Reports Say the Lions Working on a Huge Deal with QB Matthew Stafford

The Lions are talking about a deal for one of their star players – a VERY big deal.

Reports from NFL.com state that the Lions are looking at making their star QB, Matthew Stafford, the highest paid quarterback in the game, as the team and player try to hammer out a new deal.

Here’s some of the NFL.com article:

Lions president Rod Wood recently suggested he’s comfortable making Matthew Stafford the highest-paid player in the NFL if that’s what it takes to find common ground on a new contract.

Set to enter the final season of a three-year, $53 million extension, Stafford might just have a new deal by the time Detroit’s training camp opens July 31.

Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of NFL Total Access, NFL Network’s Stacey Dales reported there is “internal optimism” at team headquarters that a new agreement will be reached in the next two weeks.

Reports say that Stafford is looking to make the type of money that the Raiders gave Derek Carr, their star QB who was recently given a five-year deal worth $125 million.

Report: Former Lions WR Calvin Johnson Gave Back $1 Million from Signing Bonus

Calvin Johnson paid back the Lions a lot more than originally thought from his signing bonus and wrote the team a check for at least $1 million, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the franchise’s greatest receiver made a payment to the Lions for at least seven figures when he retired in March 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.

Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said today the team had no comment on how much money Johnson has paid back.

Johnson was unavailable for comment

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Lions Coach Jim Caldwell Says Organization Concerned About Comments From WR Calvin Johnson

When one of the great players in the history of your team comes out and says some not so nice things about the team that made him famous, you have to take note.

That’s exactly what took place when former Lions wide out Calvin Johnson made some comments about the team he played for, stating recently that he “didn’t feel like I was treated the way I should have been treated on the way out that.”

The comments didn’t sit well with Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who today said entire organization, from owner Martha Ford on down, is concerned about Johnson’s words.

“I think all of us within the organization, top to bottom, Mrs. Ford down through Bob (Quinn) and the Ford children, everybody, we’re all concerned about any time we hear one of our alumni aren’t happy, particularly with how we feel about our alumni around here,” Caldwell said in his first news conference of organized team activities (OTAs).

Caldwell and Johnson are long time pals, and said that he’s hopeful the two can chat soon and work out their differences of opinion about what Johnson thinks about the way he was treated.

“Playing in the National Football League for a team is like a family,” Caldwell said. “And families sometimes have disagreements. They look at things a little differently. I have grown children and sometimes we look at things a little differently. And we hash them out and we talk about them in dialogue, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love them. But we get the differences worked out and I think the same thing will happen in this situation.

“Maybe it’s a disagreement and a little different viewpoint but the most important thing I think is perhaps this whole will bring about a little more dialogue. Now, how long that will take, I’m not certain. I’m not putting any parameters on it. But I think there will probably be a little discussion, which I think will be a good thing.”

Senior Personnel Executive Brian Xanders Leaves the Lions

Senior personnel executive Brian Xanders has left the Lions, Nate Atkins of Mlive reports.

Xanders spent the past four years with the Lions, handling duties such as college scouting, pro personnel, advance scouting, coaching research/analytics and football information systems development, according to the team website. He came to the Lions in 2013 after a four-year stint as the Denver Broncos general manager.

Lions to Host Former Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata

The Lions are set to host former Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata, Nate Atkins of Mlive reports.

Asiata will take part in the team’s rookie minicamp this week, something veterans have an option of doing, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Tuesday on Twitter.

Asiata, who turns 30 in July, was mostly a goal-line specialist as part of the depth package behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. He scored six touchdowns on just 121 carries in six starts last season.

Lions Pickup Fifth-Year Option on Tight End Eric Ebron

The Lions have picked up the option for tight end Eric Ebron, not a surprise considering he’s one of Matthew Stafford’s favorite targets.

Last season for the playoff bound Lions Ebron had 61 catches for 711 yards and one score, and in his career he’s pulled in 133 catches for 1496 and seven touchdowns.

A Rundown of All the Detroit Lions 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Lions 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 21 (21st overall)

Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida: The Lions had arguably the worst linebacking group in the league during the 2016 season, and they were not in much better shape headed into Thursday. Enter Davis, a three-down defender who just needs to stay healthy. He was unable to do so at Florida, but Detroit obviously feels comfortable enough with him after all the headaches caused by DeAndre Levy’s injury issues in recent seasons. Davis shouldn’t leave the field much—his coverage skills will keep him out there in sub-packages. Davis’s career always will be compared with that of Reuben Foster, still on the board here. GRADE: B?

Round 2, Pick 21 (No. 53)

Teez Tabor, CB, Florida: Once a first-round contender, Tabor’s stock tumbled quite a bit after he topped 4.6 seconds in his combine 40. So, the straight-line speed may not be there, but Tabor is quick enough to succeed as an NFL cornerback and he has the alpha-dog mentality required for such a task. We had him ranked No. 52; he went No. 53, so that’s pretty spot on. Grade: B+

Round 3, Pick 32 (No. 96)

Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois: It’s not hard to see why the Lions looked this way: They don’t have much at receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, and they really could use a physical weapon outside. Golladay could be that, in time. Right now, he’s a big body in need of a lot of refinement.? Grade: C+

Round 4, Pick 18 (No. 124) (From New England) Jalen Reeves-Maybin, OLB, Tennessee

Round 4, Pick 21 (No. 127) Michael Roberts, TE, University of Toledo

Round 5, Pick 21 (No. 165) Jamal Agnew, CB, San Diego

Round 6, Pick 21 (No. 205) Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE, Arkansas

Round 6, Pick 32 (No. 215) (From New England) Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

Round 7, Pick 32 (No. 250) (From New England) Pat O’Connor, DE, Eastern Michigan

With the 21st Pick in the NFL Draft…the Detroit Lions select….

Jarrad Davis, Linebacker out of Florida!!!!