Post Archive Featuring free agency
The Lions have lost quarterback Drew Stanton to the Jets.
Stanton signed a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, according to reports, to be the back-up to starter Mark Sanchez, who recently signed a $40.5 million extension to be the clubs starter.Stanton told Detroitlions.com recently that he was hoping to find a team where he could compete for more playing time. (DetroitLions.com)
Drew Stanton says it may be time to move on (DetroitLions.com)
Al Alburquerque on track to start throwing program in late March (MLive)
Jim Leyland expects right-hander Collin Balester will make team as long reliever (MLive)
Detroit Lions and linebacker Stephen Tulloch are not close to a new contract, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
Tulloch will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. While Detroit would like to re-sign Tulloch, he seems ready to test the free agent waters. (MLive)
Jeff Backus has been a fixture at left tackle for the Lions for the past 11 years, and chances are good that streak continues.
Pat Dye, Backus’ agent, said today that he and the Lions had a productive meeting at the NFL combine last week. Backus will be an unrestricted free agent without a new deal by March 13.
“We met at the combine and had a positive discussion,” Dye said. “We’ll probably be reconvening here in the near future and we’ll see where it goes.” (Detroit Free Press)
Linebacker Landon Johnson is visiting the Lions today, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed. Johnson, 29, spent the last two seasons playing mostly special teams for the Panthers under Danny Crossman, who is now the Lions’ special teams coach. The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder was a starter the previous four years for the Bengals. The Lions also are supposed to host guard Chester Pitts today. Pitts, 30, started 114 consecutive games for the Texans before suffering a knee injury last year. He is recovering from surgery.