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Monday Notes: John Thornton Almost Signs with Lions

  • The start of training camp is now less than three weeks away!
  • The Lions came very close to signing defensive tackle John Thornton, who was a Bengal the last six years and played for Jim Schwartz in Tennessee for the first four years of his career.  Thornton visited with the Lions recently and even agreed to a deal before changing his mind.  The problem for Thornton was that Schwartz wanted him to put on 20 pounds.  Schwartz wants the entire team to bulk up, but he especially wants his defensive tackles to be big.  Thornton didn't want to gain all that weight, and after thinking about it for a few days, he opted to remain a free agent.
  • Ernie Sims says that his chemistry with Julian Peterson and Larry Foote is great both off and especially on the field.
  • Detroit4Lyfe put together a great post about what would have been the top ten Tweets from the Lions' sideline last season.
  • Dave Bing is going to host the ceremony for the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame's first induction class, which includes Lions executive James Harris.