Questions about Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley really dominated the conversation during Martin Mayhew's Wednesday media session at the NFL Combine, but he did address the status of several other players. Here's a recap of what he had to say:
- The Lions have had conversations with Matt Prater about returning next season, and they're planning on meeting with his agent this week at the combine. Prater has already expressed a desire to stay in Detroit, so it seems likely that he will be re-signed at some point.
- It appears that Reggie Bush's status with the Lions for 2015 is still up in the air.
Mayhew said he hasn't made a determination on what Bush's future with the Lions is. We'll see if he takes less money to stay.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 18, 2015
- Instead of releasing Bush, the Lions could always restructure some contracts to create extra cap space, and it sounds like they're making plans to do just that.
Mayhew said he's still in dialogue with players about contract restructures to clear cap space— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 18, 2015
- When exactly is Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne going to join an NFL team? It's unclear, but the Lions are still in talks with him.
- The Lions are also in talks with Gunther Cunningham about whether or not he will return as a senior coaching assistant.
Dominic Raiola is still the only impending free agent who will for sure not be back in Detroit next season.
Mayhew said the #Lions have not made final determinations on any vet other than Raiola.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) February 18, 2015
- Finally, Mayhew indicated that no decision has been made on Riley Reiff's fifth-year option. It's tough to understand why the Lions wouldn't pick up the fifth year in Reiff's contract, but apparently they are still talking things over.