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  • Lions To Sign LB Ben Niemann

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    Ben Niemann has found a new team for at least the near future. The veteran linebacker has agreed to a deal with the Lions, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports. Niemann enjoyed a four-year run with the Chiefs to begin his career, logging 12 starts during that time. A Super Bowl winner in 2019, he [...]

    Jun 10 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Ben Niemann
  • Lions HC Dan Campbell Discusses QB Hendon Hooker

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    The expectation is that quarterback Hendon Hooker, whom the Lions selected in the third round of the 2023 draft, will serve as Jared Goff's primary backup in 2024. However, it does not sound as if he is where he needs to be just yet. Hooker was in the midst of a terrific final season at [...]

    Jun 9 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Hendon Hooker Jared Goff
  • Lions Lose Final OTA Session

    The Detroit Lions have lost one day of organized team activities after breaking rules related to on-field contact during practice the week of May 27. "We take very seriously the rules set forth within the NFL's Offseason Program and have worked to conduct our practices accordingly," the Lions said in a statement Friday night. "We will continue to be vigilant with our practices moving forward." The Lions initially had organized team activities planned for Monday, the final session before training camp at the end of July, but it has been forfeited. The Lions had a three-day mandatory minicamp earlier this week and will now break until the end of July.

    Jun 8 · Source via Detroit Lions
  • D.J. Reader Has Uncertain Status For Training Camp

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    Detroit Lions defensive tackle D.J. Reader (quad) could miss the start of training camp later this summer due to the torn quad he suffered in Week 15 of last season, according to head coach Dan Campbell. The 29-year-old signed a two-year, $22 million contract to join the Lions this offseason after spending four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. While the Clemson product has not been named to a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team, he is viewed as one of the better run-stopping interior defensive linemen in the NFL. Through his first 106 NFL games with the Texans and Bengals, he has accumulated 277 tackles, 9.5 sacks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, eight pass deflections, and 32 run stuffs. Although it's not ideal to miss any training camp action, he should be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Jun 6 · Source via Detroit Lions D.J. Reader
  • Lions Sign Second-Round CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr.

    Ennis Rakestraw Jr. is on the books for the first time in his NFL career. The Lions announced on Friday that he has inked his rookie contract. The hosts of the 2024 NFL draft showed a willingness to double-dip at the cornerback spot with their first two selections. After adding Terrion Arnold on Day 1, the Lions [...]

    May 31 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Ennis Rakestraw Terrion Arnold
  • Lions Want To Use Jahmyr Gibbs More As A Receiver

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    It's clear that the Detroit Lions want second-year running back Jahmyr Gibbs to be more involved in their offense in 2024 after he rushed for almost 1,000 yards as a rookie and finished third in the league in yards per carry (5.2). Heading into his second year, the Lions are looking for more consistency out of Gibbs, mainly in pass protection, as he was graded 61st out of 63 qualified RBs in pass-blocking in 2023 by PFF. The Lions also want Gibbs to be more involved in the passing game, even though he was in the top 10 among RBs with 52 catches and 71 targets in 2023. His average depth of target, per PFF, was literally zero yards, so Detroit will be looking to use him more in the slot and deeper down the field in 2024. With David Montgomery still in town, Gibbs' ceiling will remain somewhat limited, but if he's more involved as a pass-catcher deeper down the field, he'll still have RB1 upside in PPR leagues.

    May 31 · Source via Detroit Lions Jahmyr Gibbs
  • Hendon Hooker Moves Into QB2 Role

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    Detroit Lions quarterback Hendon Hooker was rumored to be a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in the middle of his stellar final season at Tennessee in 2022. However, he suffered a late-season ACL tear and was ultimately a third-round selection by Detroit. Teddy Bridgewater was Jared Goff's primary backup last season, while Hooker spent most of his debut campaign on the Injured Reserve list. With Bridgewater announcing his retirement this offseason, the 26-year-old is set to move into the QB2 role in 2024. So far at OTAs, the reviews have been promising. "It was fun watching Hendon Hooker sling it in a team setting for the very first time," Colton Pouncy of The Athletic wrote. "Really nice touch on his deep ball. Good velocity. One of his best plays of the day was a deep ball down the right sideline to Daurice Fountain, which drew "oooohs" and "aaahhs" from the team." After Goff signed a four-year extension to remain with the organization, Hooker's narrow path to the starting job closed. However, he can be stashed in deep Superflex or two-QB leagues. If Goff had to miss any time due to injury, the 26-year-old sophomore would have intriguing upside thanks to his rushing ability and pass-catching group headlined by Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta.

    May 27 · Source via Detroit Lions Hendon Hooker
  • Shane Zylstra Back From His Injury

    Detroit Lions tight end Shane Zylstra (knee), who was out with a knee injury last year, was back at practice at organized team activities last week and looked great. Zylstra picked up right where he left off and was catching everything thrown his way. He showed good chemistry with quarterback Hendon Hooker and the second-team offense. The 27-year-old tight end spent all of the 2023 campaign on Injured Reserve due to a knee injury that he suffered in training camp last summer. Now that he's back and looking good, Zylstra will give the team extra depth at the tight end position behind Sam LaPorta, Brock Wright and James Mitchell. The former undrafted free agent isn't anywhere close to the fantasy radar and has only 14 receptions for 94 yards and four touchdowns since entering the league in 2021.

    May 27 · Source via Detroit Lions Shane Zylstra
  • Lions Seem To Want Jack Campbell As Their Middle Linebacker

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    Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said second-year linebacker Jack Campbell has taken control of the offseason the way he should. Glenn called Campbell a "grown man" with the way he's approaching things as a true Mike linebacker. After the team tinkered with his positional versatility in 2023, the Lions seem to want him to settle in as their middle linebacker moving forward. Campbell was drafted with the 18th overall pick last year out of Iowa and finished his first year in the NFL with 95 tackles (52 solo), two sacks and five tackles for loss in 17 regular-season games (12 starts). The 23-year-old was in the starting lineup for 11 of the team's final 12 games and should continue to see a bigger role for Detroit's D heading into his second season.

    May 27 · Source via Detroit Lions Jack Campbell
  • Brian Branch Likely Out Until Training Camp

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    It sounds as though Detroit Lions defensive back Brian Branch (leg) will be out until training camp, at the very least. Head coach Dan Campbell said that Branch had a clean-up surgery for an injury they thought would heal on its own, but the Lions decided they'd rather just get it done and let Branch heal before the season. He was spotted riding a scooter around the facility during organized team activities last week. The 22-year-old cornerback is progressing well despite the fact that he wasn't available to take part in OTAs this spring. In his rookie campaign in 2023 for the Lions, Branch looked pretty good, recording 74 tackles (50 solo), one sack, three interceptions, 13 passes defended and a forced fumble that resulted in a touchdown.

    May 27 · Source via Detroit Lions Brian Branch
  • Lions Looking Into Options At Kicker

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    Since the departure of Matt Prater following the 2020 NFL season, the Lions have struggled to find constancy at the placekicking position. Twice, Michael Badgley has come to their rescue with admirable results, and though he's set to return in 2024, that hasn't stopped Detroit from examining all its options. Badgley first helped out the [...]

    May 25 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Arizona Cardinals Michael Badgley Matt Prater
  • Jameson Williams A "Man On A Mission"

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    Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said that wide receiver Jameson Williams is a "man on a mission" during offseason workouts this year. The head coach said Williams is the most improved player since the start of the spring. It's high praise for the 23-year-old former 12th overall pick in 2022 out of Ohio State. Williams was recovering from a torn ACL in his rookie campaign and played in just six games. He was suspended in 2023 and finished with 24 receptions, 354 yards and two touchdowns in 12 regular-season games (10 starts) in Year 2. Williams has lots of big-play ability and should have a bigger role in Detroit's offense in his third year in 2024, but there are a lot of mouths to feed and he should still be a distant No. 3 behind receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and stud tight end Sam LaPorta. He's worth a flier late in fantasy drafts as a potential breakout candidate.

    May 23 · Source via Detroit Lions Jameson Williams
  • Kalif Raymond Spotted During OTAs

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Kalif Raymond (knee) was photographed participating in OTAs on Wednesday, via the team website. There hasn't been much information available regarding Raymond's status until this latest development, which suggests that he has made progress in his recovery ever since missing the NFC Championship in January. Raymond managed to carve out a role on offense despite competing for targets with plenty of offensive playmakers. He finished 2023 with 35 catches, 489 yards, and one touchdown over 17 games (three starts), serving as a reliable option for Jared Goff. This year, Raymond will once again be in play for a non-zero target share given his familiarity with Detroit's offense. However, he remains off the fantasy radar in most formats as he operates behind the likes of Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jameson Williams, and Sam LaPorta.

    May 22 · Source via Detroit Lions Kalif Raymond
  • Lions Add Tight End Depth, Sign Sean McKeon

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    The Detroit Lions signed veteran free-agent tight end Sean McKeon on Thursday, according to NFL.com. McKeon spent the last four years with the Dallas Cowboys after being undrafted out of Michigan. He appeared in 45 games over the last three seasons, collecting six receptions for 38 yards and one touchdown. Needless to say, the 26-year-old doesn't figure to be a factor in fantasy football, but he could compete for a roster spot with James Mitchell and Shane Zylstra behind Sam LaPorta and Brock Wright.

    May 16 · Source via Detroit Lions Sean McKeon
  • Jahmyr Gibbs Could Have Bigger Role In 2024

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    Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes said this week on The Rich Eisen Show that second-year running back Jahmyr Gibbs could have an even bigger role in 2024. "I definitely would expect him to see more of a load, but David Montgomery will still be here too," Holmes said. "Dan and I love that 1-2 punch of him and David." The former first-round pick in 2023 was third among running backs with 5.2 yards per carry in his rookie campaign, so fantasy managers that were already fond of Gibbs' stock in a rising Lions offense will be pleased that he could be even more valuable as an RB1 in 2024. Not only should the 22-year-old former Alabama back see more carries, but he should also be more involved in the passing attack, where he can really excel with yards after the catch in open space. Only seven RBs saw more targets than Gibbs' 71 in 2023.

    May 14 · Source via Detroit Lions Jahmyr Gibbs
  • Why Jared Goff is getting $53 million a year and what it means for the Lions

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    The Lions have put $212 million behind their belief that Goff can bring a Super Bowl title to Detroit.

    May 14 · ESPN Detroit Lions Jared Goff
  • Jared Goff Agrees To Four-Year, $212 Million Extension

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    Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff agreed to a four-year, $212 million contract extension that includes $170 million guaranteed, according to NFL insider Ari Meirov. Lions general manager Brad Holmes said the two sides were working on an extension last week, and they evidently worked quickly and got the deal done. The 2016 No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams has been fantastic since being dealt to Detroit along with draft picks for Matthew Stafford. He led Detroit to a playoff win for the first time since 1991 last year, and he's posted 12,258 yards, 78 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions through his first 48 games with the organization. He's now under contract through the 2028 season and will remain a fringe QB1 option in fantasy football as long as his offensive weapons remain on the roster. Given his job security and upside in Detroit's offense, he should be viewed as a strong dynasty QB2 in superflex formats.

    May 13 · Source via Detroit Lions Jared Goff
  • Lions Sign Parker Hesse On Monday

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    The Detroit Lions signed free-agent tight end Parker Hesse to an undisclosed deal on Monday. Hesse entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa in 2021 with the Atlanta Falcons. He has spent all three of his seasons in the NFL with the Falcons and has totaled 14 receptions on 17 targets for 132 yards and no touchdowns in 28 games played (eight starts). The 28-year-old tight end played in only three games last year in Atlanta while also playing 28 snaps on special teams. In his three games played, Hesse wasn't targeted at all in the passing game. He'll merely be hoping to stick around on Detroit's roster after training camp and the preseason while providing depth at the position behind Sam LaPorta, Brock Wright, James Mitchell and Shane Zylstra.

    May 13 · Source via Detroit Lions Parker Hesse
  • Kaden Davis Heading To Lions

    The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Kaden Davis to a one-year deal on Sunday. The 25-year-old was waived by the Arizona Cardinals in April. Davis spent most of the season with Arizona but was only active for one game. He attended the Lions rookie camp and impressed the team enough to earn a contract. He'll have an uphill battle to make the roster but has a chance to hang on as a depth option heading into next season.

    May 12 · Source via Detroit Lions Kaden Davis
  • Lions Sign 15 UDFAs

    The Lions came away with five rookies over the course of the draft. The 2024 event's hosts have added to that group with 15 undrafted players. Here are Detroit's rookie free agent signings: Jalon Calhoun, WR (Duke) Steele Chambers, LB (Ohio State) Duke Clemens, OL (UCLA) Kingsley Eguakun, OL (Florida) Chelen Garnes, S (Wake Forest) DaRon Gilbert, LB (Northern Illinois) Hogan [...]

    May 10 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Detroit Lions
  • Jared Goff Extension A "High Priority" For Lions

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    Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff has vastly exceeded expectations since being traded from the Los Angeles Rams to Detroit ahead of the 2021 season. The former No. 1 overall pick has thrown for 12,258 yards, 78 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions through his first 48 games with the organization. More importantly, he led the team to Detroit's first playoff win since 1991 last year, and he had the San Francisco 49ers on the ropes in the NFC Championship game. He did not sign a contract extension along with right tackle Penei Sewell and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown two weeks ago, but general manager Brad Holmes said the two sides are working on a deal. "He's earned an extension. It's important, it's a high priority for us. Both sides are working really, really hard. These things just take time," Holmes said. "In a perfect world, we would've had all three of them done. Bang, bang, bang. But these things just kind of take a while, especially with the quarterback market, but I do have faith that it's gonna get done." Assuming Goff receives a high-dollar multi-year deal, his dynasty value with be secure over the next three or four years. While his ceiling is capped by a lack of rushing upside, he should remain a fringe QB1 as long as the Lions retain key offensive linemen and pass-catching weapons.

    May 9 · Source via Detroit Lions Jared Goff Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • Lions Sign DT Kyle Peko

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    Kyle Peko has made his way around this site's transaction posts over the years, bouncing to a few teams and on and off practice squads. But the veteran defensive tackle has continued to generate interest despite working mostly as a backup. A stint with the Titans last year brought new territory -- regular starter run [...]

    May 7 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Kyle Peko
  • Kyle Peko Lands With Lions

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    The Detroit Lions signed veteran defensive lineman Kyle Peko on Tuesday, the team announced on X. Originally undrafted out of the class of 2016, Peko has spent time with the Denver Broncos (two stints), Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans (two stints), and Las Vegas Raiders. Overall, he has racked up 57 total tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, two passes defended, and 8.5 run stuffs in 42 games. With Alim McNeill and DJ Reader occupying starting roles on the interior, Peko is competing for a backup and rotational role.

    May 7 · Source via Detroit Lions Kyle Peko
  • C.J. Moore Re-Signs With Lions After Serving Suspension

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    The Detroit Lions are re-signing safety C.J. Moore to a one-year deal, according to NFL.com. The 28-year-old was suspended all of last season for violating the league's gambling policy, but he was recently reinstated and gets another chance with Detroit. Originally undrafted out of the class of 2019, Moore has played in 56 regular season games (all for Detroit). He's racked up 48 total tackles, one fumble recovery, one interception, and two pass deflections through his first five years in the league. Assuming he makes the 53-man roster, he'll primarily serve as a special-teamer and backup option to starters Brian Branch and Kerby Joseph.

    May 7 · Source via Detroit Lions C.J. Moore
  • Lions Trade Up, Move To No. 189

    The Lions have moved up in the 2024 NFL Draft, trading up to No. 189 overall. With their new sixth-round pick, Detroit is adding LSU defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo. In return for the move, the Texans will be receiving the Lions' No. 205 pick in the sixth round and No. 249 pick in the seventh [...]

    Apr 27 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Detroit Lions
  • Lions Send Jets 2025 Third-Rounder For No. 126

    After the Dolphins sent a 2025 third-rounder to the Eagles, the Lions are making a similar move. To climb to No. 126, Detroit is dealing a 2025 third-rounder to the Jets. The Lions are using the newly acquired choice to draft tackle Giovanni Manu, who played at the University of British Columbia (Canada). The 6-foot-8, [...]

    Apr 27 · Pro Football Rumors NFL Draft Detroit Lions New York Jets
  • Lions Trade Up To Select Terrion Arnold With The 24th Overall Pick

    The Detroit Lions traded up to the No. 24 spot with the Dallas Cowboys to bolster their secondary with Alabama defensive back Terrion Arnold. Arnold intercepted five passes last season and yet he is not afraid to defend the run and initiate contact. The Lions were near the bottom of the pack with 375 total points allowed and total passing yards allowed with 3,846. The Lions saw this need and already began to address it with the free-agent acquisition of Amik Robertson from Las Vegas and the selection of Arnold will improve on the work done in the offseason.

    Apr 25 · Source via NFL Draft Detroit Lions Terrion Arnold
  • Why Lions gave St. Brown, Sewell a record-breaking $162M in guaranteed money

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    The Lions spent big to keep 2021 draftees Amon-Ra St. Brown and Penei Sewell in Detroit through 2028.

    Apr 24 · ESPN Detroit Lions Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • Lions, WR Amon-Ra St. Brown Agree On Extension

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    5:25pm: St. Brown will collect $35.28MM fully guaranteed at signing, as detailed by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. That figure includes a $16.5MM signing bonus and guaranteed base salaries in 2024 and '25. St. Brown's salary in 2026 is set at $27.5MM, and it will shift to a full guarantee next year. Likewise, much of [...]

    Apr 24 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • Source: Lions, WR St. Brown reach $120M deal

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    The Lions and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown have agreed to a four-year, $120 million extension that includes $77 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN.

    Apr 24 · ESPN Detroit Lions Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • No New Deal "Imminent" For Jared Goff

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    Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff had a monster 2023 season, throwing for 4,575 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He led Detroit to the No. 3 seed in the NFC and the organization won two playoff games in a single postseason for the first time since 1957. On Wednesday, the team signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and offensive tackle Penei Sewell to high-dollar four-year contract extensions, but Goff is reportedly not close to agreeing to a new long-term deal. According to Adam Schefter, no new deal is "imminent" as of now. This will be an interesting development to watch play out, as the former Los Angeles Rams No. 1 overall pick is entering the final year of his contract in the Motor City and could become a free agent next offseason.

    Apr 24 · Source via Detroit Lions Jared Goff
  • Penei Sewell Becomes Highest-Paid Offensive Lineman

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    Detroit Lions All-Pro offensive tackle Penei Sewell agreed to terms on a four-year, $112 million contract extension with the Lions on Wednesday that makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. The deal also includes $85 million guaranteed. The Lions were active in keeping several key contributors of their offense around for the long term, as they also gave receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown a four-year extension that makes him the highest-paid wideout in the league for the time being. Sewell, who was drafted seventh overall in 2021 out of Oregon, has made the Pro Bowl each of the last two years and was a first-time All-Pro in 2023. The 23-year-old has been a big reason for the Lions' resurgence in the last two years.

    Apr 24 · Source via Detroit Lions Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • Lions Agree To Four-Year Extension With Amon-Ra St. Brown

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    The Detroit Lions agreed to a four-year contract extension with wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown on Wednesday that is worth $120 million with $77 million guaranteed. The deal makes St. Brown the highest-paid receiver in the league and ties him with Miami's Tyreek Hill in average annual value ($30 million). The 24-year-old former fourth-round pick in 2021 out of USC has been an excellent value for Detroit. He's made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and put up career-highs in catches (119), targets (164), receiving yards (1,515) and touchdowns (10) in 16 regular-season games in his third year in the NFL in 2024. With Quarterback Jared Goff still peppering St. Brown with targets in 2024, he'll continue to serve as a high-end WR1 for fantasy managers.

    Apr 24 · Source via Detroit Lions Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • Kerby Joseph Won't Be Cleared To Practice Until Training Camp

    Detroit Lions safety Kerby Joseph (arm) will not be cleared to practice until training camp this summer while he recovers from an arm injury. Joseph suffered the arm injury during the NFC Championship game loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and it's going to keep him out of workouts this spring. But as long as the 23-year-old doesn't suffer a setback when he gets back on the field in training camp, he should be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season and will operate as Detroit's starting free safety. The former third-rounder in 2022 out of Illinois has recorded 164 tackles (124 solo), eight interceptions, 19 passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 32 games (29 starts) in his first two years in the NFL. When healthy, Joseph is on the fantasy radar in IDP leagues for depth at the DB position.

    Apr 18 · Source via Detroit Lions Kerby Joseph
  • Lions, LT Taylor Decker Discussing Extension

    About to last through three uniform periods as the Lions' left tackle, Taylor Decker has one season remaining on a contract he signed back in September 2020. The Lions have Penei Sewell on track for a big-ticket extension and have paid center Frank Ragnow, but a third Decker contract is also on Detroit's radar. Decker [...]

    Apr 17 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Taylor Decker
  • Lions, Jared Goff Have Discussed Extension

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    Following another successful season in Detroit, there was optimism that the Lions and Jared Goff would agree to an extension this offseason. While it's been relatively quiet on that front over the past few months, it sounds like the two sides have privately started negotiations. The quarterback told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press [...]

    Apr 16 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Jared Goff
  • Taylor Decker Had Offseason Surgery

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    Detroit Lions left tackle Taylor Decker (ankle, foot) said on Tuesday that he underwent surgery on his ankle and foot this offseason. The surgery was related to an injury that he's been dealing with since college. Decker said he feels great walking around now. He'll be limited this spring but should be fine for the start of the 2024 regular season this fall. Despite not being 100 percent healthy last year, the 29-year-old only missed two regular-season games for the Lions and played in all three of their playoff contests. The former 16th overall pick by Detroit in the 2016 NFL draft out of Ohio State is one of the big reasons why the Lions' offense has soared in recent seasons as he's protected quarterback Jared Goff's blind side.

    Apr 16 · Source via Detroit Lions Taylor Decker Jared Goff
  • Jared Goff Expected To Receive Big Money

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    According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, speaking on Sunday morning's episode of SportsCenter, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is expected to receive a contract extension worth $45-50 million per year. The veteran signal-caller has been open about his fondness for Detroit. It appears the franchise is also pleased with his performance, considering the Lions made it to the NFC Championship and narrowly beat the 49ers to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. Without a doubt, Goff has been instrumental in turning things around for the Lions. He finished the 2023-24 campaign by amassing 4,575 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, some of the best numbers of his career. From a fantasy standpoint, Goff's stock has never been higher, especially since he has plenty of weapons in his arsenal, including Amon-Ra St. Brown, who finished the year as one of the league's most potent wideouts. Nonetheless, both sides still have some things to work out, although a new deal could come soon.

    Apr 14 · Source via Detroit Lions Jared Goff
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