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Lions Fire Jim Caldwell

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The Detroit Lions have decided to part ways with head coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions finished the season 9-7 after a 3-1 start.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported that Caldwell’s contract extension which was inked in early 2017 was for one year with options down the road.

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is scheduled for an interview on Monday and is the current front runner to succeed Caldwell.

After Sunday’s win over the Green Bay Packers, Caldwell addressed his status.

“Have you ever heard me defend or anything,” Caldwell said (h/t ESPN). “Not to anybody. It’s not just to you. It’s not to anybody. I don’t make any excuses. It’s just not the way I live my life. We go out and we do what we do and let everybody make an assessment from there.

“What’s the real assessment is wins, wins and losses. That’s the key.”

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Lions’ Darius Slay Reporting to Camp

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The Detroit Lions won’t have to worry about the status of cornerback Darius Slay for the start of training camp.

According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, Slay will report to camp as he continues to push for a new contract with the team.

Slay is coming off his second consecutive Pro Bowl season and has spent his entire career with the Lions.

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Glover Quinn Announces Retirement

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Former Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Quinn, 33, was released by the Lions back in February, and started all 16 games for Detroit during the 2018 season.

“Playing professional sports was always a dream of mine. Football was the route I chose and God blessed me to be able to persevere through all the hardships and play 10 years in the NFL,” Quin said, according to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity I had to play in the NFL with such great players and two great organizations.

“Football was never who I was as a person. It was always what I had done. I wanted to use football as a stepping stone into the rest of my life and not let football be my life. I always only wanted to play 10 years. Said if I was able to walk off the field after the last game in Year 10, it would be really hard for me to walk back on. I’m young, I’m healthy and I got a lot of life to live. So I’m walking away from the game of football.”

Quin notched 24 interceptions and 740 tackles over the course of his career.




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Patriots Acquire Micheal Roberts

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The New England Patriots have acquired veteran tight end Michel Roberts from the Detroit Lions for a conditional 2020 seventh-round draft pick, according to the Detroit News’ Justin Roberts.

Roberts hasn’t done much during his short career, but he certainly has potential that is intriguing.

New England is thin at tight end, and Roberts figures to vie for playing time alongside Matt LaCosse and Ben Watson, when Watson is eligible to play following a four-game suspension to start the season.

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