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With this news, I let Suh play out this year at $22 Million this year. Next year we use a 1st round tender transition tag on him.


Depending on how he plays this year, I think I'd be okay with that.

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February 20th, 2014, 3:18 pm
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BillySims wrote:
With this news, I let Suh play out this year at $22 Million this year. Next year we use a 1st round tender transition tag on him.


Depending on how he plays this year, I think I'd be okay with that.


Or, we could do a new 5 year deal at $7M per year base. With a $20M SB. That would give him a very manageable yearly cap charge of $11M.


February 20th, 2014, 8:56 pm
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5 yr $55M. Lol. Good luck with that. More like 5 yr $72M is what he will be eyeballing

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5 yr $55M. Lol. Good luck with that. More like 5 yr $72M is what he will be eyeballing


$55M is right on par with the DT from Cinci.


February 21st, 2014, 1:17 am
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Jim Caldwell, at NFL combine: 'Extremely important' for Detroit Lions to find a No. 2 receiver

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s common for NFL teams to try to disguise their off-season plans in the buildup to free agency and the draft, but even Jim Caldwell can’t hide the fact that the Detroit Lions need receivers.

Caldwell, the first-year Lions coach, said at the NFL combine today that his team will take “a real strong look at” receivers this off-season, in an effort to finally find a reliable deep threat to pair with Calvin Johnson.

“He’s one that’s going to draw a little extra attention, in terms of double coverage, like he’s always done,” Caldwell said. “And with that being the case, we have to find a way to make certain whoever’s on the other side that may be getting singled in some situations can do some damage against the defenders.

“I think that’s extremely important, so I think that’s something that, obviously, we’ve taken a good, hard look at and, one way or another, we’re going to come up with a guy that’s going to give us some balance in that area.”

Aside from Johnson, the Lions don’t have a receiver under contract who reached double digits in receptions last year.

Kris Durham is an exclusive-rights free agent and almost certainly will be back, but Kevin Ogletree is an unrestricted free agent with a blurry future in Detroit, and the Lions released Nate Burleson in a cost-cutting move last week.

Both the draft and free agency are brimming with receiver options this year, and the Lions almost certainly will add to the position in both stages of the off-season.

With the 10th pick in the draft, they could consider the likes of Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans and USC’s Marqise Lee.

Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said at his introductory news conference this month that an ideal complement to Johnson would be “someone to work underneath,” and that need appears more acute since Burleson’s release.

The Lions saved about $9 million in cap space by cutting Burleson and safety Louis Delmas, and Caldwell indicated that it was difficult to see both veterans go.

“Obviously, those are two good men,” he said. “When you look at those two guys, just in terms of the leadership and those kinds of things, I could tell in the preparation to play them and then also just talking to the guys on the team that understand and realize the great contribution that they’ve made to the team overall.

“But we have to take a look at everything. Have to evaluate everything. Obviously, just in terms of our personnel office, our coaching, etc., and see where things fit, and we have to make some adjustments along the way. Not all of them are going to be pretty, and so obviously, that’s kind of where we are today.”

Delmas, who has a history of knee problems and practiced sparingly last year, reportedly visited the Pittsburgh Steelers after his release but still could return to the Lions.

“I think in this business you never say never,” Caldwell said. “But we’ll see what happens.”

ANSAH SURGERY: Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah underwent shoulder surgery earlier this month but is expected to be ready for the season, according to Fox Sports. Ansah had a team-leading eight sacks last year, most among rookies.

Ansah was listed on the Lions’ end-of-week injury report just once last season with a shoulder injury, when he was questionable but played in a game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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$17.5M - I'm open Staff...

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Detroit Lions to hand Matthew Stafford rest of his $27.5M signing bonus

Eight months after they signed Matthew Stafford to a $53-million extension, the Detroit Lions are about to open up their checkbook for their quarterback again.

Stafford received a $27.5-million signing bonus when he inked his contract last July but agreed to defer $17.5 million of the payment. The balance is due Friday.

The bonus already has been accounted for on the Lions’ salary cap, and deferred payments are not uncommon for big contracts in the NFL.

All three of the major free agents the Lions signed last year had deferred signing-bonus payments.

Glover Quin is due $3.25 million of his $5.25-million bonus March 1, Reggie Bush is due $1.5 million of his $4-million bonus March 31, and Jason Jones is due $500,000 of his $2.5-million bonus the same day.

Stafford has two more guaranteed seasons left on his contract before his salary cap number spikes to $22.5 million in 2016.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, he finished third in the league in passing last year with 4,650 yards but saw a decline in his completion percentage (58.5%) and a rise in his interceptions (19) for the second straight year.

The Lions have been intent on getting Stafford more help this year. They hired a new head coach (Jim Caldwell) and offensive coordinator (Joe Lombardi) with experience working with two of the league’s top quarterbacks (Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, respectively) and are expected to add two starting-caliber receivers this off-season either through free agency, the draft or both.

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Detroit Lions are all-in for 2014, 'there is no 5-year plan'

DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions have had a busy offseason, from firing Jim Schwartz to hiring Jim Caldwell and signing Golden Tate. And all those moves have been made with a single goal in mind.

Win now.

Not in 2015. Not in 2016. Right now.

There will be no learning curve, and there will be no transition period. It's going to be playoffs or bust in Caldwell's first season in Detroit.

"It's a year of let's go right now," Lewand said Monday night while appearing with WDIV's Bernie Smilovitz in the TAP restaurant at the MGM casino in Detroit. "You heard Jim say it during his introductory press conference, we hear it from our players.

"There's no five-year plans here."

The Lions are at the crossroads as an organization. They can return all but two starters next year if they wish -- Louis Delmas (Miami) and Willie Young (Chicago) are the only ones gone so far -- and have stars Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Matthew Stafford locked up for at least another year.

Johnson still is in his prime and coming off the best three-year stretch of any receiver in NFL history. Suh remains one of the most disruptive defensive players in the game. Stafford is coming off a down season, but the club is optimistic the gifted 26-year-old will rebound under the tutelage of Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

But there's also no telling how much longer that trio will remain a fixture. Johnson battled knee pain throughout last season and is starting to show some wear after all those years of high usage. Suh can opt out of his deal after next year.

Detroit's window for playoff success could be a tight one, especially if Johnson starts to decline now that he is 28 years old (and will turn 29 early next season). So the Lions hired a proven NFL head coach in Caldwell, who has been to three Super Bowls, and are pushing their chips into the middle for 2014.

Lewand even invoked the 'S'-word -- Super Bowl.

"I think part of it is where we are as a football team, where our players are in the careers, the type of head coach we brought in," he said. "You know, we didn't bring in a head coach this time who is becoming a head coach for the first time. There's no adjustment period for him in terms of being a head coach. There's no adjustment period for him for the expectations that he has for his staff and how to build a staff.

"He knows what he's looking for. He's been to the Super Bowl as a head coach. He's been to the Super Bowl twice as a top assistant. So he knows what he's looking for, he knows what it takes to build a good football team, and he wants to do it right now."

The Lions are talking the talk, but some fans haven't bought in. Decades of failure and letdown have a way of jading even the most ardent supporters.

Lewand got a dose of that Monday night. Speaking to a modest crowd at the MGM, a fan known around the TAP restaurant as "Big Steve" peppered Lewand about the team's offseason plan.

When Lewand said that Stafford, Johnson and Suh were living up to their lofty deals, Big Steve appeared to choke loudly on his food, though it could have been for effect.

"I see we have a dissenter," Lewand said, drawing some laughs from the crowd.

Big Steve later got the mic during a question-and-answer segment. He asked Lewand pointedly why the Lions continue to add offensive pieces when teams like Seattle are winning with defense, and why they are standing behind a quarterback who has never won a playoff game.

"I understand you put all of our success and failure on Matthew Stafford," Lewand responded. "We don't."

Big Steve approached Lewand after the event and questioned him further on why the Lions aren't building around defense.

"You need to stop drafting receivers," Big Steve said. "Bring that up to Mayhew."

Lewand diffused the potentially awkward situation gracefully, and pointed out that Detroit drafted defensive end Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth overall pick in last year's draft. Ansah finished 2013 with eight sacks, a league high among rookies.

In fact, the Lions have drafted defensive players in the first round of three of the past four drafts. Each of those players -- Suh, Ansah and Nick Fairley -- is expected to start next season.

What's clear is this: The public is clamoring for a winner in Detroit, and Lewand expects to deliver one.

"You can say we're a hockey town all you want," Lewand said, "but we're a football city."

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