Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Lions notes looks at the new contracts given to Ashlee Palmer and Don Carey, Amari Spievey's thoughts on free agency and much more.
- Drop everything and go read this story from the Free Press' Jeff Seidel about what the Detroit Lions recently did for Chandler McBride, an 18-year-old who is paralyzed from the chest down.
- The Lions' official site has a recap of general manager Martin Mayhew's thoughts on each member of the 2012 draft class.
- Dave Birkett has the details of the contract extensions the Lions gave to linebacker Ashlee Palmer and safety Don Carey toward the end of the regular season. Palmer is now under contract through 2014, and he is set to have a base salary of $1 million this year and $1.25 million next year. Carey is under contract through 2013 and is set to make an undisclosed amount.
- Speaking of Palmer, he was named this week to the Pro Football Focus All-Pro Team for his play on special teams in 2012. That may be hard to believe given the struggles the Lions' special teams units had at times, but Palmer was quite good. If only the rest of the players on the special teams units could have followed suit from the very start of the 2012 season.
- Lions safety Amari Spievey, who is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, told the Detroit News this week that he isn't sure if the team will bring him back. (Spievey, by the way, is seeing the same doctor as Jahvid Best. This makes sense considering both Spievey and Best have had to deal with rather serious concussions.)
- Former Lions defensive end Everette Brown was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
- Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson was on Showtime's Inside the NFL this week.
- In advance of renovations that are set to begin later this year, the roof of the Silverdome has been deflated.
- Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, who could be someone the Lions consider taking with their first-round pick, declared for the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday.