- Nicholas Cotsonika caught up with a few of the Lions' unrestricted free agents and got an update on whether or not they will potentially be returning to the team next season. Below is a brief recap of three players' situation.
Jason Hanson: Hanson's agent said that his client and the Lions are "significantly apart" but have talked a little bit. If Hanson and the Lions can't come to an agreement, he would likely get hit with either the transition or franchise tag to make sure he stays in Detroit. The franchise tag apparently is the more likely of the two, so there doesn't seem to be any need to panic over Hanson right now.
Stephen Peterman: His agent has talked with the Lions and new offensive line coach George Yarno (see next bullet for more on that) apparently wants him to return.
Shaun Cody: His agent is waiting for a call to come in from the Lions, but so far no calls have been made. This is just speculation on my part, but by not calling the Lions are probably providing Cody with the hint that he won't be returning no matter what.
- Jim Colletto, the one-time offensive coordinator and offensive line coach of the Lions, has officially left the team. Although the Lions still haven't announced the rest of their coaching staff, based on what Peterman told the Free Press, we now know that George Yarno is indeed the new offensive line coach.
- NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks the Lions will pick Matthew Stafford.
- It looks like the Lions will be running a 4-3 defensive set.
- Brett Favre has retired again, and this time it is apparently for good