- The Detroit Lions officially tendered restricted free agent George Johnson at the original-round level. This means that he now has a one-year deal worth $1.542 million on the table. Another team can present him with an offer sheet that the Lions would have the opportunity to match, but if they declined to match it, they would receive no compensation since Johnson entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent. (The second-round tender, for what it's worth, would have given Johnson $2.356 million for 2015.)
- The Lions also tendered exclusive-rights free agent Jeremy Ross. This will give him a minimum type of deal, and he will not be able to negotiate with other teams.
- According to Dave Birkett, it's unlikely that Jed Collins will be re-signed by the Lions. Instead, they are "planning to go young" at fullback, meaning that Emil Igwenagu is currently penciled in as the starter at that position.
- Mel Kiper has the Lions taking Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman in his latest 2015 NFL mock draft.
- Former Lion Jason Fox is sticking with the Miami Dolphins.
Dolphins OT Jason Fox gets $2.5 million on a two-year deal after playing for the minimum last year.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 5, 2015
- Adios, Brandon Marshall.
Jets will send a fifth-round pick to Chicago for WR Brandon Marshall.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 6, 2015
- Speaking of the New York Jets...
#Jets are expected to release WR Percy Harvin, sources say. Not a surprise given today’s Brandon Marshall trade. Will have an active market— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2015
- Finally, Beast Mode is coming back for at least one more season.
Spotted on plane on way to SEA, Marshawn Lynch has decided to return to NFL; he and Seattle have reached agreement on new deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2015
Lions notes: George Johnson gets original-round tender
Lions notes looks at George Johnson, Jed Collins and much more.
By Sean Yuille