- LaAdrian Waddle missed the Detroit Lions' season finale because of a left ankle injury that forced him to wear a walking boot. The good news is that Waddle's injury is merely a "little sprain," and he doesn't think surgery will be necessary to repair the injury. Waddle started eight games for the Lions in 2013 and is expected to be their starting right tackle going forward.
- Regardless of who is hired as their new head coach, Lions offensive linemen don't want to see offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn go anywhere. Washburn took over the position of offensive line coach in 2013, and the O-line was absolutely dominant for the Lions. I'm with them... he should be retained for sure.
- Based on Pro Football Focus' numbers, Matthew Stafford regressed big time in the final quarter of the season for the Lions, whereas Rashean Mathis improved quite a bit.
- The Chicago Bears re-signed quarterback Jay Cutler (and two other players) on Thursday. Cutler's new deal is for seven years and is worth $126 million. That seems like a lot, but only $54 million of that is guaranteed, and it's really more like a three-year deal in reality.
- Rotoworld's Evan Silva has Shaun Hill ranked as the No. 4 free-agent quarterback with Cutler off the market.
- Where do new head coaches come from? Football Perspective has the answer.
- A pair of college wide receivers declared for the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday:
Texas A&M WR Mike Evans and Penn St. WR Allen Robinson declared for NFL draft.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2014