Lions need a new kicker: Prater signs with Cardinals
Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater (5) celebrates a game-winning extra point against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. The Detroit Lions won 23-22. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)The Detroit Lions will need a new kicker next season. Prater, 36, made two Pro Bowls as a Lions kicker, as well as a slew of clutch game-winning kicks for the team over the years. pic.twitter.com/ZVsiHz1y4D — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 17, 2021The new Lions kicker could be on the roster already: The team signed Steelers kicker Matthew Wright to a futures contract in January.
Report: Rams sending veteran DT Michael Brockers to Lions
Los Angeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90) celebrates after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis )LOS ANGELES – A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Rams are finalizing a trade sending veteran defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the Detroit Lions. Brockers has been a stalwart on the Rams' defensive line for the past nine seasons after they chose him with general manager Les Snead's first draft pick in St. Louis in 2012. Brockers teamed up with All-Pro Aaron Donald in 2015 and built a formidable tandem on the Rams' defensive line, and they were joined last year by Sebastian Joseph-Day in a breakout season. With the departure of long snapper Jake McQuaide to the Dallas Cowboys this week, Brockers and punter Johnny Hekker were the Rams' longest-tenured players. With running back Malcolm Brown's impending departure for Miami, Hekker, Donald and right tackle Rob Havenstein will be the only remaining St. Louis Rams on Los Angeles' roster.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford requests trade: Where could he land?
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford warms up before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif. Since the start of last year, Matthew Stafford has had to deal with a health scare involving his wife, his own injury problems -- and more recently, a coronavirus test that the team later described as a false positive. Ross Cameron, File)Longtime Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has requested a trade -- and the rumor mill is moving fast. The Lions are reportedly seeking a first-round pick for Stafford in any trade scenario. Stafford is the Lions all-time franchise leader in all major offensive passing categories.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford requests trade amid front office overhaul
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)The Matthew Stafford era could be coming to an end in Detroit. ESPN reports Campbell and Holmes were told that Stafford was not expected to be with the team before they were hired. “They knew the situation and still embraced it.”Stafford is the Lions all-time franchise leader in all major offensive passing categories. Stafford, 32, was drafted by Detroit first overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Report: Detroit Lions to hire Saints assistant Dan Campbell as head coach
(Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)The Detroit Lions have agreed to a deal with New Orleans Saints assistant coach Dan Campbell to become the team’s next head coach, according to reports. Campbell is expected to bring fellow Saints assistant Aaron Glenn to Detroit as defensive coordinator. Dan Campbell and the #Lions have agreed in principle to a six-year contract, per source. The #Saints assistant head coach is expected to take Aaron Glenn with him as defensive coordinator. — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 20, 2021Campbell has head coaching experience -- as an interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2015.
Report: Detroit Lions expected to hire Saints assistant Dan Campbell as head coach
(Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)The Detroit Lions are reportedly planning to hire New Orleans Saints assistant coach Dan Campbell as the team’s next head coach. Now that New Orleans has been eliminated, the Lions are expected to hire Saints’ Asst HC/TEs Dan Campbell as their next HC, per sources. The two sides still need to work out a deal, but it is not considered an obstacle, and Campbell will be the Lions next head coach. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2021Campbell has head coaching experience -- as an interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2015. If Campbell is the guy, the Lions won’t be able to hire him until the Saints season is over.
Report: Detroit Lions eye Saints assistant Dan Campbell for head coach job
SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Interim head coach Dan Campbell of the Miami Dolphins looks at the video board from the sidelines against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)The Detroit Lions are reportedly targeting New Orleans Saints assistant coach Dan Campbell as the team’s next head coach. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Campbell has emerged as the favorite to land the gig:#Saints assistant head coach/TEs coach Dan Campbell has emerged as the favorite to be the new #Lions head coach, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2021Rapoport added: “Dan Campbell has impressed with his leadership in New Orleans. If Campbell is the guy, the Lions won’t be able to hire him until the Saints season is over.
The Lions not landing hometown favorite Robert Saleh is classic Lions
Saleh was the favorite to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions. We don’t know if Saleh didn’t want the Lions job, or if the Lions weren’t interested in Saleh, but either way -- not being able to land Saleh is just classic Lions. No, I’m still very much attached.”If Robert Saleh interviewed with the Lions and decided it wasn’t the right situation for him -- then fine. Related: Bipartisan Michigan lawmakers endorse Robert Saleh as next Lions coachIf the Lions passed on Saleh, that’s an entirely different issue. Saleh is off to the Jets and the Lions are losing out on top candidates for head coach.
Report: Detroit Lions to hire Rams scouting director Brad Holmes as next general manager
The Detroit Lions are planning to hire Los Angeles Rams Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, according to reports. The #Lions have agreed to terms on a 5-year deal with #Rams Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes as their new GM, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2021Lions expected to hire Los Angeles Rams' director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, per source. He began as a public relations intern in 2003 and moved into scouting the following year as a scouting assistant. Holmes worked as a national combine scout, area scout and national scout before becoming the director of college scouting in 2013 and one of Rams GM Les Snead’s most trusted members of the front office.
Detroit Lions GM, head coach search: Where things stand
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)The search for a new Detroit Lions general manager and head coach is heating up. The Lions have confirmed several candidates to replace former general manager Bob Quinn and former head coach Matt Patricia, as interviews pick up following the end of the NFL regular season. Former NFL executive Scott Pioli interviewed the week of Dec. 21Former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff interviewed the week of Dec. 21. Former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis interviewed the week of Jan. 4. Interim Lions head coach Darrell Bevell will interview for the job the week of Jan. 4.
Reports: Lions to interview Thomas Dimitroff, Louis Riddick for GM job
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)DETROIT – The search for a new Detroit Lions general manager is heating up. ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Louis Riddick is interviewing today for the Houston Texans’ general manager job, sources tell @mortreport and me. Riddick then is scheduled to interview Friday for the Lions’ GM job. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports the Lions will interview former Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff next week. The #Lions plan to interview former #Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff next week for their GM job, per sources.
Bipartisan Michigan lawmakers endorse Robert Saleh as next Lions coach
In an open letter to the Detroit Lions, a group of Michigan lawmakers are endorsing Dearborn native and 49ers defensive coach Robert Saleh as the team’s next head coach. For many in our state, and across the globe, the Detroit Lions hold a special place in our lives. We look forward to future success through transitioning to a new manager and head coach.”“Speaking of head coach, we have one name in mind — Robert Saleh,” the letter continues. Ultimately, it’ll be up to the new general manager to hire a new head coach. More: 4 candidates for next Detroit Lions head coach
With no real fans at games, Detroit Lions offer fan cutouts to fill seats
DETROIT The Detroit Lions wont have any real fans at their first two home games -- and perhaps even more -- but you can send your cardboard cutout to fill your seat. The Detroit Lions announced today that fans can still be a part of game day at Ford Field by purchasing cutouts which will be placed in the lower bowl end zones for home games. Should the Lions have an opportunity to host fans at Ford Field later this season, cutouts may be moved to other seats within the stadium. With proceeds benefiting Detroit Lions Charities, full season cutouts are available for purchase for $150 for the general public and $125 for Lions Season Ticket Members. Though the enthusiasm and energy Lions fans bring to Ford Field on game days cant be replaced, we are excited to offer an alternative representation of that support at home games this season, said Detroit Lions Senior Vice President of Business Development Kelly Kozole.
Detroit Lions, Taylor Decker agree to 6-year, $85M deal
DETROIT Taylor Decker has agreed to a six-year, $85 million deal with the Detroit Lions that includes $37.5 million guaranteed, agent Jonathan Feinsod confirmed Tuesday. Decker joined the Lions as a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2016. He became the first Detroit rookie offensive tackle to start all 16 games since 2001. After impressing as a rookie, he missed the start of the 2017 season following shoulder surgery and played only eight games that year. Decker's deal adds to the investment the Lions have made in their offensive line this offseason.