Detroit Lions Wiretap

Calvin Johnson Spending Time With Dolphins Receivers

Aug 8, 2017 9:40 AM

Calvin Johnson remains around the NFL despite announcing his retirement from football before the 2016 season.

Johnson is in Miami this week to spend "a little bit" of time with the Dolphins wide receivers, according to Adam Gase. He played for Dolphins wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson with the Detroit Lions.

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Matthew Stafford Hasn't Set Deadline For Contract Talks

Aug 8, 2017 9:36 AM

Matthew Stafford hasn't set a deadline on contract talks with the Detroit Lions.

Players often set the start of the season as a deadline in order to focus on what happens on the field.

"As far as the deadline goes, it's something I'll talk to my agent about," the quarterback said. "I'm not worried about it at the moment. The contract, it's really not too difficult for me to not think about. The only time I really talk about it is with [the media]. Guys in the locker room know it's all about football. They've all been through these situations before. I'm just trying to do everything I possibly can to be as good a football player as I can be and lead our team."

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said over the weekend that "there's a long way to go" before the two sides strike a deal.

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Lions, Matthew Stafford Expected To Reach New Deal Soon

Jul 19, 2017 7:58 AM

Matthew Stafford is entering the final year of a three-year, $53 million extension, but is expected to reach a new deal with the Detroit Lions soon.

An agreement could come before the Lions open training camp on July 31.

Lions president Ron Wood recently suggested he's comfortable making Stafford the highest-paid player in the NFL.

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Lions' Armonty Bryant Suspended Four Games

Jul 19, 2017 7:51 AM

Armonty Bryant has been suspended four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the Detroit Lions announced.

The pass rusher was suspended twice last season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs (four games) and violating the league's policy on drugs of abuse (three games).

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Lions Invite Calvin Johnson To Training Camp

Jul 17, 2017 12:32 PM

Calvin Johnson has received an invitation from the Detroit Lions to attend their training camp next month.

Johnson has expressed displeasure over the past few months with his departure from the club upon his retirement in March 2016.

Johnson cited injuries as the main reason for why he walked away from the game.

Earlier this month during a news conference in Italy, Johnson said the team's lack of success was also a contributing factor to his early retirement. During a news conference with Italian reporters, he brought up the idea of superteams when he was asked if he thought about switching teams.

"Of course, I thought about it," he said. "Just like in basketball, you know, guys, they create these superteams. But it's not quite like that in football where I had the freedom just to go.

"I was stuck in my contract with Detroit, and they told me they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them. I didn't see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn't worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere."

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Calvin Johnson: No Freedom To Change Teams Played Role In Retiring

Jul 11, 2017 11:27 PM

Calvin Johnson spoke candidly about his decision to retire after the 2015 season, admitting the Detroit Lions' inability to compete for a Super Bowl played a role in his decision. 

Johnson was asked if he ever considered changing teams.

"Of course, I thought about it," he said. "Just like in basketball, you know, guys, they create these superteams. But it's not quite like that in football where I had the freedom just to go.

"I was stuck in my contract with Detroit, and they told me, they would not release my contract, so I would have to come back to them. I didn't see the chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn't worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere.

"It's the definition of insanity," Johnson added.

Asked again if playing for the Lions was the reason he retired, Johnson said: "Yes, and the body."

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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

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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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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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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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Matt Asiata Signs One-Year Deal With Lions
Matt Asiata had an extended tryout with the team during rookie minicamp two weeks ago and the Lions didn't initially sign him.

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Calvin Johnson Didn't Like The Way Lions Treated Him Upon Retirement
Calvin Johnson doesn't like to talk about the Detroit Lions much.

ESPN.com

Former Lions All-Pro Wayne Walker Dies At Age 80
Wayne Walker played 15 seasons with the Detroit Lions and worked as the Sports Director for KPIX in San Francisco.

ESPN.com

Lions Open Up Extension Talks With Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford will make $16.5 million in 2017.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

RealGM Staff Report

Matthew Stafford Interested In Extension With Lions
Matthew Stafford will make $16.5 million this season and a franchise tag in 2018 would cost $26.4 million.

Dave Birkett/Detroit Free Press

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.

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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.

Tony Paul/Detroit News

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

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

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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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

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.

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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.

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