Martin Mayhew Discusses Futures Of Some Free Agents

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew discussed the futures of some of the Detroit Lions pending free agents at the NFL Combine with Detroit media members.  He did not discuss every player, but he did make mention of a few of them, as well as clarifying statuses of some of their other players as well.

  • Defensive end Jason Jones will be a Lion next season and is not expected to restructure.  Mayhew was adamant that he likes what Jones has done for the Lions and expects him to suit up next season.
  • Defensive end George Johnson, a restricted free agent, will be tendered.  That means that if he is signed by any other team, the Lions will receive draft picks if he leaves.  Otherwise, he will return to the team.
  • Linebacker Josh Bynes will not be tendered.  The Lions would welcome him back if that happens but he will not be tendered.
  • Quarterback Kellen Moore will not be tendered.  The Lions stated that they want to bring him back, but decided against tendering him
  • Tackle Riley Reiff is not locked into the left tackle spot.  The Lions are also still deciding whether or not to pick up his fifth year option.
  • Quarterback Dan Orlovsky is another target that Mayhew would like back.  Whether or not a contract is agreed to is still to be determined.
  • Longsnapper Don Muhlbach is expected to be back once contract talks happen.
  • Kicker Matt Prater has been in discussions with Mayhew regarding a contract.  Mayhew said he is expected to meet with Prater’s agent again today in an attempt to get things moving.
  • The Lions have a strong desire to re-sign corner Rashean Mathis.  They obviously would like a new corner as a starter opposite Darius Slay but want to have Mathis back given his production and versatility.
  • Finally, Mayhew stated that contract talks with Ndamukong Suh and his agent are progressing.  He refused to say that they are close to a deal and agent Jimmy Sexton refused comment as well.  I would expect complete silence about the progress of their talks until a deal is reached, whether it be with the Lions or another team.

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