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Lions notes: Brandon Pettigrew, Golden Tate, more

Lions notes looks at Brandon Pettigrew, Golden Tate and much more.

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  • If you're rooting for the Detroit Lions to release Brandon Pettigrew at some point this year, I'm afraid I've got some bad news: With how Pettigrew's contract is structured, he could very well be a cap casualty next year, but he's probably not going anywhere this year.

  • As noted by the Free Press' Dave Birkett, Golden Tate's base salary for 2015 also became fully guaranteed last week. In addition, Tate, Pettigrew and Eric Ebron recently received money that was deferred from their signing bonuses last offseason.

  • It doesn't sound like the Lions are planning to switch their defense to a 3-4 scheme. Chances are there will be occasional 3-4 looks, but it seems that the Lions' base defense will continue to be a 4-3 setup.

  • Here's another update on free-agent offensive guard Justin Blalock:
  • Nick Fairley tweeted the following message after signing with the St. Louis Rams last week:
  • Speaking of Fairley, to say his contract with the Rams is heavy on incentives would be an understatement:
  • Haloti Ngata wrote a goodbye letter to the city of Baltimore after being traded to the Lions.

  • MLive's Justin Rogers put together a projection of a possible contract extension between Ngata and the Lions.

  • DeMaurice Smith will continue to serve as the NFLPA's Executive Director after being re-elected over the weekend.

  • Defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Randy Starks are off the market after signing with the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns on Monday.

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