LIONS CUT BRIAN KELLY

A major part of the Lions’ plan for building their roster was to stock the defense with former Buccaneers who had worked with head coach Rod Marinelli.
In a move that symbolizes just how badly that plan has failed, the Lions have released one of those players today.
John Clayton of ESPN reports that the Lions have terminated the three-year, $8.5 million contract of cornerback Brian Kelly. An 11-year veteran, Kelly played his first 10 seasons with the Bucs before signing that free agent contract with the Lions before the 2008 season.
Kelly started 11 games for the Lions this season, but he was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Vikings, as the Lions are increasingly giving playing time to younger players. Kelly comes out of this OK; he keeps his $3.25 million signing bonus and the last three paychecks from his $1.25 million base salary were guaranteed because he’s a vested veteran.
Per Clayton, Kelly will now look to sign with a playoff team.

32 responses to “LIONS CUT BRIAN KELLY

  1. Right about now, the Patriots should be looking to sign anyone with two functioning legs to work in their secondary.

  2. “Per Clayton, Kelly will now look to sign with a playoff team.”
    Is there any rules about F/A’s being on your team for a certain period before being allowed on the playoff roster.
    I know in baseball, there are a ton of playoff roster rules. I’m just wondering if a team could pick a guy up off the streets a few days before a playoff game and start him.

  3. Let me guess, he goes back to Tampa, where Rod and the guy banging his daugher will follow him next season……..

  4. Is he going to land on a playoff team? How about the Vikes? Their third corner Benny Sapp has looked terrible since Gordon got hurt. Please its a Tampa Two baby!

  5. Could Kelly go back to Tampa?
    And could this be a Rod Marinelli offering to the Bucs?
    Someone must love him enough to give him a job after this season, right?

  6. I remember Kelly when he played at USC (man, I feel old.) He’s a great cover 2 corner and would provide some nice depth. Paging Minnesota.

  7. Uhh, the Vikings are always looking for qualified help in the d-backfield. But no guarantees that Kelly will have the biggest “hog” on the team.
    /Norm MacDonalded

  8. Thanks, Rod! Great plan bringing in all of your former players from Tampa Bay. That worked out really well.
    The fact that this guy has consistently favored experience over talent is mind-boggling. Young players like Avril and Dizon who make plays on a consistent basis are getting little playing time (taking away from their development) while guys who have experience but don’t make plays (like Paris Lenon) play constantly.
    More proof that this guy not even close to being a competent NFL coach.

  9. don’t he have to clear waivers first or some junk. What keeps the Bungles from grabbing him?

  10. lions need to cut anyone over 28 unless really needed. cause they wont be there when the team is good again, if ever.
    all lions linebackers specialize in making shoestring tackles on their backs after they have been run over.

  11. Yeah, Benny Sapp keeps committing those stupid 3rd down penalties that gives the opponents another chance to do something when they were just stopped. Sign him to a 2-year deal, use him next year in the 5 DB sets (and stop putting Cedric Griffin against someone who towers 2 feet above him).

  12. he is coming to new england….junior, get on the phone and recruit him like you did when he went to usc

  13. I would call this far from a good deal for Kelly. He paid the Bucs 4 million to buy out his contract, and then made 3.5 mill. Stupid players who overestimate their value.

  14. If people want to speculate, his DB coach in Tampa was Mike Tomlin. Don’t know how the Steelers are set at CB, but it’s one of his best chances at winning another ring even if he’s just a situational player there.

  15. Aparently you all are forgetting about us?
    With Vasher out for the season we have absolutely no depth behind Peanut Tillman. Corey Graham is a glorified nickel back and there is no one else left.
    Graham is only good for stopping the run he can’t cover me running a go route.

  16. “Deacon Blues says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 3:36 pm
    Let me guess, he goes back to Tampa, where Rod and the guy banging his daugher will follow him next season……..”
    Umm….Shouldn’t that read “Rod and the guy banging Rod’s daughter”?
    Or is there really a coach working in the NFL that is banging his own daughter?

  17. I think the Vikings could use Kelley. They run the Tampa 2 and Cedric griffin has been less than spectacular this year with no depth behind him. Go to MInnesota Brian.

  18. In Tampa, he was hurt the majority of the last 2-3 years. I can see Tony Dungy or Lovie Smith grabing him for what he used to be, then cutting him just like Simeon Rice. Just cause they won a Super Bowl, doesn’t make them great NOW..

  19. Obviously, he wanted out of Tampa a few years ago, and probably was hoping that he’d get cut from the Lions this year, so now he’s free (for the moment) and we’ll see what happens. Chances are, Bears will waiver him and since they have the worst record of ‘playoff contenders’ they’ll most likely be the ones who get him.

  20. “Aparently you all are forgetting about us?
    With Vasher out for the season we have absolutely no depth behind Peanut Tillman. Corey Graham is a glorified nickel back and there is no one else left.
    Graham is only good for stopping the run he can’t cover me running a go route. ”
    It’s not that we are forgetting about you, it is that the Bears aren’t a playoff team. They are still in the hunt, but when it comes to a free agent signing this late in the season, he probably wants to go to more of a contender.

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