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Source: Lions add CB Melvin for 1 year, $3.5M

The Lions have reached an agreement with free-agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Lions to sign CB Rashaan Melvin

The Lions have been active in free agency, and they’re making another move. Detroit is signing cornerback Rashaan Melvin to a one-year deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link). The Lions brought Melvin in for a visit on Wednesday, and apparently liked what they saw. Per Schefter, the deal will pay Melvin $3.5M. Melvin comes to the Lions after spending the 2018 season with the Raiders. He began the year as a starter, but didn’t play well and was benched. He ended up...

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Former Lions star linebacker Cofer dies at 58

Former Detroit Lions linebacker Mike Cofer died Thursday at age 58, the team announced Friday.

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Former Lions star linebacker Cofer dies at 62

Former Detroit Lions linebacker Mike Cofer died Thursday at age 62, the team announced Friday.

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Offensive lineman Donnal re-signs with Lions

Offensive lineman Andrew Donnal, who appeared in two games for the Lions last season, has re-signed with the Lions.

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Rams match Lions' offer sheet for RB Brown

RB Malcolm Brown, who has served as Todd Gurley's backup for the past two seasons, will remain under contract after the Rams matched the Lions' offer sheet for a two-year deal.

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Rams match Lions' offer sheet to Malcolm Brown, per report

Running back Malcolm Brown will be sticking around with the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams for at least the next two seasons. Days after signing a two-year, $3.25 million restricted free-agent offer with the Detroit Lions, the Rams have decided to match said offer. This means Brown will be heading back to Southern California to back up All-Pro back Todd Gurley. Prior to suffering a season-ending clavicle injury in 2018, Brown averaged 4.9 yards per rush. His injury paved the way for...

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T.J. Lang expected to retire

Former Lions and Packers guard T.J. Lang is expected to retire from the NFL after 10 years, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. While Lang has yet to make an official announcement, he’s reportedly told friends he’s “definitely” done playing in the league, per Birkett. Lang, 31, was released by the Lions last week after spending the past two seasons in Detroit. It’s not a total surprise Lang has decided to hang up his cleats, as he’s dealt with a myriad of...

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Bills remain interested in Ziggy Ansah

The Bills have three defensive ends set to return from last year’s team, but there’s still room for more help on the edge. The Bills recently met with Ezekiel Ansah and GM Brandon Beane says they’re still interested.  “We had a great visit with Ziggy and he’s a great young man,” Beane said on WGR 550 (via Matt Parrino of New York Upstate). “He had a tough shoulder injury last year and he’s still rehabbing that. I know he went on a couple other visits, or at least one other...

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Lions’ Tavon Wilson takes pay cut

Lions cornerback Tavon Wilson has accepted a pay cut to stay on board, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. Instead of earning $2.15M this year, he’ll make just $1M. Last year, the Lions re-signed Wilson to a two-year, $7M contract. In the first year of his new pact, Wilson was used mostly as a reserve and also saw some time on special teams. Under the previous terms of his deal, the Lions could have released Wilson to save $2.9M against $875K in dead money. Instead, Wilson will stay put...

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Lions meet with Manti Te'o

The Lions hosted Saints free agent linebacker Manti Te’o on a visit, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Te’o, who also recently met with the Raiders, could be set to move on from New Orleans. The Saints seem fairly well set at middle linebacker with Alex Anzalone, Craig Robertson, and Darnell Sankey in the fold, so the team might only be willing to go so far to retain the 28-year-old Te’o. Te’o, meanwhile, would probably prefer a situation that offers more playing...

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Jesse James could make tight end a factor again with Lions

Jesse James was reasonably productive in a tight-end timeshare in Pittsburgh, but he's eager for more opportunities in Detroit.

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Lions sign restricted free agent RB Malcolm Brown

The Los Angeles Rams will have a decision to make on running back Malcolm Brown. The Detroit Lions have signed Brown to an offer sheet, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. That will give the Rams until Monday to decide whether they want to match. Brown is an undrafted player, so the Rams would not receive draft compensation if they lose him to the Lions despite assigning him an original round tender. The 25-year-old rushed for 212 yards last season and was placed on IR late in the season with...

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Lions sign Rams RB Malcolm Brown to offer sheet

Rams reserve running back Malcolm Brown agreed to the terms of an offer sheet with the Lions, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). The Rams have until Monday to match it and retain Brown. A 2015 UDFA, Brown has been with the Rams his entire career. However, the restricted free agent visited the Lions last week. Since Los Angeles placed an original-round tender on the back, Detroit will not need to surrender any draft compensation in order to pry Brown away. Brown suffered a...

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Cowboys sign defensive lineman Kerry Hyder

The Cowboys have been very busy visiting with free agents and lining up other visits today, but the club did make one transaction official. Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Cowboys signed former Lions DL Kerry Hyder (Twitter link). It will be a one-year pact for Hyder, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Detroit opted to non-tender Hyder, a former UDFA, earlier this month. Now 27, Hyder missed the entire 2017 season due to a torn Achilles and only...

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Lions to meet with Spencer Ware

Former Chiefs running back Spencer Ware will visit the Lions on Monday, a source tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter. The Lions already have Kerryon Johnson as their primary back and Theo Riddick as their pass-catching specialist, but Ware could provide the club with additional depth.  Ware first made noise in 2015 when he ran for 403 yards with the Chiefs and averaged 5.6 yards per carry in a limited sample. In 2016, he was the Chiefs’ starter and amassed 921 yards with a 4.3 yards per...

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Standout performers from AAF Week 6

The Orlando Apollos are no longer undefeated after being taken out by the Arizona Hotshots in AAF Week 6 thanks in large part to a strong showing by running back Jhurell Pressley. Pressley was just one of a number of players who stepped up big for their respective teams this weekend. Salt Lake also got another stellar outing from one of the best pass rushers in the league, among other standouts from the action on Saturday and Sunday. These were the biggest stars from AAF Week 6. Trent...

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Lions will reportedly re-sign veteran cornerback Marcus Cooper

Having been cut midway through last season, cornerback Marcus Cooper changed NFC North allegiances recently. He will stay with his second 2018 team. The Lions are re-signing Cooper,  Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio tweets. The veteran arrived in Detroit via waiver claim a year ago and looks set to stay in the Motor City as a depth piece. Cooper played just 39 snaps last season, being buried on Chicago’s depth chart. With Detroit, he figures to compete for time as a backup and contribute on...

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Ezekiel Ansah remains unsigned due to concerns about injured shouler?

Although the Saints recently met with free agent defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, no deal is imminent between the two parties, according to Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune. That’s because New Orleans — and other clubs with interest — want to evaluate the status of Ansah’s shoulder before signing him. Ansah was limited by that shoulder issue all year long, and he ultimately appeared in only seven games while trying to work through the ailment. The Bills have also met with Ansah,...

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Lions to host RB Malcolm Brown, WR/KR Tommylee Lewis

The Lions are hosting a pair of offensive players on visits. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports (via Twitter) that wideout/returner Tommylee Lewis and running back Malcolm Brown will be visiting Detroit. Brown was tendered by the Rams earlier this week. As a former undrafted free agent, the Lions wouldn’t be required to give up any compensation for signing the running back. The 25-year-old has spent his entire four-year career with the Rams organization, and he’s spent the better part...

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