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 Highlight Reel 6/17 
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Lions handling of Drummond classy
Eddie Drummond and his agent Drew Rosenhaus have been trying to force the Lions to offer him a multi-year contract. In doing so, he nearly put his income in jeopardy. From Thursday's Kowalski story:


Wednesday was also the deadline for Drummond to sign his tender offer as a restricted free agent. Because he still didn't sign, the Lions had the one-day option of reducing Drummond's offer from $1.43 million to $455,000. The Lions declined to do so and Drummond, if and when he does sign, will get his original contract figure.

"We thought it was the fairest thing to do," Lewand said. "We're comfortable with paying Eddie the $1.43 (million). At some point in time, it's about the player and the team, not the agent and the contract."


How can Drummond be angry with the organization? Would he like multiple years? Yeah, who wouldn't. But he had no leverage. If the Lions were just about the bottom line they could have screwed him. Many organizations, like the Bengals, probably would've taken the money back.

So when you hear about a big-time free agent looking at the Lions, and people wonder aloud why they would come to a team with such a losing history, this is the reason. They treat their players with respect, even if a player is making a bad business decision.


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The Free Press has a great story explaining where Mike Williams is at after his second minicamp as a pro. One interesting tidbit explained how he's going to be used -- as a backup at all WR positions.


Although coach Steve Mariucci has him listed as the backup to Charles Rogers at the split end position, Williams is also learning the plays as the backup to flanker Roy Williams and he has also run plays from the slot position on both sides of the formation.

He has no complaints about his work load.

"It's kind of good that you put yourself in a position to play more," Williams said. "The more you know, the more coaches feel you can help them."


We've heard that we should expect him to play alongside Chuck and Roy, but now you hear that he's going to be the man if either of those two go down. That's not a bad position to be in.


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TWITKB Notes - Quick hits
Killer hit the forum this week with a couple of updates that he wrote about more extensively the next day. Click for the next day story here.


6.15 - TomKowalski: About Drummond ... drummond still hasn't signed his tender offer, but the lions have decided not to reduce the contract figure of $1.43 million ... the lions had the option of reducing the deal down to $455,000 but didn't do it ... the lions aren't taking the bait of agent drew rosenhaus, who's trying to kick up a fuss over the fact the lions aren't willing to give drummond huge money in a long-term deal ... basically, nothing has changed ... drummond will either sign and play or he'll sit out the year ...

6.15 - TomKowalski: About Harrington the lions paid harrington his $3 million roster bonus today ... well, i don't know if they actually paid it in cash today, but it's become guaranteed money ... interestingly, tom lewand said there have been no negotiations (since the draft) of extending harrington's contract ...

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June 17th, 2005, 3:09 pm
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So when you hear about a big-time free agent looking at the Lions, and people wonder aloud why they would come to a team with such a losing history, this is the reason. They treat their players with respect, even if a player is making a bad business decision.


I am still of the opinion that Drummond will land a contract somewhere in the area of 3 years 5million, including a 2.1plus signing bonus... It would be nice if he had the ability like Dante Hall do go deep every now and again because as just a return man its hard pay him that much! IMHO


June 19th, 2005, 10:28 am
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Although coach Steve Mariucci has him listed as the backup to Charles Rogers at the split end position, Williams is also learning the plays as the backup to flanker Roy Williams and he has also run plays from the slot position on both sides of the formation.


Convinced Someone's going to get injured? I guess its typical for people to get hurt but I love the Idea that they want to put Mike ANYWHERE! that shows he has some skills!


June 19th, 2005, 10:31 am
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How can Drummond be angry with the organization? Would he like multiple years? Yeah, who wouldn't. But he had no leverage. If the Lions were just about the bottom line they could have screwed him. Many organizations, like the Bengals, probably would've taken the money back.


What's their beef with the Bengals?


June 19th, 2005, 11:44 am
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"It's kind of good that you put yourself in a position to play more," Williams said. "The more you know, the more coaches feel you can help them."


I guess that is better than Roy saying that the NFL really isn't that difficult. :lol:

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June 19th, 2005, 2:18 pm
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I guess that is better than Roy saying that the NFL really isn't that difficult. :lol:


It sure didnt seem to be for him last year... even when he was injured he looked better than the rest of our receivers


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Man I hope to god Rosenhaus doesn't get anymore of our players...

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