Lions tender exclusive rights free agents; Suh finds an agent

Posted Mar 7, 2014

The Lions have inked all five of their exclusive rights free agents and reports are that Ndamukong Suh has signed with agent Jimmy Sexton

Jeremy RossWR Jeremy Ross (Photo: Gavin Smith)

The Detroit Lions are hanging on to some of their young players.

The team has tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman.

Exclusive rights free agents are players with fewer than three accrued seasons.

Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season. The Lions are expected to revamp their receiving corps this offseason and Durham will try to secure a reserve role among that new unit.

Ross became the team’s primary kick and punt returner midseason and turned out to be a valuable weapon for the Lions. He finished with a 16.2 punt return average and a 29.3 average on kickoff returns. He scored on a 98-yard kickoff return and a 58-yard punt return in a game at Philadelphia this past season, becoming just the second Lions player ever to accomplish the feat, joining Eddie Payton in 1977.

He'll also have a chance to play more in the slot with Nate Burleson no longer with the team and Ryan Broyles recovering from a third major leg injury.

Greenwood, a former fifth-round pick in 2012, got a chance to play at the end of last year and showed some promise. He’ll attempt to be in the mix in the Lions secondary this fall.

Stanford was a valuable special teams performer after being picked up late in the year and Veldman has potential as a versatile tight end.


After more than a month of searching, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh apparently has found an agent.

Now let the negotiations begin.

Suh has hired CAA’s Jimmy Sexton, according to the Sports Business Journal.

Martin Mayhew said at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. "I wouldn’t be surprised if this one happened the same way, in that same time frame – on the eve of free agency or into free agency.

“If it doesn’t get done, we’re fine with that. We can create some space. I anticipate something getting done with him.”

The Lions have negotiated major extensions for Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford the last two offseasons. Johnson’s seven-year. $113 million deal was done on the eve of free agency in 2012. Stafford’s three-year, $53 million extension wasn’t done until July of last year.

Stafford is also represented by CAA.