WEEK IN REVIEW: Top news from the NFL Owners Meetings

Posted Mar 29, 2014

Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara spent the week in Orlando, Florida, reporting team and league-related news from the annual NFL Owners meetings

There was plenty of news worthy items to pop up this week involving both team and league-related matters, as Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara went down to Orlando, Florida to report form the annual NFL Owners Meetings.

Nick Fairley, Ndamukong SuhDefensive tackles Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh (Photo: Gavin Smith)

In top team related news, general manager Martin Mayhew said the Lions will not pick up defensive tackle Nick Fairley's fifth-year option, wanting him to earn a new deal.

“He’s a phenomenal talent,” Mayhew said. “This guy can be whatever he wants to be. That’s probably why I’m on him so hard.

“If you look at him vs. Suh, he probably has better lateral quickness than Ndamukong does, he’s probably slightly a better athlete and definitely runs better in a straight line than Ndamukong. Ndamukong is a more powerful guy and he performs more consistent week in and week out.”

Lions' president Tom Lewand was originally planning to meet with Ndamukong Suh's agent, Jimmy Sexton, while attending the meetings. However, they opted to pick a different time to discuss the ongoing contract logistics.

The Lions also signed veteran safety James Ihedigbo to a two-year deal.

Ihedigbo has familiarity with defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and head coach Jim Caldwell from their time together in Baltimore.

Ravens' head coach Jon Harbaugh couldn't say enough about Ihedigbo at the meetings and believes he'll be a good presence both on and off the field for the Lions.

“The thing you’re going to find with James Ihedigbo, and the thing he brought to our team the last two years, he’s a high quality person. I mean he’s a leader. He’s a man of very strong faith and convictions. No one is going to work harder. He will be a great leader for your younger players,” said Harbaugh.