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    Welcome to the Lions' Den, the inside source for Detroit Lions news. Stay tuned as updates will be posted as they come in.

     
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    Motor City Makeover

    The Ford family has sold it’s stake in the Lions to Mike Chance. The new owner has promised for sweeping changes and to give Detroit..."something to be proud of other than Robocop."

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    Recent Transaction Roundup

    With all of the changes that have been happening, the news has not been able to keep up. Click on an individual story to display recent transactions by the Lions

    The Lions extended the contract of SS Shawn Williams for 4 more years, keeping safety a high point on the roster into the foreseeable future. Williams, not known for his public relation skills, was silent as usual on the matter. His agent, however, was quoted as saying “9.71 million was a bargain to keep my client. Detroit is lucky my client is loyal. I could've gotten him more in the free agent market.”

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    Josh Johnson was cut and replaced by free agent Benton Deiana. The former third round selection will be learning the new playbook and fighting with first round pick Ty Ponder to back up Matt Stafford.

    Owner/GM Chance was reportedly overheard praising his athleticism and “high ceiling”. Reports from practice have noted has ability to extend the play and his skills in the short and medium passing game. He has been sporadic in deep passing drills and only time will tell if he can establish himself as an heir to the throne.

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    Lonnie Nobles was re-signed to a 4 yr, $3.92M contract. The 5 yr veteran and Saluki alumus has been a productive backup in the trenches and was rumored to be part of a trade with the Browns that never materialized.

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    Veteran tight end Cameron Morrah was released from the Lions. Chance was quoted as saying; “We’re simply changing looks and no longer can fit him in the game plan. I wish him the best.”

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    "4 more years!" was the chant today for much of Detroit as Calvin Johnson was signed to a 4 year contract extension, worth $68.0M. Chance had made a number of transactions in order to make cap room to keep Johnson a Lion until the day he retires. The receiver reportedly dunked the goalpost on the way out of the meeting.

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    The Lions cut guard John Jerry and immediately sign Colin Gallagher to a 1 yr, $470k contract.

    Owner/GM Chance cited the move as one for financial reasons and was quoted as saying, “John was a good guy, but that’s not gonna win us games anytime soon. We need some young blood with fire in their gut. Colin has the physical tools we need to implement our offense in the future. It’s up to our staff to coach him up now.”

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    Offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was cut from the Lions roster and Jason McGee was signed to a 1 year deal worth $680K.

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    DeAndre Levy was signed to a 2 year, $4M extension. The fan-favorite linebacker will be the starting ROLB for the foreseeable future.

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    Defensive tackle Kawann Short was signed to a 1 yr, $810K contract. Short will provide veteran experience behind the newly starting Sherwin McCullers and may compete for a spot by the year’s end. He will also be looked to for a positive influence on the development of Huston Hart.

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    The Sentinels and Lions reached a trade agreement that sent Nick Fairley and Justin Blackmon to the Sentinels for TE Woodson Eddie, WR Giovanni Donald, and the Sentinels 3rd, 4th, and 5th round picks for the 2019 draft. The last minute trade is being seen by many as a desperate attempt to inject life into the rest of the receiving corps behind Calvin Johnson.

    The impact of this trade appears to be minimal on defense, as the Lions were able to limit the Eagles on the ground (94 yds vs. their average of 163 per game) and 50% on 3rd down. The real problem the team has yet to address is the turnover differential and points per game. The Lions are hoping to reincorporate the run game to limit turnovers and spread the ball around more in the air to become less predictable and more explosive on offense. We'll see if all of the new blood helps remedy the Lions' offensive struggles.
     
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    Like that "Spoiler" set up man. Good stuff!
     
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    Thanks man. Only way I could see to do that much without making it nasty long or cluttered. Hopefully more on the way, time permitting.
     

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