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Although a report earlier said the Lions were close to a deal with Frank Gore, Gore won’t visit Detroit until Thursday and LeGarrette Blount travels there Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Lions already have visited with DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/14/legarrette-blount-will-visit-lions-on-friday/

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The Lions have until July 16 to sign franchise-tagged defensive end Ziggy Ansah to a long-term deal. It sounds like they won’t need that long.

Appearing this week on PFT Live, Lions G.M. Bob Quinn seemed to indicate that the team is more likely to take a wait-and-see approach with Ansah in 2018, before deciding whether to make a multi-year commitment. Quinn spoke in terms of new coach Matt Patricia getting to know what Ansah. In theory, Patricia could see enough to conclude that a long-term contract is justified before the deadline for finalizing a deal — if Ansah signs the tender and shows up for the offseason program.

But without a long-term contract, Anshah isn’t likely to attend the offseason program. Making it harder for Patricia to conclude that the franchise-tagged pass rusher should be part of the franchise’s future.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/30/lions-not-likely-to-sign-ziggy-ansah-to-long-term-deal/

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Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is locked up for another year. Ansah, who was Detroit’s franchise player, has signed his tender. That gives him a guaranteed salary of $17.143 million this season. If the Lions don’t work out a long-term deal with him, he’ll either hit unrestricted free agency next year or he’ll be guaranteed a 20 percent pay raise, which would mean a guaranteed salary of $20.572 million next year.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/04/17/lions-announce-ziggy-ansah-has-signed-franchise-tender/

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The Lions have agreed to trade defensive tackle Akeem Spence to the Dolphins, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports.

Earlier Thursday, the Lions agreed to restructure Spence’s contract. It dropped his base salary from $3.15 million to $2.575 million, with some incentives added back in to allow him to recoup some of the money. It cleared $500,000 in cap space.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/05/03/report-lions-trade-akeem-spence-to-miami/

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After the Lions selected Frank Ragnow in the first round of last month’s draft, they said they had not decided whether he would start his NFL career at guard or center. They haven’t made any final proclamations, but the signs point to guard. Ragnow has been working at left guard during OTAs with Graham Glasgow at center and said he’s happy to be anywhere the Lions want him to be this season.

 

Ragnow:  “Don’t really have a preference, just want to be out there helping the team. I’ve played a lot of positions in high school, played a lot of positions in college. I just like playing football and wherever they put me I’m going to be happy to be there.”

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/05/25/frank-ragnow-working-at-left-guard-for-lions/

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The rookie season appears to have come to an abrupt end for Lions seventh-round draft pick Nick Bawden. Bawden was injured in practice today and is believed to have suffered a torn ACL that will end his season, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

A fullback from San Diego State, Bawden was believed to have a very good shot of earning playing time as a rookie because the Lions liked his abilities as a lead blocker and a special teams player. He suffered the injury during a special teams drill.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/06/06/lions-seventh-round-pick-nick-bawden-suffers-apparent-torn-acl/

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