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.
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.
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.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS FROM THE WEEK:
- Vice chairman Bill Ford says Caldwell has brought a level of "calmness and maturity" to the organization.
- Ford says don't expect much to change with how Lions' management runs the organization, "I’ve never felt that a terribly hands-on model would fit our organization well."
- Lions' awarded with two fourth-round compensatory picks.
- For Caldwell, there's a right way for the QB to do the job, and nothing else.
- Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. passed away at the age of 88, leaving a legacy of grace in victory and defeat and as visionary who played a key role in expanding the popularity of pro football.
- Senior writer Tim Twentyman spent pro day at Notre Dame with Lions regional scout Joe Kelleher to get an inside look at pro day and a scout's job.
- Lions doing their homework on top receiving prospects as both Mayhew and Caldwell attended Sammy Watkins' and Mike Evans' pro day.
- Mayhew says he's not opposed to drafting a backup quarterback for