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2018 Schedule
6-10, 4th in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions re-signed DB Marcus Cooper to a one-year deal, the team announced. Claimed off waivers just after Thanksgiving last year, he was primarily a special teams player for Detroit.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach Zenner's one-year contract with the Lions is an $805,000 base salary deal — $100,000 fully guaranteed — with a $150,000 signing bonus. He also has a $50,000 roster bonus and a total cap charge of $1.05 million. He also has a workout bonus of $45,000 and incentives that can hit up to $600,000 for 500 or more yards and five or more touchdowns ($300,000 each). Reasonable deal for the Lions veteran.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions are signing S Andrew Adams, a source has confirmed to ESPN. Was with the Giants and Tampa in his career. Had his best year last year with the Bucs, including four interceptions.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jesse James on whether or not anything surprised him about the Antonio Brown trade: "Nothing really. It had to happen. It was time for him to move on from Pittsburgh and time for Pittsburgh to move on from him. I think things blew out of control pretty fast there, didn't expect it to go the way that it did as fast as it did. But I think the Steelers and him were at peace with wanting to move on and really happy that it's over."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

New Lions pass-rusher Trey Flowers getting introduced in Detroit. Said he's going to take care of his folks with his newly earned money and put the rest away.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Coleman said "it's an honor" to be considered the highest-paid slot corner but said that now he has to "prove that I'm worth what I was given." Coleman said he's played a little bit of everywhere in his career -- inside, outside, even some safety. So he can play anywhere.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

New Lions TE Jesse James said he had "some success" in Pittsburgh but that he wasn't used the way he thinks he'll be used here. He doesn't think he was misused with the Steelers but that he'll be able to do more with Detroit. He never had more than 500 yards receiving with Pittsburgh.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have made the Jesse James signing official. The tight end received a four-year, $22.6 million contract including a $7.145 million signing bonus and $10.5 million guaranteed -- all fully guaranteed. His guaranteed money runs out after the 2020 season. He has $1.2 million escalators worked into his contract for 2021 and 2022 based on playing time, receptions, yards and touchdowns. He also has a voidable year in the deal in 2023. Each of the four years of the deal also have a $50,000 workout bonus.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have also made the Justin Coleman signing official. He signed a four-year, $36 million contract including a $10.145 million signing bonus and $19 million guaranteed either fully or for injury only. His cap hit for 2019 is $3,391,250. He has $50,000 workout bonuses worked into every year of his contract.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have made the Trey Flowers signing official -- announcing it on their Twitter feed. Flowers signed a five-year deal worth $90 million, including a $28.07 million signing bonus and total guarantees (both full and for injury-only) of $56 million. His 2019 cap hit of $6.419 million is manageable. He has guaranteed non-bonus money worked into the first three years of his deal and roster bonuses he can achieve in the final two years of his contract.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions are bringing in safety Andrew Adams for a visit, ESPN has confirmed. The Detroit Free Press first reported the visit. Adams played most of last season in Tampa Bay, where he had a career-high four interceptions and nine passes defended in nine games. Prior to Tampa, Adams played in 2016 and 2017 with the Giants -- a theme among defenders the Lions have often looked at. He played college football at Connecticut. He could be a third safety-type for the Lions, competing with Tavon Wilson (and theoretically Tracy Walker) if he were to sign in Detroit.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Looking at Justin Coleman's contract, all but $1.1 million of his $19 million guaranteed coming in the first two years. $10.145 million of it is in signing bonus. His cap numbers the last two years are $11,536,250. Based on this, he's going to have to play really well to see the last two years of this deal in my opinion — although depending on the new CBA it might not be as bad at all. For perspective, Darius Slay has a $15.9 million cap hit this year and a $13.4 million hit next year.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have re-signed RB Zach Zenner to a one-year deal. Zenner was placed on injured reserve and cut early last year before re-signing in November. In 2017, he was inactive for games at the start of last season before catching on after injuries hit Detroit. He could end up being the team's No. 2/3 running back along with pass-catching specialist Theo Riddick, sharing time behind Kerryon Johnson. Zenner also offers special teams value. Zenner had a market of a handful of teams but chose to stay in Detroit -- the place he's been his entire career.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the details of wide receiver Danny Amendola's one-year contract with the Lions, signed yesterday: Base salary -- fully guaranteed -- of $4.25 million. He has a roster bonus of $15,625 per game he's on the 46-man game-day roster with a maximum value of $250,000. He can earn up to $1.25 million in incentives based on markers with receptions, yards and playing time. He will have a cap hit in 2019 of $4,484,375. This all but guarantees Amendola is going to be on Detroit's roster this fall and also shows how much the Lions expect him to play. He has the second-highest cap charge of any Lions receiver, behind Marvin Jones, because Kenny Golladay is still on his rookie contract. Only Matthew Stafford, Theo Riddick, Rick Wagner and Jones have higher cap hits on the Lions offense, although the numbers for new tight end Jesse James, who intends to sign with the Lions this week when the new league year starts, is not yet known.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions after (most of) Day 1 of the legal tampering period: ADDED/UNOFFICIALLY AGREED TO TERMS: DE Trey Flowers WR Danny Amendola CB Justin Coleman TE Jesse James RELEASED: CB Nevin Lawson LB Trevor Bates SIGNED ELSEWHERE: No one as of yet

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have announced they released LB Trevor Bates, who was arrested in New York City in January and charged with a felony of intent to cause physical injury to an officer and four misdemeanors. He pled not guilty on Friday after being indicted by a grand jury in February. He had been undergoing psychiatric evaluation after the alleged incident.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Detroit Lions are all about business here on the first day of the legal tampering period, agreeing to terms with their third free agent of need (not counting Danny Amendola, who signed Monday) by snagging tight end Jesse James from Pittsburgh. James was one of the top tight ends in a somewhat underwhelming tight end market but he will solve an obvious hole for Detroit at the position. Both Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia identified tight end as a definitive position of need and went out and got a good one in James. James has 120 career catches for 1,189 yards and nine touchdowns with the Steelers. He should immediately slide into the No. 1 tight end spot and give Matthew Stafford a tall target in the red zone at 6-foot-7.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Trey Flowers is an easy fit for Matt Patricia's defense in Detroit. The scheme carry-over from New England caters to Flowers' versatility on the defensive front. Twist stunts, align in multiple positions. Plus, Flowers has the technique, power and short-area quickness to win on the edge.

John Pluym ESPN 

How desperate were the Detroit Lions to sign a pass rusher in free agency such as Trey Flowers? Detroit defenders only beat their blockers within 2.5 seconds on only 31.6 percent of passing plays last year, worst in the league. The two players with the worst pass-rush win rate, according to NFL Next Gen Stats: Romeo Okwara (6.5 percent) and Devon Kennard (4.2) both played for the Lions.

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Lions adding DE Flowers, CB Coleman, TE James

The Lions have agreed to a five-year deal with defensive end Trey Flowers, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Additionally, the team has agreed to terms with nickel cornerback Justin Coleman and tight end Jesse James, sources told ESPN.

Team Stats

Passing Yards223.520th
Rushing Yards103.823rd
Points For20.325th
Points Against22.5Tied-16th

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