Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew recently talked to the Free Press about his decision from 2012 to trade a fifth-round pick for wide receiver Mike Thomas. The trade turned out to be a bad one since Thomas didn't do much of anything with the Lions before he was released last summer, and Mayhew blamed his lack of a clear plan for Thomas on things not working out. Since Thomas was so versatile, Mayhew thought the Lions would figure out his role after trading for him, and that was a mistake since they "just never found anything for him." Lesson learned, I suppose.
- Take this with a grain of salt, but Mayhew said on Monday that he hadn't talked to anybody at this year's NFL owners meetings about any kind of a possible trade.
- Thanks to a new NFL rule, a camera will finally be inside of the Lions' draft room this year.
For the draft fans out there, Mayhew said the NFL is going to mandate that every team have a camera in their draft room. No mics though.
- It's not tough to read between the lines of this statement from Bill Ford Jr.:
Asked how disappointing 2013 was, Ford mentioned Caldwell. "Jim has brought a level of calmness & maturity immediately to the organization."— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 24, 2014
- National Football Post has a look at what goes on inside the mind of a salary cap manager.