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Friday Notes: Lions Sign Keary Colbert, Two More Rookie Free Agents

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  • After working out wide receiver Keary Colbert on Wednesday, the Lions signed him on Thursday.  Colbert played for the Lions toward the end of last season once the IR started to fill up.
  • The Lions also signed running back Antone Smith of Florida State and center Dan Gerberry of Ball State.  Both players attended last weekend's rookie minicamp as tryouts.
  • Ernie Sims apparently feels much more comfortable in the Lions' new defense.
  • New Lions offensive lineman Kirk Barton recently had an interesting experience at a Britney Spears concert.  He also is staying in a hotel for 56 nights on the Lions' tab.  Barton thinks the Lions are "head and shoulders" above other NFL teams he's played for when it comes to ownership and food.
  • Grady Jackson was excused from the OTA earlier this week for "personal reasons," and we now know exactly why he was gone.  His brother, a football player hoping to make it in the NFL, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend and then shot himself.  His brother survived the shooting and was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge.  What is so odd about this story is that Jackson's brother survived a shooting back in 2002.  In that case he was an innocent victim, and the shooting put his football career on hold.  Only now did he work his way back to the point where he had a shot at getting a tryout with an NFL team, and now he has thrown it all away.
  • As most of you heard yesterday, ESPN officially hired Matt Millen.
  • Brett Favre reportedly is not going to unretire -- at least not yet, anyways.  It is only May, after all.  I'm willing to bet this isn't the last we will hear of this story.  In fact, if I had to make a prediction, I would say late June/early July is when talk of Favre signing with the Vikings comes about again.