwell Will Remain With Lions In 2017

Jan 4, 2017 11:32 AM

Jim Caldwell will return next season as head coach of the Detroit Lions.

The Lions want continuity on their staff after reaching the playoffs in two out of the past three seasons.

Detroit had a two-game lead in the NFC North heading into Week 15 against the New York Giants but lost its last three games to slip from a possible division title to a wild-card matchup at Seattle.

Caldwell was hired by the Lions' previous regime and not general manager Bob Quinn.

Caldwell's deal runs through 2017.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

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Pete Carroll: Contract Offer To Golden Tate Wasn't Communicated Well

Jan 3, 2017 8:46 PM

Pete Carroll believes the Seattle Seahawks' offer in free agency to Golden Tate during the 2014 offseason wasn't communicated correctly.

Tate signed with the Detroit Lions on a five-year, $31 million deal.

"We did try to bring him back," Carroll said in a conference call with Detroit reporters. "We made an offer that didn't get communicated really well at the time, and I think he's a terrific player. I loved him on our team, but you can't keep everybody, and so during the process of the negotiations, he went elsewhere.

"But our players and our coaches, we think the world of him, and he's fun to watch. We watch him every week, and we'll have a good time competing against him."

Asked to expand on his comments, Carroll referred questions to Tate's agent, Todd France. An email from ESPN to France seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Later Tuesday, Carroll clarified that he thought the breakdown of communication came from the Seahawks and not France.

"I was disappointed that we didn't communicate with Golden really clearly our end of it. So now it becomes a negotiation where I didn't feel like he had all the information he needed. And we needed to do a better job of that," Carroll said.

On Tuesday, Tate said he thought the Seahawks wanted him to return.

"I thought they wanted me back. I thought I did everything I could to help them win a Super Bowl, was in the community, was a good guy," he said. "But you know, it worked out. I'm happy where I am and excited about the future of this organization and hopefully I'm here for a long, long time."

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Lane Kiffin Wanted Raiders To Draft Calvin Johnson Back In 2007

Dec 30, 2016 9:01 AM

When the Oakland Raiders took JaMarcus Russell first overall in 2007, Lane Kiffin was the head coach and pushed for the team to draft Calvin Johnson instead.

Late owner Al Davis insisted on drafting Russell.

Kiffin wanted to sign Jeff Garcia in free agency and then take Johnson, who the Detroit Lions drafted at the No. 2 spot.

The Raiders went 4-12 in 2007 and fired Kiffin after a 1-3 start in 2008.

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NBC Flexes Packers/Lions To Primetime For Week 17

Dec 26, 2016 10:22 AM

NBC has flexed Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions to the 8:30 PM EST slot to close out Week 17 and the 2016 NFL regular season.

The winner will take the NFC North title and the home playoff game that accompanies it.

For the Packers, it's the fourth straight year their Week 17 game has been for the division title.

The Packers (9-6) won the season's first meeting against the Lions on Sept. 25 at Lambeau Field.

"Well, it's going to be fun," Rodgers said after Saturday's win over the Vikings. "It's going to be a loud environment obviously over there in Detroit, we've won a lot of big games over there, but Matt [Stafford]'s had a fantastic year, their defense's definitely improved. We haven't played them since I think Week 3, so it'll be a lot of film to catch up on and see how they're playing, but a lot of very good players on their defense, and offensively Matt's done a great job of spreading it around to their playmakers. So it's going to be a fun one."

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Calvin Johnson 'Not Coming Back' To NFL

Dec 22, 2016 10:57 PM

Calvin Johnson continues to assure people he will not return to the NFL.

"I'm not coming back, man," Johnson said. "Look, man. I got stuff that's going to hurt for the rest of my life. I got a finger that's literally bone-on-bone. This bad boy, it gets smaller. The more and more I do, it grinds bone-on-bone.

"Literally from last year, I went this year to get another X-ray and this is after I retired, I knew it was messed up but I didn't know to what degree because it was hurt."

Johnson points to an ankle injury and a nerve issue in his shoulder as well.

Johnson is missing the camaraderie of playing but is actually enjoying watching the game on Sundays.

"Oh man, to watch football now, I've been looking forward to sitting back and watching football ever since I stepped into the league. You lose that," Johnson said. "When I was in college, I used to love to watch football on Sundays. And for nine (years), almost a decade I was away from that.

"To be able to sit back and enjoy the game, sit back and watch guys that you know played and you might have worked with it or you personally know, it's cool, it's awesome to sit back and say I know that guy because you're more of a fan of that game and that person. But I've only been able to watch the last three or four games."

Conor Orr/NFL.com

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Matthew Stafford Unsure About Glove, Confident Finger Will Be Fine
Matthew Stafford is confident the dislocated middle finger on his throwing hand will be fine and hasn't decided if he'll wear a glove on Sunday.

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Matthew Stafford Suffers Dislocated Finger, Torn Ligaments
Matthew Stafford had the finger taped up and is determined to play through the injury.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Broncos Claim Justin Forsett Off Waivers From Lions
The Broncos have claimed Justin Forsett off waivers from the Lions, reuniting the running back with coach Gary Kubiak.

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Matthew Stafford On $25M Contract Demand: 'News To Me'
Andrew Luck signed an extension with a $24.6 million average annual value this past offseason.

Dave Birkett/Detroit Free Press

Matthew Stafford Will Seek $25M Per Season
Matthew Stafford is set to make $16.5 million next season.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Lions Want Golden Tate To Stop Flipping Into End Zone
Golden Tate flipped into the end zone on Sunday's game-winning score against the Vikings in overtime.

Detroit Free-Press

Glover Quin Investing 70 Percent Of His NFL Salary
Glover Quin and his family lived on the remaining 30 percent, approximately $6,000 per month and $72,000 per year over the first three seasons of his career.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Jim Bob Cooter: Matthew Stafford Even Better Without Calvin Johnson
Matthew Stafford is playing without Calvin Johnson, but it putting up some of the best numbers of his career.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Justin Forsett Agrees To Sign With Lions
Justin Forsett is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry this season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Golden Tate Says Struggles Are Mental, Lions Expect Big Week
The wide receiver is marred in the worst three-game stretch of his career.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Lions Insist Golden Tate Wasn't Benched
Golden Tate sat for much of the Lions' loss to the Bears with Andre Roberts playing in his place.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Nevin Lawson Flagged For Longest Pass Interference Call In 15 Seasons
Lions defensive back Nevin Lawson was called for a 66-yard pass interference penalty against the Packers on Sunday, the longest such penalty in at least 15 years.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Ameer Abdullah Expected To Miss Remainder Of 2016
Ameer Abdullah was Detroit's No. 1 running back, gaining 101 yards on 18 carries this season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Lions Place Ameer Abdullah On IR
Ameer Abdullah will miss at least the next eight games.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Theo Riddick Signs Three-Year, $12.75M Extension With Lions
The Lions use Theo Riddick as a pass-catcher often.

Nick Shook/NFL

Lions Don't Have To Make Playoffs For Jim Caldwell To Save His Job
Bob Quinn says Jim Caldwell will be judged more on wins and losses than a postseason appearance.

Detroit Free-Press

Anquan Boldin To Sign With Lions
Detroit had brought Anquan Boldin in for a workout last month but did not sign him at the time.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Arian Foster To Work Out For Dolphins, Lions
Arian Foster tore an Achilles in Week 4 last season, and hasn't played all 16 games since 2012.

Max Meyer/NFL

Jahvid Best Is First Ex-NFL Player To Qualify For Summer Olympics
Jahvid Best will become the first former NFL player to participate in the Summer Olympic Games after being approved to represent St. Lucia in track and field next month in Rio.

ESPN

Calvin Johnson Happy In Retirement, Isn't Thinking About Playing
Calvin Johnson says his health as the main reason why he opted to retire with several productive years still likely ahead of him.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN