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Lions Notes: Martin Mayhew Talks About Upcoming Offseason

  • Martin Mayhew met with the media today and answered a number of questions about the Lions' plans for the offseason. One of the most notable things from the press conference was that he confirmed Julian Peterson will be released. Mayhew said that he met with Peterson on Monday, thanked him for his two years with the Lions and informed him that the team is going to part ways with him this offseason.
  • Another linebacker, Jordon Dizon, is apparently unlikely to be brought back next season as well, which surprises me a bit.
  • The Lions haven't decided what to do with Drew Stanton yet. Mayhew said he was pleased with Stanton's performance on the field, but him being injured so often is a concern.
  • Mayhew didn't outright say that Jason Hanson would be competing for his job next season, but he did say that the kicker position is one of many where the Lions are still formulating their plans for 2011.
  • Mayhew said that Chris Houston "is a guy that we definitely want back."
  • Mayhew holds himself to high standards, as he said that he's "got a lot of work to do" despite the Lions' strong finish and promising play this past season.
  • The Lions have six picks in the 2011 NFL Draft right now. (They are lacking a sixth-rounder.)
  • Jerome Felton, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason, wants to be used more by the Lions or go play somewhere else, not that that will necessarily be his choice since he isn't going to be an unrestricted free agent.
  • Tom Kowalski compiled a list of Lions players that are expected to be free agents this upcoming offseason (things could change if a new CBA is agreed to).
  • Matt Millen admitted in an interview that he "stunk" as GM of the Detroit Lions. In other news, the sky is blue.
  • Via Kevin Seifert, the Lions had the most difficult schedule in the NFC North this past season. Based on their 2011 opponents' records this season, the Lions are tied for having the third-most difficult schedule in the NFL next season.
  • Tom Lewand said recently in an interview that "there's no reason to believe" Matthew Stafford will be anything but 100 percent healthy going into next season.
  • Pro Football Talk's final power rankings of the 2010 season has the Lions ranked 14th.
  • John Clayton gave the Lions a B grade for the 2010 season.

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