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Beth Mowins, Brian Griese will call Monday Night Football in Week One

ESPN has announced that its B-team for Monday Night Football in Week One will be Beth Mowins and Brian Griese. As usual, the NFL will have two Monday night games in the first week of the season. ESPN had already announced that its top team of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland will call [more]

Several NFL players among the world’s highest-paid celebrities

Forbes is out with its annual list of the highest-paid celebrities in the world, and several NFL players made the cut. The highest-ranked NFL player is Matt Ryan, who checks in at No. 29 with an estimated $67.3 million, according to Forbes. That comes from the contract Ryan signed this year as well as endorsement [more]

Lions looking at possibility of retractable roof

With Detroit among the possibilities for an MLS expansion team in 2020, the Lions are looking at ways they can make Ford Field work for soccer. And that includes the possibility of retrofitting their stadium with a retractable roof. Lions team president Rod Wood said during an interview on WJR-AM that they’re looking at their [more]

Avoiding another deadline snafu on franchise tag deadline day

Whether it’s the restructuring of the Elvis Dumervil contract in Denver or the failed Browns-Bengals trade for AJ McCarron, the deadline-driven NFL requires certain i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed before deals are done. As to the franchise-tagged players who will (or won’t) have long-term deals before Monday’s 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, [more]

The Patriot Way has made its way to Michigan

If the arrival of the “Do Your Job” mantra wasn’t enough, the transformation of Lions players into say-nothing robots proves what many suspected would happen — new coach Matt Patricia has brought the Patriot Way to Detroit. As explained by Robert Klemko of SI.com, Lions cornerback Darius Slay flatly refused to talk about his team. [more]

To no surprise, no long-term deal will happen between Lions, Ziggy Ansah

Four franchise-tagged players have yet to reach long-term deals before Monday’s deadline. One of them definitely won’t, #asexpected. Via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Lions and defensive end Ziggy Ansah won’t be striking a multi-year contract. This means that Ansah, a first-round pick in 2013, will spend a sixth season with the Lions, at a [more]

Firmly on the bubble, will Ameer Abdullah make the team in Detroit?

Three years ago, the Cardinals hoped that running back Ameer Abdullah would slide to them. The Cardinals had to “settle” for David Johnson instead. They may get another chance at Abdullah. As characterized by an article appearing on the Lions’ official website (and of course that means nothing at all . . . other than [more]

Golden Tate bothered by people bringing up his age in regard to his next contract

Wide receiver Golden Tate has made no secret of his desire to sign a new contract with the Lions this offseason, but nothing has materialized to this point. During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Tate said that his greatest frustration with that state of affairs is that his age might be a factor [more]

Former Lion and Giant Bruce Maher dies at 80

Bruce Maher, who had a 10-year career with the Lions and Giants in the 1960s, has died at the age of 80. Maher was born and raised in Detroit, attended the University of Detroit, and then began playing safety for the Lions in 1960. “Nobody in the league plays with more desire,” Lions assistant coach [more]

Former Lions head coach Darryl Rogers dies at 83

Darryl Rogers, whose long coaching career included four seasons as head coach of the Lions, has died at the age of 83. Rogers had spent many seasons as a college head coach but had never been in the NFL in any capacity when the Lions decided to take a chance on him in 1985. Although [more]

Report: ESPN hires Dan Orlovsky as football analyst

ESPN has hired former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky as a football analyst, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. The sports network primarily will use Orlovsky in its college football studio, according to Marchand, but Orlovsky also will have some NFL responsibilities. Orlovsky, 34, also had talked to CBS about a job. Orlovsky played [more]

Lomas Brown replaces Jim Brandstatter as Lions radio analyst

Longtime Lions radio announcer Jim Brandstatter announced on Tuesday that his time in that job has come to an end after a decision by WJR to move in a different direction. The station confirmed the change with a press release later in the day that also announced Brandstatter’s spot in the booth will be filled [more]

Lions’ longtime radio voice Jim Brandstatter says he’s been fired

Jim Brandstatter, a broadcaster who has called Lions games on Detroit radio for more than three decades, said today that he was fired. Brandstatter wrote on Twitter that WJR, the Lions’ flagship radio station, told him today that he won’t be back. “This morning, WJR let me know they were going a different direction and [more]

Former NFL receiver Kris Durham has spent last two years playing football in Italy

Wide receiver Kris Durham has been out of the NFL since 2015, but he found a way to keep playing football the past two years. According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Durham has been playing American Football for the Parma Panthers in Italy. Durham was contacted on a whim through facebook by team owner Ugo [more]

Ex-Lion Brandon Pettigrew arrested, accused of punching police officer

Former Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has been arrested and accused of punching a police officer. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pettigrew had a confrontation with a limousine driver when he refused to pay the $97 fare at 3 a.m. today. The driver called police, who found Pettigrew visibly intoxicated. When they asked him his [more]

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