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Lions tender all five of their exclusive-rights free agents

The Detroit Lions have kicked off free agency by tendering contracts to all five of their exclusive-rights free agents.


The Detroit Lions have tendered one-year contract offers to four of their exclusive-rights free agents, according to Dave Birkett. The Lions extended offers on Friday to wide receiver Jeremy Ross, tight end Matt Veldman, linebacker Julian Stanford and cornerback Chris Greenwood, meaning all four players will be back going into the 2014 season. (Exclusive-rights free agents don't have the option of talking with other teams, so they will for sure be back.)

Via Birkett, here are the 2014 salaries for these four players:

  • WR Jeremy Ross: $570,000
  • TE Matt Veldman: $420,000
  • LB Julian Stanford: $570,000
  • CB Chris Greenwood: $570,000

It's no surprise that all of these players were tendered considering the cost is so low. Guys like Veldman, Stanford and Greenwood will at the very least provide some competition at their respective positions during training camp, and Ross should continue to serve as the Lions' kick and punt returner after a strong 2013.

Wide receiver Kris Durham is also an exclusive-rights free agent, and the Lions have already indicated that they plan on bringing him back, so chances are he will be tendered a contract as well in the coming days.

UPDATE: Tim Twentyman reports that the Lions have also tendered a contract offer to Durham, so all five of the Lions' ERFAs have been tendered.

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