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 10 years ago '04        #261
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Lions Team Report

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The Lions didn’t sign Asante Samuel. They showed interest in Drayton Florence and Randall Gay but didn’t get them, either. But they moved quickly to address their biggest weakness—the secondary.

They released cornerback Fernando Bryant and re-signed cornerbacks Travis Fisher and Keith Smith. They acquired cornerback Leigh Bodden in a trade with Cleveland. They signed safety Dwight Smith and cornerback Brian Kelly and signed safety Kalvin Pearson, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet.

Bodden is coming off the best season of his career statistically—16 starts, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries—and he expects to play a large role.
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“I want to be the guy,” Bodden said. “That’s what I plan to do here. … Detroit, they had a pretty good season, first eight games, and then kind of fell off. I want to help the team get over that hump and make the playoffs.”

Smith, Kelly and Pearson all have played for Tampa Bay, and coach Rod Marinelli, defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jimmy Lake all have coached for the Buccaneers. Marinelli said familiarity with players was “a big positive.”

So did Smith.

“I already know Rod Marinelli and I know the type of ship he’s running, and Joe Barry was basically in the next room from me for four years while I was in Tampa,” Smith said. “Just the familiarity with everybody and to know they’ve got that headed in the right direction. I would love to be a part of the turnaround of the franchise.”

Smith said he could be like a coach in the locker room and on the field.

“Outside of making plays on the field, I feel like I could be a guy who lets guys know that this system really works,” Smith said. “I’ve been in this system, won a Super Bowl in this system and seen a lot guys make a lot of plays and make a lot of money and make a lot of Pro Bowls in this system.”

Barry sounded excited about the additions of Bodden and Smith—before Kelly was even added to the fold.

“They improve us,” Barry said. “They make us better. You say, ‘Well, how do they make us better?’ Well, you simply just look at the production.”

But Barry would like to add another corner in free agency.

“I’m greedy,” Barry said. “I want to get as many good football players as we possibly can. So, yeah, hopefully we’re not done.”

Pearson’s deal is for three years and worth $3.5 million, with a $1.1 million signing bonus. If the Buccaneers don’t match, the Lions land Pearson and don’t have to give up any draft choice compensation.

Notes, Quotes

• First, the Lions traded defensive tackle Shaun Rogers to Cincinnati for third- and fifth-round picks. Then, they traded him to Cleveland for a third-round pick and cornerback Leigh Bodden. The Lions had been talking to the Browns, but Cleveland general manager Phil Savage wavered. “Ultimately they found a different trading partner, and we essentially thought it was over with,” Savage said. “I texted Matt and said, ‘Hey, congratulations. If something changes or something were to happen, you know, let us know.’ And about five o’clock (that) night he called me back and said that the trade had not worked. It had fallen through. Would we still be interested? And we were.” The NFL nixed the Cincinnati trade because it did not approve of language in the agreement.

• Rogers’ agent vehemently denied his client chose Cleveland over Cincinnati. Booth Newspapers reported Rogers helped nullify a trade to Cincinnati and engineer a deal to Cleveland, because he wasn’t willing to move back a $1 million roster bonus for the Bengals and then agreed do it for the Browns. But Rogers’ agent, Kennard McGuire, said Rogers was never asked to move back the bonus for any particular suitor. He said Rogers agreed to move back the bonus so the Lions could have more time to work out a trade. “There was no preferential treatment here,” McGuire said. “We felt all along that a change of scenery would be best for the Lions and Shaun Rogers. Had we not moved back the bonus, Shaun would still be property of the Detroit Lions.”

• Apparently the Rogers trade was bittersweet for Millen, but sweet for Savage. Asked about Rogers’ problems in Detroit, Savage said: “That’s a lot of talk out there. Obviously we’ve talked to Shaun about him coming to Cleveland, that possibility. He seemed to be excited about it. I think the situation, the environment, this will be a fresh start, a new lease on life for him. Matt Millen would say the same thing. He loves Shaun Rogers, and he told me yesterday, ‘I’ve already told my people, “Now that they’ve added Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams together, wow.” ‘Because he really thinks a lot of Shaun. But unfortunately it wasn’t going to work out there for him, so he needed a change of scenery.”

• Tight end Michael Gaines signed a four-year deal worth $10 million with $3 million guaranteed. He is known for his blocking, but he considers himself an old-school tight end who can catch the ball, too. “I have an opportunity to be the guy here,” Gaines said. “This gives me an great opportunity to put my mark on the game.” The Lions already have a starting tight end, Dan Campbell. But Campbell is recovering from a serious elbow injury. “We’ll gel,” Gaines said. “When he gets here, we’ll party.”

• Gaines, a four-year veteran who played in Buffalo last year, visited Kansas City before Detroit. What attracted him to the Lions? “Really, the 6-2,” Gaines said. “Detroit’s always been a team always almost there, even back in Barry Sanders’ days. It was almost getting to this, almost getting to that. I believe in the vision of the coach.” What about the 1-7 finish? “No, that didn’t drive me away, because every team has their little letdown or whatever,” Gaines said. “I’d been a part of that before, but hopefully I can be a piece of that puzzle and help them get over the top.”

Quote To Note: “You know that they’re not being the same, old Lions, because when I was growing up, we always felt that the only reason we didn’t get over the top, we didn’t try to spend the money on the right players.”—S Dwight Smith, who grew up in Detroit, after signing with the Lions.

Strategy And Personnel

Franchise Player: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• S Idrees Bashir could be back because the Lions need depth in the secondary.

• RB Tatum Bell was left out of the lineup the last 11 games last year, but the Lions are trying to re-sign him. He probably will leave.

• OT George Foster struggled at right tackle and was benched multiple times—finally permanently. Won’t be back.

• DE Corey Smith is a valuable role player who finds ways to make plays. Rod Marinelli wants him back.

• OT Barry Stokes was signed late in the season when the Lions had problems on the offensive line. He was cut earlier, though, and probably won’t be back.

• WR Troy Walters was a solid fifth receiver and return man. The Lions would like him back.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

• DB LaMarcus Hicks (not tendered as ERFA) has been unremarkable, but he could be brought back for depth.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• DL Langston Moore (tendered at $927,000 with 6th-round pick as compensation) was a valuable role player with a knack for making players. Marinelli will want him back.

• QB Dan Orlovsky (tendered at $927,000 with 5th-round pick as compensation) has gotten virtually no chance to play since being drafted in the fifth round in 2005. The Lions might want to see what they’ve got.

• G Stephen Peterman (tendered at $927,000 with 3rd-round pick as compensation) beat out Damien Woody for the starting right guard job. The coaches love his toughness.

• CB Stanley Wilson (tendered at $927,000 with 3rd-round pick as compensation) has not developed as expected. He lost his job as a starting corner in 2007. But he’s a young player, and the Lions need depth.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

• DB Greg Blue played well in a brief stint at safety and could be brought back for depth.

• WR Devale Ellis spent 2007 in the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury.

• TE Sean McHugh started at tight end after Dan Campbell was injured in 2007. It is unclear how he fits into the Lions’ plans now that Campbell is healthy and Mike Martz is gone.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• CB Leigh Bodden (trade Browns).

• DT Chuck Darby: UFA Seahawks; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

• TE Michael Gaines: UFA Bills; $10M/4 yrs, $3M guaranteed.

• OG Corey Hulsey: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• CB Brian Kelly: UFA Buccaneers; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

• S Dwight Smith: FA Vikings; $5M/2 yrs, $350,000 SB/$300,000 reporting bonus; 2008 cap: $1.825M.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

• RB Aveion Cason: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

• CB Travis Fisher: UFA; $9M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

• CB Keith Smith: Potential UFA; $5M/2 yrs, SB unknown.

• TE John Owens: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

• LB Boss Bailey: UFA Broncos; $17.5M/5 yrs, $4.35M SB.

• CB Fernando Bryant (released).

• RB T.J. Duckett: UFA Seahawks; $17M/5 yrs, $5M guaranteed.

• LB Teddy Lehman: UFA Buccaneers; terms unknown.

• QB J.T. O’Sullivan: UFA 49ers; $645,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.

• DT Shaun Rogers (traded Browns).

• T/G Damien Woody: UFA Jets; $25.5M/5 yrs, $8.75M guaranteed.
 03-13-2008, 03:37 PM         #262
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now theyre saying we're getting rid of jones, there goes any running game we had
 10 years ago '04        #263
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 genuwineplayer said:
now theyre saying we're getting rid of jones, there goes any running game we had
Kevin Jones already is gone man.....I think we might try to get Rice in the draft, would be a decent back
 10 years ago '04        #264
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we're going 10-6 this season we're apolished team thi year just wait and seee ya heard me
 9 years ago '05        #265
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I cant believe we let the bi*ch a.ss Bears take Jones from us
We ever going to get a good GM??? for fu*k sakes
 9 years ago '04        #266
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 b_eazy said:
I cant believe we let the bi*ch a.ss Bears take Jones from us
We ever going to get a good GM??? for fu*k sakes
Why in the fu*k haven't we gone after Shaun Alexander? I know he's got a suspect ankle, but hell he's a vet, we have a decent rookie running back who could use that leadership


 9 years ago '04        #267
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I heard we trying to get Takeo Spikes . I hope we do our D would mos def be alot better
 08-11-2008, 07:09 PM         #268
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na yall aint gona get spikes

he dont wana go to a garbage team

aka lions
 9 years ago '04        #269
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 QueenzBaller26 said:
na yall aint gona get spikes

he dont wana go to a garbage team

aka lions
have you ever passed a spelling test?
 09-07-2008, 01:19 PM         #270
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yall suck so bad
 9 years ago '04        #271
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@ there being no Lions fans posting in here
 9 years ago '04        #272
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 bangabi*ch said:
the lions have fans?


I really feel bad for Lions fans :(

What do ya'll think can be done to fix this team?
 9 years ago '04        #273
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 GoldynChyld421 said:


I really feel bad for Lions fans :(

What do ya'll think can be done to fix this team?
I think what they should do right now, is sign Dante...what's the worst that can happen? Orlovsky and Stanton aren't ready, and sh*tna is just a joke. Stupid Matt Millen gave up Big Baby for Leigh Bodden who gets blown past by middle schoolers.

I don't wanna give up on Rod yet, because he hasn't really had any control until this year...Everyone is frustrated right now you can tell, Roy was saying before the season started that he wants to stay in Detroit, now he's acting like a school girl.

Oh well, I always have the Cowboys (liked them since I was a baby watching with my grandpa)
 9 years ago '04        #274
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 9 years ago '04        #275
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Culpepper....well, he should be 100% by now..maybe he can start airing it out to Calvin like he was doing to Randy in Minnesota
 9 years ago '08        #276
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Has anyone ever met a Lions fan from outside the Michigan state line?
 9 years ago '04        #277
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 boxden1018 said:
Has anyone ever met a Lions fan from outside the Michigan state line?
:greetings10:
 9 years ago '04        #278
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I know plenty of lions fans from outside of MI

unlike other teams

we have loyal fans thats follow us even when we suck badly

and adored us when we winning

thats a true fan...


unlike most nfl teams they got a few dieheards and a buncha bandwagoners
 9 years ago '06        #279
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Schwartz was the best option open for the Lions, but surely not the best coach available. Every coach interviewing for a head coach position didn't chomp at the bit to get stuck in Detroit. Not only are we rebuilding in-house (makes no sense) but the head coach has little say in personnel hiring and firing, among other things.
 9 years ago '06        #280
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updated the first post.

mike furrey has been released, more names to follow.
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