- The numbers on the Detroit Lions’ signing of Matt Cassel are out, and they are extremely low, as expected. As first reported by Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, the Lions signed the veteran quarterback to a veteran minimum deal, which comes with a mere cap hit of $720,000 and $350,000 of dead money, if cut. Full details:
Matt Cassel's deal has some guarantees attached to it, but not enough to suggest door is closed on Rudock.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) April 11, 2018
Cassel got one year, vet minimum, $260K guaranteed + 90K signing bonus. That's a vet min benefit cap hit of $720K ($350K dead money).
Rudock at $630K, all non-guaranteed
Mentioned the other day I was expecting an MSB deal on Matt Cassel's one-year contract with the Lions. That's what he got with some guaranttes: $1.015M base salary, $90k SB. Total $350k guaranteed.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 11, 2018
- Ever wonder what these early offseason workouts look like, especially considering the Lions can’t do any real football drills yet? Well, the Lions actually have Day 1 highlights from Monday’s workouts.
- While running some drills during Georgia’s Pro Day, Lions head coach Matt Patricia gave linebacker prospect Lorenzo Carter a long, hard look:
The way Matt Patricia looked at Lorenzo Carter after finishing this drill is still one of my favorite Pro Day moments from this year. He was in awe.— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) April 7, 2018
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press runs through the 14 Lions players that are set to earn workout bonuses this offseason, including Matthew Stafford, who will earn $500,000 if he participates in 90 percent of workouts.
- Is Color Rush dead just three years after it debuted on Thursday Night Football? It certains seems like it will no longer be mandatory for teams on Thursday night:
Bill Wanger of FOX Sports says alternate uniforms on Thursday Night Football are going away. Hardcore fans don’t need gimmicks to watch. The game schedule will also be stronger. #NABShow— Jason Barrett (@sportsradiopd) April 10, 2018
That being said, Austin Knoblauch of NFL.com says the uniforms “aren’t going away completely, but they might no longer be exclusive to Thursday night games.” So if you bought a Lions color rush jersey last year, you’ll likely see them again on the field, just maybe not on Thursday. Of course, the Lions wore them on a Saturday last year anyways.
- Arguably the best tight end in this year’s draft class will be working out for the Lions:
South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert, who is in the mix to be the first TE drafted, is visiting the #Dolphins today, source said. He’s been busy, also working out for or visiting the #Seahawks, #Chargers, #Lions, among others.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 11, 2018
- Tuesday afternoon the Detroit Lions announced that offensive tackle Emmett Cleary has been placed on the reserve-retired list.