As the Detroit Lions' offseason comes to a close, we're going to take a look back at some of its most notable moments. Last up is a recap of some of the news we haven't covered so far.
All things considered, when you factor out the changes the Lions made to their roster and coaching staff, this was a pretty uneventful offseason. I mean that in a good way, of course. Lions players stayed out of trouble for the most part, and there weren't really any major controversies. Especially compared to some other teams, the Lions had a fairly quiet offseason. Don't believe me? Here is a recap of some of the most "notable" stories that didn't involve changes to the roster or coaching staff:
There thankfully wasn't much to talk about this offseason when it came to arrests. The Lions' problems with the law put a dark cloud over the 2012 offseason, and the problems really carried into the 2012 regular season as a distraction. This year, though, only safety Amari Spievey and defensive end Ronnell Lewis were arrested. Spievey's arrest came following a dispute over child support, but all of the charges were later dropped. Lewis, who was arrested following a bar fight, is still waiting for his case to be resolved.
It's worth noting that wide receiver Titus Young was involved in numerous legal issues over the span of a couple weeks back in May, but he was no longer a member of the Lions at that time. When he was still on the team, he did make some headlines based simply on what he was tweeting, but the Lions released him long before he got into trouble with the law.
In terms of news not related to additions or subtractions to the roster, the biggest story this offseason was the contract extension Matthew Stafford received. It took most of the offseason for the deal to be negotiated, but the two sides did manage to get something done. The deal was made official earlier this month, and Stafford ended up having three years and $53 million added on to his deal.
In other contract news, wide receiver Nate Burleson and center Dominic Raiola both took a pay cut in order to stay with the team. Also, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh both had their contracts restructured in order to create cap room.
Here are some other "notable" stories involving the Lions this offseason:
- Ndamukong Suh rode a Zamboni at a Red Wings playoff game
- Barry Sanders won the Madden 25 cover vote over Adrian Peterson
- Calvin Johnson was voted third in NFL Network's top 100 rankings yet again
Like I said, it was a pretty uneventful offseason in terms of off-the-field stuff, especially compared to last year. For that, I say thank you to the Lions.