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The Detroit Pistons lose the NBA Draft lottery once again

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The NFL has long avoided adopting any sort of draft lottery system. The worst team earns the top pick every year. It’s a system that has generally served the league, not to mention the Detroit Lions, pretty well over the years.

The NBA, of course, has had a draft lottery for almost 40 years now. The worst team doesn’t get the first pick automatically. In fact, the team with the worst record can fall to fifth in the draft if they don’t get lucky in the weighted lottery.

Such is the case for the Detroit Pistons. For the second year in a row, the Pistons had the NBA’s worst record in the regular season. And for the second year in a row, the Pistons got the worst possible outcome in the NBA draft lottery. They will pick fifth despite having a franchise-worst 14-68 record.

In the NBA’s system, the Atlanta Hawks catapulted from having the 10th-worst record to the No. 1 pick. That’s akin to the New York Jets vaulting from the 10th pick in the 2024 NFL draft to the top spot on the fate...

Lions not expected to earn any compensatory picks in the 2025 NFL draft

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Despite some Lions players from last season signing lucrative free agent deals elsewhere this offseason, Detroit is not projected to earn any compensatory selections in the 2025 NFL Draft.

The latest projections for 2025 comp picks from both NFL.com and Over The Cap do not include the Lions among those teams receiving any. The Lions are one of 17 teams whose spending on incoming free agents canceled out the losses from the roster in the qualifying portion of free agency.

The formula for awarding compensatory picks isn’t completely known, but it’s based on a formula that balances the average per year (APY) value of contracts signed by qualified free agents departing the team against the APY value of free agents the team...

Lions select Missouri CB Ennis Rakestraw in the second round

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The Detroit Lions have selected Missouri cornerback Ennis Rakestraw with the No. 61 overall pick of the 2024 NFL draft.

Rakestraw joins a secondary that also added fellow SEC cornerback Terrion Arnold, from Alabama, in the first round one night earlier. He was a popular projection for Detroit throughout the draft process.

Here’s a quick snippet from our scouting report on Rakestraw,

Rakestraw is a good outside cornerback prospect with some legitimate questions about his ability to thrive at the next level. He’s smart, cat-quick, and at his best in the physical man coverage the Lions like to use outside. While he’s not a great run defender, he’s at least willing. His feet, hips and balance are all fantastic—traits a coaching staff can work with.

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Grading the Lions selection of Terrion Arnold in the first round

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GM Brad Holmes has once again demonstrated his willingness to make bold moves in the draft to secure top talent for the Detroit Lions. Trading up from the 29th to the 24th pick, Holmes orchestrated a move to acquire Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold, one of the premier defensive prospects in this year’s draft class.

The draft’s early focus on offensive players unexpectedly pushed down defensive talent, creating an opportunity for the Lions to snag Arnold. While many anticipated Arnold would be off the board before the Lions’ pick, Holmes recognized the exceptional value and didn’t hesitate to make the trade.

Arnold’s arrival addresses a significant need for the Lions, further fortifying a revamped cornerback room that includes additions such as Carlton Davis, Amik Robertson, and Emmanuel Moseley. Despite the cost of trading up, which left the Lions with limited draft capital and without a third-round selection, securing Arnold was deemed essential to bolstering the team’s...

The Lions reveal their new uniforms

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After lots of hype and speculation about the potential designs, the Detroit Lions unveiled their new uniform combinations on Thursday night.

It’s the first redesign of the team’s jerseys and base uniforms since the current regime of GM Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell took over before the 2021 season. The Lions have had the same basic design since the 2017 season.

The new jerseys feature a wider font in the numbers and changes to the striping and chest designs. The colors remain the same Honolulu blue and silver, and an alternate black third jersey has been added. They can be worn with all-black pants as well.

In addition, a third helmet featuring a base blue with black accents will debut in 2024.

Some examples, courtesy of the Lions:

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Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) during the 2024 uniform media day in New Hudson, MI on March 6, 2024. (Detroit...

Cam Sutton: Everything we know about the Lions CB's saga

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An unfortunate interruption to the NFL free agency and draft discussions hit Detroit on Wednesday. A warrant for the arrest of Lions cornerback Cam Sutton was released on social media by officials in Florida involving charges of domestic violence that include strangulation.

Sutton has been missing since the incident in the early hours of March 7th in the Tampa region. His phone and car remain unable to be found, too.

Here’s everything we know about the ongoing situation with Sutton, from the start to the most current. We’ll keep updating as we learn more facts.

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Arrest warrant issued for Lions CB Cameron Sutton

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Some disturbing offseason news on the Lions front: An arrest warrant has been issued in Florida for Detroit cornerback Cameron Sutton.

Hillsborough County posted the arrest warrant online after being unable to locate Sutton within their jurisdiction. The warrant cites aggravated battery – domestic violence.

The picture on the post eliminates any doubt that it’s the same Cameron Sutton who plays for the Lions.

𝐃𝐨 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐊𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐌𝐚𝐧?
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office needs your assistance in locating a wanted subject: Cameron Sutton, 29.

He is wanted for Aggravated Battery – Domestic Violence. He may be driving a Jeep Grand Wagoneer with a plate number of… pic.twitter.com/uwn7H0sSXo

— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) March 20, 2024

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Donovan Peoples-Jones signs with the Lions

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The Lions first activity of the offseason at wide receiver arrived on Saturday afternoon. Numerous reports indicate that free agent Donovan Peoples-Jones is heading back to Detroit on a one-year contract.

Per Aaron Wilson, it’s a one-year deal worth up to $2 million for Peoples-Jones to return to the Lions. Detroit acquired the 25-year-old from Cleveland at the trade deadline last fall.

In eight games with the Lions, the Detroit native (Cass Tech HS) caught five passes for 58 yards. Despite having experience as a return man in his Browns days, the Lions opted not to utilize Peoples-Jones in that capacity.

His return bolsters the wideout depth chart, which had lost him and starter Josh Reynolds as free agents. Reynolds remains unsigned.

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Lions agree to sign free agent CB Amik Robertson

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The Detroit Lions have agreed to a free agent contract with veteran cornerback Amik Robertson. Per various reports, it’s a two-year deal worth $9.25 million with the potential for Robertson to earn more.

Robertson has spent his entire NFL career with the Raiders. The 25-year-old has played in every game over the last two seasons. He’s a 5-foot-9 corner who was a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech in the 2020 NFL draft.

Robertson effectively confirmed the deal on his own social media,

Say Nomore. More Confident Than I Ever Been. Detroits Let’s Do It.
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— Amik Robertson (@_YoungTruth7) March 12, 2024

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Trade alert: Lions make a deal for Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a trade!

The Detroit Lions have traded a third-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange for the pick, Detroit will receive starting cornerback Carlton Davis, a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 sixth-round pick.

It’s a move that brings instant stability and credibility to the Lions at the outside cornerback position. Davis, 27, has started 75 games for Tampa Bay over the last six seasons.

The 6-foot-1 Davis is entering the final year of his contract. He is due $14.5 million for 2024 and will be an unrestricted free agent after the season unless the Lions agree to a contract extension.

Trade:

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Lions receive: CB Carlton Davis, Buccaneers 2024 6th-round pick and a 2025 6th-round pick.

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Buccaneers receive: Lions 2024 third-round pick.

— Adam Schefter...

C.J. Gardner-Johnson linked back to the Eagles in free agency

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C.J. Gardner-Johnson is one of several free agents from the Detroit Lions about to hit the open market. At least one source doesn’t believe “Ceedy Duce” is returning to Detroit and went on the record from the NFL Scouting Combine to link the versatile defensive back to another team.

From Tony Pauline at Sportskeeda,

The Philadelphia Eagles will look to bring in a safety in the offseason, via free agency or the draft. People at the combine get the sense that there’s a real chance the Eagles bring back C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who is scheduled to hit the free-agent market. Gardner-Johnson played for the Eagles in 2022 before signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions last year.

From the Lions side of the equation, there’s reason to increasingly believe he won’t be back in Detroit after one season. Gardner-Johnson missed 14 games with a pectoral...

Breaking down the NFLPA's report card for the Detroit Lions

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The NFLPA conducted a broad polling of its player constituency for the second year in a row. The player’s union published the report card for all 32 teams based on the 2023 player survey.

Detroit fared better in the 2023 survey and grading than the Lions did in 2022, the first year of the initiative launched by NFLPA president JC Tretter.

The full set of Lions grades from the NFLPA’s report card:

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Breaking down some of the individual categories, the Lions showed some improvement.

The training staff ranked 12th, but that’s a big step forward from last year’s No. 22 ranking. The Lions overhauled the training staff, and the reception to the changes has been...

Jalen Reeves-Maybin earned a record contract for a core special teams player

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The details of linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin’s new contract extension with the Detroit Lions are starting to come out. It’s a record-setting deal for the veteran LB and special teams ace.

Per his agent, Brian McLaughlin, Reeves-Maybin signed a two-year contract extension with the Lions worth up to $8 million. The deal includes a $2.5 million signing bonus for Reeves-Maybin, an All-Pro on special teams in 2023.

Reeves-Maybin will earn $5.245 million fully guaranteed in the new deal, which locks him into Detroit through the 2025 season. He was slated to be a free agent later in March prior to the extension. The recent bump in the salary cap helped make the record deal work.

The 29-year-old played just under 100 snaps on defense as a reserve linebacker...

Lions agree to contract extension with LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin

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Today it was announced that the Detroit Lions agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin. The extension was confirmed by Reeves-Maybin’s agent, Brian McLaughlin and it was announced by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

The #Lions have agreed to a contract extension with Pro Bowl special teamer Jalen Reeves-Maybin, according to his agent @bd_mclaughlin. It’s a two-year, $7.5 million deal worth a max of $8 million that makes him the highest-paid core special-teamer ever. pic.twitter.com/4oQGDUa6ay

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 26, 2024

The details of the contract were confirmed as a two-year contract at $7.5 million deal worth a max of $8 million. The deal...

Dolphins cut top corner who could be target for Lions

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As we get closer and closer to free agency, teams will be making surprising moves. The first “woah” cut of the 2024 calendar year came out of Miami when they parted ways with cornerback Xavien Howard.

The former Baylor Bear is coming off signing a five-year deal with Miami in 2022. The Dolphins however found themselves in a tough cap situation and had to make the move to cut the former Pro Bowler.

Howard is expected to be a top priority for teams in free agency, and the Lions should be at the top of the list.

Brad Holmes and the Lions have the 6th-highest salary cap money6th-highest salary cap money available at this point in the calendar. Howard’s deal he signed last year had an average salary of just over $10 million per year. That sort of deal would and should be a no-brainer for Holmes to attempt to make.

Howard led the league in interceptions in 2020...

Lions 2024 Draft Prospect of the Day: Jer'Zhan "Johnny" Newton, DT, Illinois

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The Lions Draft Prospect of the Day features arguably the top interior defensive lineman in the 2024 NFL draft.

The focus is on players who should hold some appeal to the Lions in the draft, with a focus on the more likely positions the team will be targeting. If you’re looking for quarterbacks or upper-echelon running backs, you’re probably not going to find those here. Outside cornerbacks, defensive linemen, interior offensive linemen, some wide receivers and offensive tackles figure to appear along the path to April’s draft. Not all of the players will be top-100 prospects, either.

Today’s prospect is a wrecking ball of a defensive tackle who unfortunately won’t be participating in next week’s NFL Scouting Combine due to injury.

Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois


Height: 6-2

Weight: 295 (listed by Illinois)

Jer’Zhan is now officially recognized as “Johnny,” and he’ll...

NFL sets the salary cap for 2024; Lions rank 6th in available cap room

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The NFL revealed the official salary cap limit for the 2024 season at a significantly higher figure than last year’s cap. The cap jumped up some $30.6 million to $255.4 million for each team.

From the NFL’s press release,

The NFL announced today that the 2024 Salary Cap will be $255.4 million per club, with an additional $74 million per club payment for player benefits, which includes Performance Based Pay and benefits for retired players. Total 2024 player costs will be $329.4 million per club, or more than $10.5 billion league-wide.

With the new figure, the Detroit Lions have $55,919,783 in available cap room per Over The Cap. That’s a figure around $12 million higher than was anticipated, giving the Lions more cap room to extend contracts...

PFF says Lions need to make a splash in free agency

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NFL free agency is under three weeks away and front office’s and scouting departments are putting offers and reports together for their team. The Lions especially have shown they can be active in free agency but they have never “made a splash.”

PFF says that trend needs to change in 2024.

Speaking on the PFF NFL Stock Exchange podcast, hosts Trevor Sikemma and Brad Spielberger discussed areas of focus for the Lions. They said the guard class in free agency is deep enough that they can find someone to replace Jonah Jackon if he is asking too much money. Names such as Robert Hunt and Kevon Dotson were discussed as possible replacements.

Another position they highlighted was the defensive line group and they threw out an interesting name to add to the edge position. Khalil Mack could be either traded or a cap causality from the Chargers. Spielberger threw his name out as a nice pairing with Aidan Hutchison along the defensive front.

Mack has a veteran mindset and has shown he has...

Lions re-sign K Michael Badgley

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Cross one name off the lost of pending free agents for the Detroit Lions. The team announced on Thursday that it has re-signed kicker Michael Badgley.

Badgley was set to be a free agent after his one-year deal in Detroit expired, but the Lions are bringing him back for a potential third season. He was Detroit’s kicker in 2022 and returned to replace Riley Patterson midway through 2023.

The veteran set a Lions playoff record with a 54-yard field goal in the wild card win over the Rams.

Terms of the deal are not yet publicly available.

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Dre Bly, John Fox among the coaches moving on from the Lions

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In light of the official hiring of three new defensive coaches, the Detroit Lions also had to subtract a few coaches from the team.

A couple of the departures were already known. Defensive line coach John Scott was replaced during Senior Bowl week by new DL coach and run game coordinator Terrell Williams. DBs coach Brian Duker left for the Miami Dolphins last week.

One more positional coach has also been let go. Cornerbacks coach Dre Bly no longer appears on the team’s coaching roster. Like Scott, Bly was brought in from the college ranks for the 2023 season. His group didn’t show a lot of progress, and his departure is not exactly a surprise.

Defensive quality control coach Wayne Blair is also no longer with the team. His contract...
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