Ten other NFL players who need to take a pay cut

After leading his team to a third-consecutive AFC West title, a 12-4 record and the No. 2 seed in the conference, Peyton Manning was asked to take a pay cut; that’s a huge piece of humble pie for a quarterback who is 38-10 since taking over in Denver. But the Broncos needed salary cap help, so their highest-paid player was the leading candidate to provide them some much-needed...
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To tag or not to tag an NFL quandary

NFL games have begun for 2015. Don't bother checking out your Sunday Ticket, though. This is not football the teams are playing, it's tag. Monday was the deadline for franchises to decide whether to hold onto key players who are pending free agents by giving them the franchise or transition tag. The alternative: letting them hit the open market on March 10. A lot more goes into tagging...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions will not franchise tag Ndamukong Suh

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they will not use their franchise tag on  All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. At a price tag of $26.9 million, the Lions declined to use the tag and will let Suh become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. A four-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler, Suh, 28, led the Lions with 8.5 sacks and his 37 quarterback...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions release Reggie Bush

  The Detroit Lions have cut running back Reggie Bush, the team announced Wednesday. “You’ve got to look at the contribution versus how much you’re paying the player,” Mayhew said. “It’s what they give you versus what you pay them. That’s a process we spend a lot of time on. He’s just one of the players we look at.” Bush still has two years remaining on a...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions GM is not Worried About Calvin Johnson’s Huge Cap Number

The Detroit Lions are trying to agree on a deal to keep defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the team for years to come. If they are successful, it will be the second major star the team has locked up over the past few years, following the massive Calvin Johnson deal from 2012. Working on contract negotiations with Suh, speculation is that he could command a deal near the $100 million...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

This ugly, ugly Detroit Lions stat explains a lot about the last 12 years

It’s no secret the Detroit Lions were awful in the mid-2000s. Did you know they were this bad, especially in their division? Worst #NFL div. rec. since ’02: #Browns (20-58), #Lions (23-55), #Raiders (25-53), #Redskins (26-52), #Rams (27-50-1), #Bills (29-49) — Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) February 22, 2015 AROUND COVER32 Bold Predictions: Five things that will happen...
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Is Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson too low in latest Power Rankings?

When people think about an NFL team, usually one person immediately jumps to mind. It’s the player, coach or owner who is most immediately identifiable with the club. It’s the person TV networks use in game promos, the team puts on the cover of the media guide and fans blame when things go awry. It’s the face of the franchise. And every team has one, for better or worse. With...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dorial Green-Beckham Drawing Comparisons To Calvin Johnson

Immediately after word got out about Dorial Green-Beckham’s freakish measurements (6-foot-5 and 237 pounds) at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, the former Missouri Tigers star receiver was being compared to Detroit Lions 6-foot-5, 236-pound superstar Calvin Johnson — who’s widely regarded as the best receiver in the NFL. “He’s one of the best receivers I’ve ever seen,”...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

If tagged, Ndamukong Suh would take up $36 million on Lions cap in 2015

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Lions’ two-week window to make a decision on whether to use the franchise or transition tag for Ndamukong Suh officially begins Monday. The Lions have from now until March 2 at 4 p.m. to decide if Suh’s tag number of more than $26.7 million is worth it. According to ESPN, the Lions remain undecided on the decision. Colleague Ed Werder...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Minnesota Vikings consider a QB during free agency?

There’s one axiom that almost every football coach, analyst and fan believes about the game today: The NFL is a quarterback-driven league. If a team has a good one, they are a contender. If they don’t, they have no chance of competing for a title. Thus, landing an elite signal caller is priority No. 1 for every team. While the best place to find one is in the draft, not every...
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The Atlanta Falcons will have the easiest schedule in the NFL next season

I’m sure this won’t come as much of a consolation after a second consecutive losing season, but the Atlanta Falcons are going to have a pretty smooth road in 2015… AROUND COVER32 Free Agency Preview: The top-10 running backs on the open market First and 10: Ten teams that Peyton Manning would instantly make a Super Bowl contender According to the strength of schedule for...
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Charles Tillman says Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a badass

Pop quiz: You can pick any one NFL wide receiver to start a team with. Who do you choose? If you answered anything other than Calvin Johnson, you were wrong… AROUND COVER32 Free Agency Preview: The top-10 running backs on the open market First and 10: Ten teams that Peyton Manning would instantly make a Super Bowl contender Despite missing several games this past season due...
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Charles Tillman: Megatron still ‘the best receiver in the game’

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, when healthy, is faced with the daunting task of covering Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson twice per season. The two have had some epic battles over the years, and Tillman knows Johnson as well as anyone. Both players battled through injuries last year, with Tillman missing all but two games with a triceps injury. Johnson missed...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Three New Year's Resolutions For 2015

There were plenty of bright moments to celebrate in Detroit this past season for the Lions and its head coach Jim Caldwell.And then there were the moments the team would just as soon forget. But the goal from the time he was hired as head coach of the Lions has been to win now, which led to a playoff berth and a loss to the Cowboys in a game the team dominated for the majority of...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Three and out: Which direction will Lions go in 2015?

FIRST DOWN The last time the Detroit Lions made the playoffs, they went from 10 wins in 2011 to four wins in 2012. Which direction will they go in 2015 coming off an 11-win season? Offshore sportsbook Bovada has released Super Bowl odds for next season and the Lions are considered no better than tied for the seventh-best team in the NFC, and tied for 11th in the entire league. The...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Calvin Johnson will not need surgery, Ndamukong Suh wants to be highest paid defensive player

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is not expected to need offseason surgery. Johnson underwent finger and ankle surgery last offseason. Set to be 30 in September he should still be able to play at a top level wide receiver for a few more years. “Coming along. I’m not 100 (percent) yet, but that’s what the offseason’s for, to get right. So reload and get ready for next year...
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Megatron: ‘I’ll do whatever I got to do’ to keep Suh in Detroit

The Lions’ biggest star on offense looks prepared to do whatever it takes to keep their biggest star on defense in Detroit. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Calvin Johnson said “I’ll do whatever I got to do,” in order to keep Ndamukong Suh in a Lions uniform come next season. The 28-year-old Suh led the Lions with 8.5 sacks in 2014 and was named an...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL To Review Calvin Johnson/Dez Bryant Rule

It will very interesting to see if the rule is changed or even overturned. Adam Schefter is reporting that the NFL will take a look at the Calvin Johnson rule that cost the Dallas Cowboys. Dean Blandino said Calvin Johnson Rule, in effect w/ Dez Bryant, will be reviewed this winter. Changes could be recommended to comp comm. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 29, 2015...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Inside The Defensive Film Room – Todd Bowles Edition

With a new, defense oriented head coach in place, the Jets will look to makeover a unit that allowed 24 or more points in 11 of their 16 games in 2014 (30 or more points in 6 games). So what does Todd Bowles scheme look like? How many different looks does he run? How did the Cardinals’ defense perform in key situations? Let’s take a look… Play #1:Situation: vs. Detroit Lions...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson is Overrated

When the Detroit Lions are discussed, the first topic about them is none other than the supposed greatest receiver in football: Calvin Johnson, also known as "Megatron", because of his tremendous catches. Though Johnson has astonished many with great catches, he's also disappointed many with some disastrous ones, too. It's time to admit it, Lions fans: Calvin Johnson is overrated...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Female Friday: This lady Detroit Lions fan might wear it better than Calvin Johnson

#Lions @Megan_Stys — Sexy NFL Fans (@SexyNFLFan) January 10, 2015 You may also be interested in: Female Friday: This lady Detroit Lions fan might wear it better than Calvin Johnson This ugly playoff win timeline is guaranteed to depress Detroit Lions fans Cartoon: For some reason Calvin Johnson does not feel very sorry for Dez Bryant
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Suh backs out of Pro Bowl

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has joined Detroit Lions teammate Calvin Johnson in backing out of the Pro Bowl. Suh will be replaced by Cincinnati's Geno Atkins, according to the Bengals' website, which cited an undisclosed injury as the reason for the Detroit All-Pro's decision not to play. Toes still frozen, perhaps? More than likely, it has much to do with Suh's pending free-agent...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

This ugly playoff win timeline is guaranteed to depress Detroit Lions fans

Some people say that a picture is worth one thousand words (at least that’s what I say on my writer invoices.) For example, I could write one thousand words about how the Detroit Lions can’t win in the playoffs, but sometimes visual aids are far more effective. Take a look at this playoff win timeline that I found on Reddit: via imgur Yikes. At least it’s not as bad as the...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Cartoon: For some reason Calvin Johnson does not feel very sorry for Dez Bryant

Yesterday we told you about Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant begging the NFL to repeal the Calvin Johnson rule and how amazingly, awesomely ironic that was. Today we found a great cartoon from Dave Rappocio that goes one step further: via drawplaydave   Pretty much. You may also be interested in: Cartoon: For some reason Calvin Johnson does not feel very sorry for Dez...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

IRONY: Dez Bryant begs NFL to repeal the infamous Calvin Johnson rule

Sometimes the NFL really is too good to be true. Some people believe that the Dallas Cowboys losing on Sunday via the Calvin Johnson rule is poetic justice, considering what happened to the Detroit Lions last week. They are 100 percent right but in my humble opinion it’s still a dumb rule that needs to change. Apparently Dez Bryant feels the same way, as he whined on Twitter...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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