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Mar 25, 2015
Join live chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. Thursday

Join live chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. Thursday

Join me at 3 p.m. on Thursday for the weekly live chat discussing the Detroit Lions. Free agency is well under way and the NFL draft is just five weeks away. Plenty to discuss. Bring your questions or just read along. It's usually a spirited discussion — Paula Pasche
Mar 19, 2015
Detroit Lions CB Rashean Mathis didn't plan on playing 13 NFL seasons

Detroit Lions CB Rashean Mathis didn't plan on playing 13 NFL seasons

Rashean Mathis never dreamed he would play in the NFL for 13 years, but the cornerback is headed in that direction. “There’s always a number that each person gives himself and mine definitely wasn’t 13,’’ Mathis said in a conference call on Thursday. “Life happens, you get smarter, you get wiser and realize you didn’t know nearly as much as you thought when you first got into the league. I think my number was eight coming into the league because you think you have everything set. Once I got to six I thought eight wasn’t a realistic number. I thank God I’ve been...
Mar 18, 2015
Join chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday

Join chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday

Join me for a chat at 3 p.m. on Thursday to discuss the Detroit Lions. We’ll look at their moves (and lack of moves) so far in free agency and look ahead to the NFL draft which starts on April 30. Still a few holes to fill. Bring your questions or just read along. It’s always a fun time. — Paula Pasche
Mar 17, 2015
Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson proposes to girlfriend

Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson proposes to girlfriend

While Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is just a few weeks away from getting married, his teammate Calvin Johnson is next in line. The Lions wide receiver proposed to his girlfriend Brittney McNorton while in Baltimore for the Ed Block Courage Award dinner on Monday night. “I thought it may be coming but I was totally surprised. I had no idea it was coming this soon,’’ McNorton told the Baltimore Sun in a video. She said he proposed along the Inner Harbor.  “It was beautiful — the sky, the stars,’’ McNorton said. Johnson, quiet as always didn’t have much to...
Mar 16, 2015
Detroit Lions — Todd Gurley makes pre-draft visit

Detroit Lions — Todd Gurley makes pre-draft visit

Todd Gurley is considered by several experts as the top running back available in this year's NFL draft. Would he be a good fit in Detroit? The Lions, who have the 23rd overall pick, brought Gurley in for a pre-draft visit on Monday, according to the team web site. Since Reggie Bush was released the Lions have a need for another running back to help carry the load along with Joique Bell. Theo Riddick’s strength is catching balls out of the backfield. George Winn had a solid training camp but didn’t get many carries in the regular season — just 19 for 73 yards. The one big issue...
Mar 13, 2015
Rashean Mathis tops Detroit Lions in performance bonuses

Rashean Mathis tops Detroit Lions in performance bonuses

Rashean Mathis was the big Lions’ winner in performance bonuses for the 2014 season. The veteran cornerback was making just $1 million last season, but his performance bonus is worth $227,241.98. It’s the biggest bonus on the team. Jeremy Ross is second with $197,654 and Tahir Whitehead third with $192,028. Mathis, who is 34, started every game, had one interception and nine passes defended. The Lions want him back for 2015 but he remains unsigned.Not only was he solid on the field, his leadership benefited Darius Slay and other young defensive backs. The bonuses are...
Mar 13, 2015
Detroit Lions sign DT Tyrunn Walker to 1-year deal

Detroit Lions sign DT Tyrunn Walker to 1-year deal

Tyrunn Walker, who played the last three seasons for the New Orleans Saints, was signed by the Lions on Thursday night. The defensive tackle, who is 6-foot-3 and 294 pounds, signed a one-year deal worth about $1.75 million per the team web site. The Lions are in need of help at the defensive tackle position. They traded for veteran Haloti Ngata on Tuesday after Ndamukong Suh had agreed to sign with the Dolphins. Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley remain free agents. Walker wasn’t tendered by the Saints as a restricted free agent.  He played in 16 games in 2014 as a rotational player...
Mar 11, 2015
Report: Detroit Lions won't pursue Nick Fairley

Report: Detroit Lions won't pursue Nick Fairley

ALLEN PARK — Nick Fairley has been a huge question mark since the Lions did not pick up his fifth-year option 10 months ago. That question may now have an answer. The Lions are out of the Fairley free agency sweepstakes according to a report from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The Lions never said they wouldn’t re-sign the defensive tackle, but they would only do so at the right price. On Feb. 18, GM Martin Mayhew said he could envision two things. One, the Lions bringing back both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Two, moving forward with neither one. Put your money...
Mar 11, 2015
Join chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday

Join chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday

Join a live chat on the Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Among other things, we'll discuss free agency including the acquisition of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and the loss of Ndamukong Suh. Bring all your questions, it's always a fun thing.
Mar 10, 2015
Haloti Ngata traded to Detroit Lions from Ravens

Haloti Ngata traded to Detroit Lions from Ravens

ALLEN PARK — Defensive lineman Haloti Ngata has been traded to the Detroit Lions from Baltimore according to the Ravens. No word yet on details. Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowler, has spent all nine of his NFL seasons in Baltimore. He's 31 and has reputation as a run stuffer. Ngata was the ninth highest graded 3-4 defensive end last season and has never finished a season with a negative grade, per Pro Football Focus. The deal will be complete pending a physical. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports the Lions are giving up fourth- and fifth-round draft choice. More to come...
Mar 10, 2015
Detroit Lions who can hit free agent market

Detroit Lions who can hit free agent market

With NFL free agency hours away, the Detroit Lions have plenty of their own players who can hit the open market. Before today, they signed kicker Matt Prater and quarterback Kellen Moore. The official time to sign free agents is 4:01 p.m., today. Obviously Ndamukong Suh is gone after agreeing to a six-year, $114 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. Defensive tackles Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley are options to bring back. Fairley has had some interest from other clubs including the Colts. Andre Fluellen will likely be back at one point. Also on the defensive line, George...
Mar 9, 2015
Five thoughts about Ndamukong Suh's departure from Detroit Lions

Five thoughts about Ndamukong Suh's departure from Detroit Lions

Ndamukong Suh is headed to the Miami Dolphins where he’s expected to sign a six-year, $114 million deal after 4 p.m. on Tuesday when free agency officially begins.  The Lions made him an offer that would have made him the NFL’s highest paid defenseman, but the Dolphins offered more. Five things I think: 1. All along, everyone knew that it was going to be difficult to keep Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Suh for the long run. You can’t have three of the highest paid players at their positions and still afford to field a winning team. That was addressed in the 2011...
Mar 9, 2015
Detroit Lions — All eyes now on Nick Fairley

Detroit Lions — All eyes now on Nick Fairley

With Ndamukong Suh headed to the Dolphins, Nick Fairley is likely the next target for the Lions to sign.  The defensive tackle, a first-round pick in 2011, could hit the free agent market at 4 p.m. on Tuesday when free agency officially opens. Fairley has never been able to stay healthy which is a concern for Lions and other possible suitors. He played just eight games in 2014 after suffering a knee injury in October. He has never played a 16-game season although he made it to 15 in 2013. That concern could keep his price down to $5 million or $6 million per year. Fairley changed...
Mar 6, 2015
Detroit Lions sign kicker Matt Prater to 3-year deal

Detroit Lions sign kicker Matt Prater to 3-year deal

Matt Prater saved the Lions’ season at the kicking position when he was signed to start in week 6 in the 2014 season. He’ll return after signing a three-year deal worth $9 million according to Ian Rapoport, the NFL Network insider. Prater, who had been released by the Broncos in early 2014 after a four-game suspension, proved to be just the answer for the Lions. They had gotten off to a rocky start with kickers Nate Freese (3 of 7 on field goal attempts) and Alex Henery (1 of 5) who were both released. Prater was 21 of 26 on field goals and a perfect 21 of 21 on point-after...
Mar 6, 2015
Detroit Lions sign Kellen Moore to 2-year deal

Detroit Lions sign Kellen Moore to 2-year deal

As expected the Lions have brought back quarterback Kellen Moore for his fourth season in Detroit. He was signed to a two-year deal the team announced on Friday. Moore, 25, has not yet played a snap in the regular season. In part-time work in four preseason games in 2014 Moore completed 35 of 51 passes for 361 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He was No. 3 on the depth chart in 2014 behind Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. General manager Martin Mayhew said weeks ago the Lions were interested in bringing Moore back.   The offseason is key for the quarterback from...