Found February 23, 2012 on
Tom Lewand will be a busy man at the NFL combine this week. While Lions coaches, scouts and team doctors have their hands full with medical checks and prospect evaluations, Lewand's focus will be on more urgent matters -- re-signing some of his team's four pending free-agent starters.
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One advanced scouting site says the Lions' primary offseason need is to upgrade their offensive line while a second says Jeff Backus is one of the best free agent tackles on on the market.
"If you go in with a clean slate, you evaluate a player, you don't know that the scouts gave him a high grade, and you don't like him, and you're like, 'Well, we really don't like him, but the scouts graded him high.' That's not a good situation. Same thing vice versa."
Louis Delmas remembers everything about his trip to the NFL combine three years ago, including the interrogation he got during his interview with the Lions.
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, a soon-to-be free agent, phoned in to "NFL Live" on ESPN this afternoon.
A closer examination of Stafford's passing statistics against the blitz, when facing pressure, in the red zone, and when tied or trailing in the fourth quarter/overtime.
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It's unlikely the Lions will be able to afford cornerback Cortland Finnegan if he hits the free-agent market next month, but that didn't stop questions about Finnegan coming Jim Schwartz's way at the NFL combine Thursday.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz discusses Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh and his plan for the offseason. Look inside for the video from the NFL Combine.
The Lions are expected to meet with Bus Cook on Saturday to discuss making Johnson the highest-paid receiver in the league. Johnson is entering the final season of his rookie contract with a salary cap number of about $22.5 million. The Lions would like to extend his contract to keep him in Detroit long term and free up valuable cap space before free agency starts next month.
Although Lions defensive end Cliff Avril has indicated that he won’t be happy with the franchise tag, he wants to make it clear that he is happy with the Lions, and hopes to stay a happy Lion for years to come. In an interview with Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, Avril carefully made clear that he…