Lions notes: Jim Schwartz open to coaching 2013 Senior Bowl

Chuck Cook -US PRESSWIRE

Lions notes looks at the Senior Bowl, some futures deals and more.

  • The Detroit Lions have signed linebacker Carmen Messina and cornerback Conroy Black to futures deals, according to Dave Birkett. Both players spent 2012 on the Lions practice squad.
  • Jim Schwartz said on Monday that the Lions would "embrace" the opportunity to coach one of the teams in the 2013 Senior Bowl. The Lions got to coach a team in the 2010 Senior Bowl, and I think it would be a good way for them to get an up-close look at potential draft picks.
  • Rob Sims certainly doesn't want to see Jeff Backus retire.
  • Here is some good news on Ryan Broyles' injury:
  • Dave Birkett reports that Amari Spievey was expecting to be cleared for contact on Monday since his post-concussion headaches have "subsided." There's no word on if he has in fact been cleared, but I hope for both his sake and for the Lions that everything is good to go heading into the offseason.
  • Willie Young was wired for sound against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
  • Congratulations to Oakestradamus for winning Pride Of Detroit Pick'em with a record of 175-80 on the season.

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