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Detroit Lions free agency negotiating period Day 1 recap

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A look back on all of Monday’s news and rumors.

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Monday felt like a chaotic day for the Detroit Lions even though essentially nothing really happened. We covered all of the biggest news with our 2018 free agency news tracker, but let’s give a quick update on where things stand after one day of negotiations during the legal tampering period.

Lions continue their RB search

At the beginning of the day, it appeared the Lions were going to meet with both DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart on Monday. By the end of the day, that looked to be false.

The Lions first met with Stewart. There were no reports on how the meeting went, and no confirmation that he left town after visiting the Lions. However, there are reports that Stewart is scheduled to meet with the Giants on Tuesday.

(Note the soft language: “expected to visit.”)

As for Murray, it appears his visit got pushed back to Tuesday. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Murray will visit with the Lions, then head to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks:

Cornerback love

Though the Lions missed out on Richard Sherman, they aren’t letting that get in the way of adding other game-changing defensive backs.

According to several reports, the Lions are heavy players in signing Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo believes the Lions are in a two-team race with the Texans for Butler. However, Michael Giardi of NBC Sports Boston—who obviously knows a little about the Patriots and their players—believes there are a few other teams in the contention, including the Oakland Raiders. But Giardi admits the Lions are definitely interested:

Elsewhere, the Lions are still expected to meet with Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead. First, the Lions needed Shead to be released, which officially happened on Monday evening. The date and time of the meeting has yet to be released to the public.

What about defensive line?

While it wasn’t the player Lions fans were hoping for, Detroit apparently has strong interest in Eagles rotational defensive tackle Beau Allen. The Buccaneers also are in contention for Allen.

As for the bigger names, it just doesn’t seem like the Lions are currently interested in going for them:

Andrew No-rwell

One of the biggest free agents on the market is Panthers guard Andrew Norwell. The Lions happen to have a big need at guard, but don’t expect them to make a play on the All-Pro offensive lineman. According to USA Today’s Art Stapleton, there are only three teams left in contention for Norwell and none of them are the Lions:

Detroit has not been linked to any other free agent offensive linemen as of Monday night.

UPDATE: Norwell is going to the Jags:

Eric Ebron update


The young tight end remains on the roster, and there hasn’t been even a smidge of news regarding any potential trade partners or whether the Lions would consider a straight cut if they are unable to find a team to trade with.

However, the Lions are apparently one of seven teams interested in Eagles tight end Trey Burton. Burton played second fiddle to Zach Ertz in Philadelphia, but managed to find his niche and still haul in 23 catches for 248 yards and five touchdowns. Burton could be a complementary piece to Ebron, but the Lions may think he would thrive in a bigger role as a starter, too.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with Ebron.

What about their own guys?

The Lions have over 20 players of their own that could become free agents if Detroit doesn’t make a move on them, but there hasn’t been a word about any of them.

And I’m not just talking about news indicating that the Lions will make a move, but none of these players are making a peep about negotiations with any other team, either.

I suspect as we get closer to the 4 p.m. ET Wednesday deadline for the start of free agency, we may see some movement, but for now, all is quiet.

UPDATE: Tavon Wilson is coming back on a two-year, $7 million deal.