Detroit Lions Wiretap

Rams Trade Former No. 2 Pick Greg Robinson To Lions

Jun 15, 2017 10:15 AM

The Los Angeles Rams have traded Greg Robinson to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 second round pick.

Robinson was the second overall pick in the 2014 draft but was demoted. Robinson played in 44 career games with the Rams, starting 40 of them. Los Angeles had tried moving him to guard and right tackle before eventually deciding to trade him to Detroit with one year left on his rookie contract.

"Since we drafted Greg, he has been committed to our organization, his teammates and community outreach," Rams general manager Les Snead said in a statement. "We appreciate his dedication and the effort he's put forth over the past three seasons. We wish him the best as he embarks on this new chapter."

The Lions have a need at offensive tackle with Taylor Decker out several months.

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Golden Tate On Whether He's Underpaid: 'Yep'

Jun 12, 2017 8:00 AM

Golden Tate, who is entering the fourth season of a five-year deal with the Detroit Lions, was asked over the weekend whether he thinks he's underpaid.

"Yep," Tate said quickly and succinctly.

Tate has caught at least 90 passes every year since signing with the Lions in 2014. During the past three seasons, Tate is No. 6 in the NFL in receptions with 280 and No. 10 in receiving yards with 3,221.

He's also the NFL's leader in yards after catch since 2014 with 1,831 yards and Pro Football Focus posted a statistic that he accounted for 73 missed tackles since 2014 -- also best in the among receivers. Tate tweeted that stat Thursday after Julian Edelman signed a two-year, $15 million extension.

"Just saw my buddy get extended and that's obviously the goal," Tate said. "I have this season and next season until I can really think about it, but it wasn't nothing malicious or mean hinting at it. I mean, I'm hinting at it in a few years, of course.

"I would love to stay here. I'm having a lot of fun. We have a great foundation. I love where we're going so I'd love to be here but we'll see. I've still got time."

Tate will make $6 million in 2017.


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Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

Lions Lose LT Taylor Decker For 4-6 Months With Torn Labrum

Jun 10, 2017 1:37 PM

Taylor Decker will be out for at least four to six months with a torn labrum, which means he could miss at least four games.

Decker is the starting left tackle of the Detroit Lions. Decker played every snap for the Lions last season, which moved Riley Reiff to right tackle.

Jim Caldwell said the franchise would provide an update on Decker in the fall.

"Just kind of the nature of our game," Caldwell said. "You've got to adjust. That's one of the things that I think our personnel office does a great job of, I think our players do a tremendous job of. We'll adjust and keep moving."

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Injury

Calvin Johnson Repaid $1M Signing Bonus To Lions

Jun 7, 2017 5:07 PM

Calvin Johnson repaid at least $1 million of his signing bonus back to the Detroit Lions when he retired in March of 2016.

That’s significantly more than the $320,000 NFL Players Association records showed Johnson paid, or about 1/10th of the $3.2 million signing bonus proration the Lions would have been entitled to under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

The Lions required Johnson to pay back part of the $16 million signing bonus he earned on the contract he signed in spring 2012.

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

Matt Asiata Signs One-Year Deal With Lions

May 28, 2017 12:48 AM

Matt Asiata has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Asiata had an extended tryout with the team during rookie minicamp two weeks ago and the Lions didn't initially sign him. After the first week of OTAs, though, the team made a move.

Asiata has played his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings, recording 361 carries for 1,259 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also showed some ability as a receiver, catching 101 passes for 722 yards and a touchdown.

"Anybody knows who has seen him work, he's a good special-teamer," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said before the minicamp. "He's tough. He's a very good pass protector and he carries the ball. He runs behind his pads. He's always been a very, very effective player in this league."

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Calvin Johnson Didn't Like The Way Lions Treated Him Upon Retirement

May 21, 2017 7:30 PM

While there's no real animosity between the longtime star and the franchise, former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson told the Detroit Free Press on Saturday he wasn't completely pleased with how he was treated by the club when he retired in March 2016.

When the newspaper asked Johnson about the possibility of his No. 81 jersey being retired -- something the franchise did not do last season, nor did it honor him in any significant way -- he said he doesn't like to talk about the Lions much.

"I don't even like to talk Lions too much just because the way our relationship ended," Johnson told the newspaper. "If they see me around here, we'll see. But hey, I don't know.

"I just didn't feel like I was treated the way I should have been treated on the way out. That's all. I mean, it's all good. I'm not tripping. I don't feel any kind of way, just hey, that's what they did. Hey, it is what it is."

Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

Former Lions All-Pro Wayne Walker Dies At Age 80

May 20, 2017 1:16 AM

Former Detroit Lions All-Pro linebacker and kicker Wayne Walker has died at the age of 80.

Walker, the Lions' fourth-round pick in 1958, played 15 seasons with Detroit, and when he retired he held a team record with 200 games played -- a mark since passed by Jason Hanson.

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Lions Open Up Extension Talks With Matthew Stafford

May 3, 2017 11:49 PM

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have opened up extension talks.

Stafford will make $16.5 million in 2017, the final season of a five-year deal he signed in 2013.

“We’re in the early stages,” Bob Quinn said Wednesday. “It’s really too early to kind of give any update but we’re going through the process. These things don’t happen overnight.

“I feel confident we can get something done.”

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round

Apr 27, 2017 11:47 PM

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

3. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

12. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

13. Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

15. Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

17. Washington: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

21. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

22. Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

25. Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

26. Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

27. Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

29. Cleveland Browns: David Njoku, TE, Miami

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

32. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

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Matthew Stafford Interested In Extension With Lions

Apr 18, 2017 12:58 PM

Matthew Stafford was asked about the possibility of signing an extension with the Detroit Lions.

"I would love to," said Stafford. "I’ve had a really good time playing here, would like to be here long term."

Stafford will make $16.5 million this season and a franchise tag in 2018 would cost $26.4 million.

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Anquan Boldin Still Wants To Play, Plans To Sign Closer To Camp
Anquan Boldin has reiterated that he wants to play this season, but he's in no rush to join a team.

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Gunther Cunningham Leaves Lions For Job With Pro Football Focus
Gunther Cunningham is leaving the Lions, where he served as a senior coaching assistant, to work for Pro Football Focus as its director of football oversight.

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T.J. Lang, Lions Agree Upon Three-Year Deal
T.J. Lang is the second offensive lineman the Lions have added this offseason.


Ricky Williams Wanted To Sign With Lions In 2011
Ricky Williams badly wanted to sign with the Lions back in 2011 when he eventually landed with the Ravens.

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Lions Made Playoffs Without Beating A Playoff Team
The Lions qualified for the postseason without beating a single playoff team during the regular season.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Jim Caldwell Will Remain With Lions In 2017
Jim Caldwell's deal runs through 2017.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Pete Carroll: Contract Offer To Golden Tate Wasn't Communicated Well
Golden Tate signed with the Lions on a five-year, $31 million deal.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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

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NBC Flexes Packers/Lions To Primetime For Week 17
For the Packers, it's the fourth straight year their Week 17 game has been for the division title.

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Calvin Johnson 'Not Coming Back' To NFL
Calvin Johnson continues to assure people he will not return to the NFL.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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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.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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

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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.

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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.

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