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Free agent QB Landry Jones has worked out for the Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars and Lions.

Jones has been on the market for over a month now. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the former Steeler is expected to find a job soon. The 29-year-old isn't starting material but he's been a competent backup throughout his career.
Oct 7 - 8:45 AM

Cowboys declared LB Sean Lee, DT Maliek Collins, C Travis Frederick, TE Dalton Schultz, OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, QB Mike White and WR Terrance Williams inactive for Week 4 against the Lions.

Lee is week to week with a hamstring injury. Despite drawing questionable tags on Friday, WR Cole Beasley (ankle) and DT Antwaun Woods (groin) are both good to go for Sunday's home tilt against Detroit.
Sep 30 - 11:41 AM

Lions worked out free agent LB Brandon Spikes on Tuesday.

Spikes has been out of the league since 2016, and he has played just 11 games since 2014. He did play for coach Matt Patricia in New England, however, so perhaps there is something to this.
Sep 25 - 12:54 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots nearly completed a deal to send Rob Gronkowski to the Lions back in April.

The Patriots and Lions were deep into trade talks leading up to the draft. Despite the presence of GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia, both Patriots alums, Gronkowski had no interest in joining the Lions and even threatened to retire if the Patriots traded him. Gronkowski was contacted repeatedly by the Lions while trade talks were going on, but wouldn't answer their calls. This prompted a sit-down meeting with Bill Belichick, which eventually led to a reconciliation between Gronk and the Patriots. Already on a Hall of Fame trajectory, the 29-year-old's 77 receiving touchdowns rank third all-time among tight ends.
Sep 23 - 10:25 AM

Free agent Paxton Lynch visited the Lions.

Lynch visited with the Bills earlier in the week. The Lions rarely roster three quarterbacks, so this is likely due dilligence. Lynch has also been linked to the Cowboys.
Sep 7 - 5:45 PM

Browns claimed DE Anthony Zettel off waivers from the Lions.

It took Zettel only 24 hours to resurface after being let go by the Lions on Wednesday. Zettel logged 6.5 sacks over 752 defensive snaps last season while also earning PFF's No. 11 run-stopping grade among 4-3 defensive ends. He'll continue to play defensive end in Gregg Williams' 4-3 scheme.
Sep 6 - 4:28 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent RB Donnel Pumphrey is working out for the Lions on Tuesday.

Pumphrey was cut by the Eagles over the weekend. The Lions do not have much use for a passing-down back, so this is likely just an opportunity to update their emergency list.
Sep 3 - 12:24 PM

Lions released/waived LB Jonathan Freeny, DE Alex Barrett, LB Freddie Bishop, WR Dontez Ford, CB Mike Ford, CB Chris Jones, WR Chris Lacy, DT Jeremiah Ledbetter, S Rolan Milligan, LB Darnell Sankey, P Ryan Santoso and OT Dan Skipper.

This is in addition to several other moves that streamed out during the day on Saturday. The Lions saved their least-notable names for last, though some of these players will resurface on the practice squad.
Sep 1 - 5:57 PM

Lions waived QB Jake Rudock.

It means Matt Cassel has "won" the Lions' No. 2 job. Cassel should not be an NFL backup, but neither should Rudock. The Michigan product simply does not have an NFL-caliber arm. Ultimately, it did not matter whom the Lions chose. If Matthew Stafford goes down, their season will be over.
Sep 1 - 1:20 PM

Lions released C Wesley Johnson.

Johnson was competing for a depth spot after starting for the Jets last season. Johnson was amongst the worst pivots in the league in 2017. Now 27, he will have to make the workout circuit.
Sep 1 - 1:08 PM

Lions waived RB Dwayne Washington.

Washington was a seventh-round pick in 2016 and had some moments in fantasy circles. He's a hulking 6'1/223 but has ball-handling issues and has a brutal 110-309-1 rushing line. Washington might get another chance.
Sep 1 - 1:07 PM

The Panthers acquired OT Corey Robinson from the Lions in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2020.

Robinson started eight games for the Lions over the past three seasons, grading poorly across the board at Pro Football Focus. He's still much needed depth for the Panthers, as left tackle Matt Kalil (knee scope) and right tackle Daryl Williams (knee, MCL) are still injured and questionable for the season opener versus Dallas. Taylor Moton will start on the opposite side of Robinson.
Sep 1 - 10:46 AM

Lions released CB Sterling Moore.

Moore's tenure in Detroit lasted less than two weeks. The 28-year-old is officially at the journeyman stage of his career after logging just 104 defensive snaps for New Orleans last season. He'll look to catch on elsewhere as a depth signing.
Aug 31 - 2:03 PM

Lions released DE Robert Ayers.

It's an unusual move, as the 33-year-old was just signed on Monday. Evidently one day was all the Lions needed to know Ayers was not a fit.
Aug 28 - 3:33 PM

Lions acquired LB Eli Harold from the 49ers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick.

Harold started 10 games for the Niners last year but was graded by Pro Football Focus as one of the worst outside linebackers in the league. His absence now makes Dekoda Watson the likely starter opposite WLB Malcolm Smith in the 49ers' defense. Harold will compete for a roster spot in Detroit.
Aug 23 - 10:40 AM

Lions released DE Cornelius Washington.

The move saves Detroit $2.7 million in cap space. Washington set career-highs with 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks over 487 defensive snaps last season. In addition to cutting Washington, the Lions waived CB Antwuan Davis and placed LB Steve Longa on injured reserve while signing the trio of CB Dexter McDougle, CB Sterling Moore and OL Beau Nunn.
Aug 20 - 1:06 PM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle confirms free agent CB Kayvon Webster will visit the Texans this week.

He also has visits lined up with the Bills and Lions. Webster spent the offseason recovering from a ruptured Achilles but appears to be nearing full strength. Houston has a need at cornerback following Kevin Johnson's concussion, which he suffered in Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers.
Aug 19 - 9:29 AM

Free agent Kayvon Webster is expected to visit teams next week.

Houston, Buffalo, and Detroit all have Webster interest. The Rams made Webster an offseason cap casualty, but he was always expected to resurface when healthy. Webster should settle for close to the veteran minimum.
Aug 18 - 2:31 PM

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson finished with seven carries for 34 yards and four catches for 33 yards in Friday's preseason opener versus the Raiders.

Johnson was far and away the most impressive offensive player on the field for Detroit as the Lions played him for 40 snaps in his preseason debut. He began the game as Detroit's third-down back behind LeGarrette Blount but shouldered the load for a majority of the second half. Johnson exploded upfield for a 57-yard run that was negated for holding and even flashed versatility at one point when he was stuck behind the line of scrimmage but performed a Barry Sanders-like juke and spin to prevent loss of yards. Ameer Abdullah added 4-16-1 and worked ahead of Johnson Friday. Daily Slant: Johnson has nothing but opportunity in a weak Lions backfield, and possesses upside in both the run and passing game. Johnson may be worth looking at as a low-cost DFS punt option for Week 1 if he continues to impress in the preseason.
Aug 11 - 10:32 AM

Free agent DL Ricky Jean-Francois will visit the Lions on Wednesday.

In New England, Jean-Francois played under defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who is now the Lions' head coach. If he signs, the Lions would be the 31-year-old's fifth team in six years.
Jul 25 - 9:28 AM

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