Jan 21, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brock Wright (89) reacts after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half in a 2024 NFC divisional round game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lions match 49ers’ offer sheet for TE Brock Wright

The Detroit Lions on Wednesday matched the three-year offer sheet of the San Francisco 49ers to restricted free agent tight end Brock Wright, ESPN reported.

The offer sheet was worth $12 million, including $6 million guaranteed, according to the report. The Lions had tendered a one-year deal worth $2.985 million to Wright in early March.

Wright, 25, caught 13 passes for 91 yards behind Lions starting tight end Sam LaPorta last season. Wright played in 14 games, starting four when LaPorta was out with a knee injury.

Wright, who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2021, has 43 catches for 424 yards and seven touchdowns in 41 career games (19 starts) with the Lions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 17, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; A detailed view of a New York Giants helmet before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

NFL grants international market access to four new teams

The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants are going global.

The four teams are entering the NFL’s Global Markets Program for the first time, with three of them including Germany among their target countries.

In the third year of the league’s program, the total number of teams participating has risen to 25 across 19 different markets around the country. The program aims to help teams grow their presence on the international stage with events, marketing and commercial opportunities.

The Browns were granted rights to Nigeria — the first NFL team to access that market.

The Giants have rights to Germany, the Colts were allowed both Austria and Germany and the Lions were granted Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Canada.

The league also said that the Miami Dolphins are expanding their rights holdings to Argentina, Colombia and Mexico — the former two being targets for the first time. Miami already had rights in Brazil, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The Los Angeles Rams, who previously had rights in Australia, New Zealand, China and Mexico, became the first teams to expand their rights to Japan and South Korea.

“The momentum of the Global Markets Program underscores the strong commitment of NFL clubs to growing the game and their passionate fan bases around the world. Clubs are seeing the value and opportunity in new markets and aligning with the league to accelerate that growth together,” Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s executive vice president for club business, major events and international, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see the ongoing impact of the program on fandom and global growth in this season and in years ahead, both in new and existing markets and via new clubs joining and active clubs deepening their strategic commitments.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 14, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Cameron Sutton (1) and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (42) break up a pass during the first half of a 2024 NFC wild card game against the Los Angeles Rams at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Lions release CB Cameron Sutton amid criminal allegations

The Detroit Lions released starting cornerback Cameron Sutton on Thursday, a day after authorities in Florida announced they were looking for him following allegations of aggravated battery-domestic violence.

The Lions posted a one-sentence announcement of his release on social media without further detail.

The sheriff’s office in Hillsborough County, Fla., said Wednesday that Sutton was being sought in the case and described the Jeep Grand Wagoneer that he was believed to be driving. The public was asked to contact the office if Sutton or the vehicle were spotted.

The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday that Sutton allegedly was involved in a domestic dispute on March 7 in Lutz, Fla. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, Sutton was not there, and they have not been able to locate him.

The Lions issued a statement on Wednesday that said team officials had just learned of the warrant.

“We became aware of the ongoing legal situation involving Cam Sutton this morning,” the statement read. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will not have further comment at this time.”

Sutton, 29, joined the Lions last season on a three-year, $33 million deal signed in March 2023 after six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

He started all 17 regular-season games with the Lions, posting 65 tackles, an interception, one forced fumble and six passes defensed. He started Detroit’s three playoff games as well, adding eight tackles and breaking up three passes.

–Field Level Media

Detroit Lions cornerback Cameron Sutton (1) celebrates a play against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of the wild-card round game at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Jan, 14, 2024.

Lions CB Cameron Sutton wanted on domestic violence warrant

Detroit Lions starting cornerback Cameron Sutton is the subject of an arrest warrant in Hillsborough County, Fla.

The sheriff’s office there said Wednesday he is wanted for aggravated battery-domestic violence and described the Jeep Grand Wagoneer that he was believed to be driving. The public was asked to contact the office if Sutton or the vehicle were spotted.

The Detroit Free Press confirmed this is the same Sutton who plays for the Lions.

Sutton, 29, joined the Lions last season on a three-year, $33 million deal signed in March 2023 after six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

He started all 17 regular-season games with the Lions, posting 65 tackles, an interception, one forced fumble and six passes defensed. He started the Lions’ three playoff games as well, adding eight tackles and breaking up three passes.

–Field Level Media

Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell walk off the field after practice Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the Allen Park practice facility.

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Lions extend contracts of coach Dan Campbell, GM Brad Holmes

Fresh off their second-ever appearance in the NFC championship game, the Detroit Lions rewarded head coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes with contract extensions through the 2027 season on Thursday.

The team did not announce financial terms.

“We are thrilled to have Brad and Dan under contract for the next four seasons,” said Sheila Hamp, the team’s principal owner and chair. “They have been the driving force behind the rebuild of our football team and the success that we have enjoyed. The continuity they provide for our football program will continue to be the key to our future success on the field.”

Seeking a total turnaround from the Matt Patricia era, when the Lions were 14-33-1, Hamp hired Holmes and Campbell before the 2021 season.

In that first campaign, the team was 3-13-1 as it worked to create an identity under the new coaching staff and new quarterback Jared Goff. A 9-8 season followed before the Lions won the NFC North with a 12-5 record and had a 24-7 lead on the San Francisco 49ers in the conference title game before losing 34-31.

Holmes, who went to Detroit from the Los Angeles Rams, is credited with building the Lions through strong draft picks, including Penei Sewell (2021, No. 7 overall), Alim McNeill (2021, No. 72 overall), Amon-Ra St. Brown (2021, No. 112 overall), Aidan Hutchinson (2022, No. 2 overall), Jameson Williams (2022, No. 12 overall), Kerby Joseph (2022, No. 97 overall), Jahmyr Gibbs (2023, No. 12 overall), Jack Campbell (2023, No. 18 overall), Sam LaPorta (2023, No. 34 overall) and Brian Branch (2023, No. 45 overall).

He was named NFL Executive of the Year in 2023 by the Pro Football Writers of America.

The team also announced an extension for Chris Spielman, a former standout linebacker for the Lions who serves as special assistant to Hamp and team president/CEO Ron Wood.

“I could not be more proud of the work that Brad, Dan and Chris have done for our organization,” Wood said. “They have selflessly worked together to build a winning culture within the Lions. I am excited to continue working with them to create the sustained success that we envision for the team, our fans, and the city of Detroit.”

–Field Level Media

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (23) tackles Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (1) in the third quarter of Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Eagles bring back DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson

C.J. Gardner-Johnson agreed to a three-year deal to return to the Philadelphia Eagles after leaving for the Detroit Lions in free agency last year, ESPN and the Detroit Free-Press reported Tuesday.

A demonstrative defensive back who lines up at safety but thrives near the line of scrimmage, Gardner-Johnson missed all but three games in the 2023 regular season because of a torn pectoral muscle. He was placed on injured reserve following the Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks but worked to get back for the end of the season and playoffs.

Gardner-Johnson, 26, can make up to $33 million over the course of the deal, ESPN reported.

Described by Lions coach Dan Campbell as part of the heart-and-soul of Detroit’s defense, the Eagles found out how much he meant to the team only after his exit. Gardner-Johnson was a key starter for the Eagles during their Super Bowl runner-up finish two seasons ago.

Last season, general manager Howie Roseman used multiple avenues, including the draft and a trade with the Titans in October to acquire former All-Pro Kevin Byard, but safety remained a position of weakness through the 2023 season.

By reeling Gardner-Johnson back in, the Eagles fill one of their lone roster needs in a free agency period that includes agreements with running back Saquon Barkley and re-signing guard Landon Dickerson to a massive deal (reportedly $84 million).

Gardner-Johnson was acquired by the Eagles from the Saints in 2022. He played for New Orleans from 2019-21.

–Field Level Media

Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis III (24) gestures after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of a 2024 NFC wild card game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Lions receive CB Carlton Davis III in trade with Buccaneers

The Detroit Lions acquired veteran cornerback Carlton Davis III from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, according to multiple reports.

The Lions will also receive sixth-round picks in the 2024 and 2025 drafts, while Tampa Bay will receive a 2024 third-round selection from Detroit.

Davis is slated to earn $14 million in base salary in 2024 in the final season of a three-year, $44.5 million deal.

Davis, 27, spent his first six NFL seasons with the Buccaneers and has nine interceptions, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and 324 tackles in 76 games (75 starts).

He had a career-best four interceptions in 2020 when he earned a Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay.

Davis played college football for Auburn and was selected in the second round of the 2018 draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Detroit Lions offensive lineman Graham Glasgow (60) blocks against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Lions to re-sign OG Graham Glasgow to $20M deal

Detroit Lions guard Graham Glasgow agreed to a three-year, $20 million contract to remain with the NFC North champions hours before he was eligible to hit free agency.

Glasgow, 31, started 15 games in 2023 and was expected to be a coveted free agent when teams were permitted to discuss signing him on Monday.

The third-round pick in 2016, Glasgow began his carer with the Lions and spent four seasons with the Broncos before returning to Detroit in free agency last season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs (23) and teammates head out to the field before the start of the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lions letting CB Jerry Jacobs enter free agency

The Detroit Lions will not tender restricted free agent cornerback Jerry Jacobs, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Jacobs, 26, is now set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13.

Undrafted in 2021, he posted 131 tackles and four interceptions in 40 games (29 starts) for the Lions.

Jacobs started 12 of his 15 games last season and set career highs in interceptions (three) and tackles (55). He was placed on injured reserve on Jan. 13 with a thigh/knee injury.

–Field Level Media

Dec 10, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell talks with quarterback Jared Goff (16) in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Lions driven by painful defeat, back Jared Goff

INDIANAPOLIS — Adamant the Detroit Lions will be back to the conference championship stage on his watch, Dan Campbell vows to learn from the most painful loss of his coaching career last month in San Francisco.

“To me, you should benefit from every loss. I think if the losses don’t motivate you to not lose again, and for sure not lose an NFC Championship game, then something’s wrong,” Campbell said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “To me, that’s the ultimate. You just don’t want to have that feeling anymore. You should do whatever it takes not to want to feel that. Absolutely we’ll benefit from that.”

Detroit won the NFC North and advanced to the conference title game for the first time since 1993, but the 49ers scored 27 unanswered points to erase a 24-7 halftime deficit and win 34-31.

The loss seemed like the likely final game with offensive coordinator Ben Johnson on Campbell’s staff. He was a finalist to be head coach of the Washington Commanders and Seattle Seahawks. But Johnson surprised both teams by informing them he was returning to Detroit.

“Here’s what I know about Ben: Ben is not — when Ben is focused on this, he’s focused on this. Nothing is going to move that for him,” Campbell said. “Once this item is done, he can close it and then he’ll move on to the next one. … I know this, he’s more than capable of being a head coach. He’s qualified. By the way people have hired in this league before, he’s more than qualified. But here’s what I love about Ben: Ben’s not going to do anything he doesn’t really want to do or that he doesn’t feel like he’s ready for. I’m glad we got him back. He’s one of us.”

Johnson has been vital elevating the performance of quarterback Jared Goff, who wraps a four-year, $134 million deal at the end of the upcoming season. But the Lions are talking to Goff about a new contract now, and Campbell sounds all but certain he’s the right man at the trigger to get Detroit to the Super Bowl based largely on his growth under Johnson.

He has 9,013 passing yards, 59 touchdowns and 19 interceptions the past two seasons. Patrick Mahomes put up 9,433 yards, 68 touchdowns and 26 interceptions — and lost to Goff — with the Chiefs during the same stretch.

Of course, Mahomes has three shiny Lombardi trophies to show for his efforts and is two years younger than Goff.

During his Tuesday media session, Campbell was asked if the Lions can win a Super Bowl with Goff at quarterback.

“I get it because it hasn’t happened yet,” Campbell said, “but I don’t get it because, take the NFC Championship game, I thought he played a good game for us. He gave us a chance to win that. I just feel like, man, since he’s been here, I’ve seen a quarterback that’s gotten better and better and better, and has grown every year, and I would say has gotten better under pressure every year and really just rose to the challenge. He’s more and more confident, he’s more comfortable. So I’ve said this before, to me, Jared Goff is a winning quarterback. You can win in this league with that guy.”

–Field Level Media