Detroit Lions Wiretap

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."

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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.”

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

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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.

Dave Birkett/Detroit Free Press

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Anquan Boldin Still Wants To Play, Plans To Sign Closer To Camp

Apr 7, 2017 7:12 AM

Anquan Boldin has reiterated that he wants to play this season, but he's in no rush to join a team.

Boldin says he will probably sign closer to training camp, which begins in mid-July.

He signed with the Detroit Lions in late July last year.

"I'm still healthy, still going strong," Boldin said. "I still have the passion."

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Gunther Cunningham Leaves Lions For Job With Pro Football Focus

Apr 3, 2017 8:28 AM

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

Cunningham has spent 48 years as a coach between college and the NFL, including two years as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and 15 seasons as a defensive coordinator.

The 70-year-old Cunningham offers the analytics website -- one used by 27 NFL teams -- even more legitimacy.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

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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.


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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

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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.

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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.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

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.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

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.

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.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

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.

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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.

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