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Lions notes: Ndamukong Suh, special teams, more

Lions notes looks at Ndamukong Suh, special teams and much more.

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  • For those wondering, franchising Ndamukong Suh would have cost about $18.2 million had his contract never been restructured, according to Joel Corry. That certainly would have been a lot easier to swallow than $26.9 million, but the Detroit Lions were in rough shape from the beginning thanks to the old collective bargaining agreement.

  • Speaking of Suh, I'm sure there will be plenty of tweets like this in the coming days:
  • According to Martin Mayhew, the Lions are "actively" in the market for players whose main role will be playing special teams. Mayhew cited guys like Don Carey, Isa Abdul-Quddus and Tahir Whitehead as examples of players who went from mainly being special teams contributors to receiving playing time on defense last season. In order to make sure the kick and punt units perform at a high level, it sounds like Mayhew wants more players who will be strictly focused on special teams. (Side note: Mayhew actually played for new Lions special teams coordinator Joe Marciano in 1996.)

  • SB Nation's latest 2015 NFL mock draft has the Lions taking Washington cornerback Marcus Peters in the first round and Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett in the second round.

  • The Lions attended Minnesota's pro day on Monday.

  • Some changes could be coming to the NFL Combine drills in the future.

  • There is apparently some talk of NFL rosters expanding from 53 to 55 players. Given how prevalent injuries are, I say the more the merrier.

  • The NFL's plans for this year's draft sound pretty wild.

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