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Drew Coleman Signs 1-Year Deal With Detroit Lions

On Wednesday afternoon, the Detroit Lions came to terms on a one-year contract with veteran cornerback Drew Coleman, according to a report on the team's official website.

The move comes only a few hours after the team signed Justin Miller, another veteran cornerback, to a similar one-year deal. The additions are due to the team's decision to release troubled cornerback Aaron Berry, who had been dealing with legal problems and was arrested for the second time this offseason on Monday.

Via the Detroit Lions' website:

Coleman, 29, was drafted in the sixth round by the Jets in the 2006 NFL Draft and played and played his first five seasons in the league in New York (nine starts). He played 16 games (four starts) with the Jaguars last season. He had 46 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, forced three fumbles and defended nine passes for the Jaguars last season.

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Lions Offseason: Detroit Signs Veteran Cornerback Justin Miller

After releasing and voiding the contract of cornerback Aaron Berry on Monday after his second arrest this offseason, the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Justin Miller. The deal is for one year, according to Lions team blog:

Miller, 28, was a second round pick of the Jets (No. 25 overall) in 2005 out of Clemson. He started 12 games his first two seasons with the Jets, but made his biggest impact as a kick returner. He averaged 26.3 yards per kickoff return as a rookie with one touchdown. He averaged 28.3 yards per return his second season with two more touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl nod as the AFC's return specialist.

Miller worked out for the Lions on Wednesday and he provides much needed depth to the secondary with the departure of Berry.

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Lions Free Agency: Detroit Signs OT Jonathan Scott, Releases OT Johnny Culbreath

The Detroit Lions upgraded their offensive line depth with a key signing on Tuesday, as the team came to terms with 29-year-old free agent tackle Jonathan Scott, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Scott originally began his NFL career with the Lions in 2006 as a fifth round selection, but was cut shortly before his third season due to poor play. He then bounced around to Buffalo before landing in Pittsburgh in 2010, where he managed to record 14 starts on the line over the last two seasons. A 6'6", 318-pound presence who really never appeared consistent enough to cut it in the pros as a starter while he was fighting for playing time in Detroit, Scott will join a jam-packed competition for a starting tackle spot in camp alongside names like Jeff Backus, Riley Reiff, Corey Hilliard and Gosder Cherilus.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Lions cut ties with offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath, a seventh round draft pick in 2011. Culbreath was the first of seven Lions players to embarrass the organization with his decision-making this offseason after being arrested for marijuana possession in January, and is now the second (after Aaron Berry) to be released from the roster.

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Dominique Curry Comes To Terms With Detroit Lions

On Monday afternoon, the Detroit Lions announced that the club had come to terms with wide receiver Dominique Curry on a contract. Curry had spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams, as the team signed him as an undrafted free agent out of California (PA) in 2010.

After being part of the practice squad for most of his first season, Curry played in all 16 games last season, mostly in the role of a special teams player, and he did not record a single reception but did manage to collect 10 tackles.

With the addition of the 23-year-old, 6-foot-2, 224 pound receiver, the Lions have 13 receivers on their 90-man roster, which undoubtedly will make competition at training camp all the more intense.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Signs Veteran Safety Sean Jones

The Detroit Lions have been looking for help in their secondary all offseason. They lost cornerback Eric Wright early on and it was generally their weakest spot on the team in 2011. There were times when Matthew Stafford and the offense was on par with the best in the league but the defense just couldn't hold things together. On top of getting some help in the draft at cornerback, the Lions have been auditioning veteran safeties to come in and provide some help.

Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey are solid, but there's not much depth behind either of them, and most are of the opinion that the strong safety spot could still stand to be upgraded. According to Tim Twentyman on the official website, the Lions have made a signing: Sean Jones.

The team agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran Sean Jones on Monday, according to a league source. Jones passed his physical with the team on Monday. An unrestricted free agent, Jones, 30, visited the Lions' practice facility in Allen Park in early May, but left without a contract.

Jones has been a starter for the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who made moves in this past draft to draft Mark Barron early in the first round to replace Jones. He started all 32 games over the past two seasons with Tampa Bay.

According to the piece, the Lions had been giving the younger guys a longer look during the team's minicamp, but that general manager Martin Mayhew didn't see all he needed to see. Jones will come in and try to make a dent by unseating Spievey at the strong safety position, but as noted, safety wasn't the weakest part of the secondary in 2012. Cornerback was decidedly weaker and Spievey had a solid year, so Jones might only get as far as depth if he does make the roster.

The team had also looked at O.J. Atogwe and Chris Crocker this offseason. Atogwe is clearly the bigger name of the three, but he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles recently. Jones has started 85 games though and isn't too far behind Atogwe when it all comes down to it.

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Detroit Lions Claim CB Dontrell Johnson Off Waivers, Release S Alonzo Lawrence

The juggling of free agents in the offseason continued for the Detroit Lions on Friday, as they released safety Alonzo Lawrence in order to claim cornerback Dontrell Johnson off waivers. The minor move was originally reported on Twitter by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Johnson was originally picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars before being waived. He went to Murray State, picking up three interceptions in two years along with earning some good numbers in the punt return game, a position that the Lions have been working on this offseason.

Lawrence had originally been picked up by the Lions out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and had faced a very steep uphill battle to make the final roster for the team.

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Lions Sign QB R.J. Archer

The Detroit Lions have agreed to a one-year deal with quarterback R.J. Archer, according to Lions writer Tim Twentyman:

Archer, 24, played college football at William & Mary. He played last season in the Arena Football League for the Georgia Force. He completed 229 of 382 attempts for 49 touchdowns.

He signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He never took a snap in an NFL game.

Archer is the fourth quarterback on the current roster, along with Matthew Stafford, Kellen Moore and Shaun Hill.

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Lions Work Out, Sign WR Jarett Dillard

The Detroit Lions are pretty set at the wide receiver position. Calvin Johnson is potentially the best in the NFL at what he does and was recently rewarded with an appearance on the Madden NFL 13 cover. The team also has young prospect Titus Young, and they're hoping that he makes the jump this season and breaks out. On top of that, the team recently signed Maurice Stovall.

Stovall was with the Lions last season and played special teams, but the team isn't done bringing in wide receivers. According to the official website, the Lions worked out free agent wide receiver Jarett Dillard on Monday and have signed him to a one-year contract.

Dillard played with the Jacksonville Jaguars a season ago and caught 29 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown. The team released him in May, and some consider him to have some decent potential to make it on a roster and see the field as a wide receiver (and not just on special teams). He does have some injury history though, missing the entire 2010 season with a foot injury that really set him back with the Jaguars.

Detroit will need to make room on their 90-man roster for Dillard and there's no word yet on how they're doing that.

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Maurice Stovall Agrees To Terms With Lions

On Monday afternoon, the Detroit Lions agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent wide receiver Maurice Stovall. A member of the Lions last season, Stovall played in 15 games with Detroit mainly as a member of the special teams unit but did manage to record one reception for eight yards. Standing at six-foot-five, 220 pounds, it is assumed that Stovall will once again be a contributor to the Lions special teams this season.

As of this time, there is no word from the Lions as to who the team will be releasing from the 90-man roster in order to make room for Stovall because the organization has a policy to refrain from comment until the contract is actually signed. This will be Stovall's second consecutive one-year contract with the Lions. Prior to coming to Detroit he spent five years in Tampa Bay as a member of the Buccaneers.

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Lions Free Agency: DeAndre Levy, Corey Hilliard Sign Tenders

The latest news on Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy, who was second on the team in tackles last year, was that he was going to sign his restricted free agency tender, and DetroitLions.com announced on Monday that he did just that. He was one of two Lions players to sign tenders, with offensive tackle Corey Hilliard the other.

As a reserve tackle in 2011, Hilliard started a single game but played in all 16 games in his third year with the Lions.

The Lions also announced in the same article that DT Sammie Hill has not yet signed his tender but has signed a waiver to participate in the Lions training program. Hill had one and a half sacks alongside 24 tackles in 2011.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Kevin Smith Returning To Detroit, According To Report

Running back Kevin Smith will return to the Detroit Lions after agreeing to a one-year deal, according to Pro Football Talk's Twitter account:

Smith, who has played four seasons in the NFL, played in just seven games last season. He averaged a solid 4.9 yards per carry but, for the second straight season, couldn't stay on the field.

In 2010 Smith was returning from a torn ACL then landed on IR because of a thumb injury. Last year the Lions didn't sign him, but picked him up halfway through the season when the backfield got thin. Smith had one great game -- a 16-carry, 140-yard effort against the Carolina Panthers -- before again suffering injuries.

Over the last two seasons he has played just 13 games.

The Central Florida product had his best season as a rookie in 2008. Playing in all 16 games, he rushed for 976 yards and eight touchdowns, both career highs, and averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Signs DE Everette Brown And TE Will Heller

The Detroit Lions signed defensive end Everette Brown and tight end Will Heller to one-year deals, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

The Lions released Heller a week ago to save salary cap space. Heller caught six passes for 42 yards last season, but will most likely be used a blocking tight end. He will back up Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler.

Brown was released earlier this month by the San Diego Chargers where he played three games last season, recording two tackles. He has played three seasons in the NFL, recording just six sacks, despite being heralded as an elite pass-rusher coming out of Florida State in 2009.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Team Re-Signs Long Snapper Don Muhlbach

The Detroit Lions have made the signing of the 2012 free agency period. When it's looked back on in years to come, this crop of players will be defined by the one signing ... or probably not. Tim Twentyman is reporting that the Detroit Lions have re-signed Don Muhlbach to a one-year deal. He's a long snapper, and a very good one at that.

No terms have been released but one can imagine it's in line with every other long snapper signing. It's true that they are definitely unsung signings, especially due to the fact that you never hear their name if they're doing their job flawlessly. If you know a lot about a long snapper, he's either fun with the media or he plays for the Dallas Cowboys.

At any rate - good signing for Detroit. He's been there for eight years - his entire career - and given how long snappers generally are, could have many more one-year deals in his future, providing you don't hear his name called during the 2012 season.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Signs LB Ashlee Palmer To 1-Year Deal

The Detroit Lions have signed linebacker Ashlee Palmer to a one-year deal, according to Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press.

The financials of the deal have not yet been revealed. The Lions non-tendered Palmer as a restricted free agent but wanted to re-sign him to a lesser deal as a special teams player and backup linebacker.

Palmer, 25, played sparingly over the last two seasons, recording 55 tackles in 2010 and eight tackles last season. Detroit also re-signed middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch to a five-year deal earlier Thursday. Tulloch was the Lions top priority after they signed Calvin Johnson to the richest contract of any wide receiver in the NFL.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Re-Signs Stephen Tulloch

The Detroit Lions have re-signed middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch to a five-year deal, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. Salary terms have not been disclosed yet.

Tulloch, 27, played his first five season with the Tennessee Titans before signing with the Lions prior to last season. He recorded 111 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions while starting all 16 games for the Lions.

Detroit was able to open up some cap space to make the signing by restructuring the contracts of Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh and Nate Burleson. The Lions recently signed wide receiver Calvin Johnson to an eight-year deal worth $132 million, making him the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Bucs were also reportedly interested in Tulloch's services.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Re-Signs Andre Fluellen, Agrees To Terms With Jacob Lacey

The Detroit Lions have made a pair of moves this week, according to the team's website.

The team has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent cornerback Jacob Lacey. The 24-year-old Lacey has played his entire three-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, but was not offered a restricted free agent tender.

The Oklahoma State product has started 27 games. Last season he appeared in 15 games and recorded 72 tackles and one interception.

According to the report, Lacey will likely compete to replace the corner spot that opened up when Eric Wright signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Lions have also re-signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen. Last season Fluellen appeared in 13 games, recording 11 tackles and a forced fumble.

In 2011 the Lions were in the bottom half of the league, giving up 24.2 points per game.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Re-Signs Jeff Backus

The Detroit Lions have announced on their official blog that the team has re-signed tackle Jeff Backus to a two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Backus is a 12-year veteran of the team after being drafted in the first round of the 2001 draft. Backus has started 176 consecutive games for the Lions but suffered a torn bicep in the Lions' loss to the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs last season. Backus has already begun rehab on the injury.

Detroit had been rumored to have interest in former San Diego Chargers tackle Marcus McNeill who visited the team earlier this week but left Detroit without a contract. McNeill would have been a nice backup plan for the team had it not been able to come to terms with Backus.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Team Re-Signs Shaun Hill, According To Report

The Detroit Lions have gone through free agency without a whole lot of news about one of their most important positions: the backup quarterback job. But they've now got things set square, according to Jim Thomas on Twitter, who says that the Lions have agreed to terms with Shaun Hill on a two-year deal.

Hill has been with the Lions over the past two seasons, since being traded by the San Francisco 49ers, and has been very solid in relief of Matthew Stafford, who some would call "injury prone." Hill started 10 games in 2010 when Stafford was going through multiple arm injuries, though he saw limited action in 2011 - something that Lions fans are just fine with. In 11 games with the Lions in 2010, Hill completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 2,686 yards and 16 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.

With Stafford's injury history, the Lions absolutely need to ensure they've got a backup, and Hill is regarded as one of the better backups in the league. He's not the kind of player who will always win a game on his own, but he's also not the kind of guy who will outright lose it for you, which is the biggest responsibility of a backup, to be sure. Hill had previously visited with the St. Louis Rams before deciding to stick with the Lions.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit To Re-Sign DB Erik Coleman

In an effort to add some veteran defensive backfield depth to the roster, the Detroit Lions have come to terms with Erik Coleman, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:

The unrestricted free agent said tonight he agreed to another one-year deal to remain a Lion. The contract hasn't been signed but should be Friday.

"I feel like I still have a lot to prove and, hopefully, I get that opportunity and help this team, hopefully, win a championship one day," Coleman said.

Coleman missed all of the 2011 season after suffering a fractured fibula and severe ankle sprain against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. He'll be entering his ninth season in the NFL; he spent three with the Falcons and four with the Jets where he had his most success in starting 50 of a total 64 games.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Signs Fullback From CFL

The Detroit Lions added their first fullback to the roster Thursday when they signed James Bryant, who last played defensive end for the BC Lions of the CFL.

On Wednesday, Bryant tweeted:

I just want to let everyone know what my new locker room will look like next season! Truly Blessed! From the #BCLions to the #DetroitLions http://lockerz.com/s/192463129

Sean Yuille, the managing editor of SB Nation Detroit, confirmed that Bryant finalized his contract Thursday.

Bryant began his career as a fullback at Miami before transferring to Louisville and finishing his collegiate career there. He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 256 pounds on NFLDraftScout.com. He was a highly-recruited linebacker prospect coming out of high school before switching to fullback in order to get more playing time. Bryant ran a 4.76 40-yard dash prior to the NFL Draft in 2009.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Calvin Johnson Extension Worth $132 Million, $60 Million Guaranteed, According To Report

The recently-signed seven-year contract extension for Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be worth $132 million, including$60 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That overall contract value marks the most expensive deal for a receiver in NFL history, and eclipses the fat extension given to Larry Fitzgerald by the Cardinals last offseason by over $10 million.

The deal will be officially announced later Wednesday at a press conference, but locking Johnson up is a major move for the franchise. He'll now be in a Lions uniform through the 2019 season, and the deal will likely afford the Lions some short term salary cap flexibility.

Johnson was picked with the number two overall selection by the Lions in the 2007 draft out of Georgia Tech.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Detroit Extends Calvin Johnson For 7 Years

The Detroit Lions have completed a mega move for the franchise, signing wide receiver Calvin Johnson to a seven-year contract extension that keeps him in Detroit through the 2019 season. The team will announce the deal at a 1:00 p.m. CST press conference on Wednesday.

Johnson, who was due to become a free agent after the 2012 season, led the NFL with 1,681 receiving yards in 2011, and added 96 catches and 16 touchdowns on his way to an All-Pro selection. The former number two overall pick has career totals of 366 receptions, 5,872 yards and 49 scores in his five years as a pro, all of which have been with Detroit.

The Lions reached the playoffs in 2011 for the first time in 12 seasons after finishing a turnaround season with a 10-6 record.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Stephen Tulloch Ready To Hit The Market But Willing To Return To Detroit

The NFL Free Agent Period is set to start at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, and there are several Detroit Lions players that are set to become unrestricted free agents. One of those players is linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who spoke with SiriusXM NFL radio hours before the deadline and said he's ready to test the market but is willing to return to Detroit if the situation is right.

"I’ll definitely look into it, man," Tulloch said. "I’ll definitely look into it. Like I said, the fans there have been great. The city’s awesome. It’s a football town, and they love their sports. They’ve been nothing but good to me since I’ve been there, and I definitely appreciate that.

"Like I said, we’ll find out come tomorrow if those plans still are there for me to head back to Detroit, but wherever it is, I’ll be looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to continue to play football and the game that I love."

Last summer, Tulloch signed a one-year contract with the Lions after spending the previous five years with the Tennessee Titans, the team which drafted him in 2005. Tulloch is looking for a long-term deal and probably could get it from other teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Detroit Lions Free Agency 2012: List Of Players Set To Become Free Agents

The NFL's Free Agent period will at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and starting at that time Detroit Lions will have a lot of decisions to make as about 20 players will become unrestricted free agents, while four other players will be restricted free agents.

Not only will the front office brass need to make decision about current players on the Lions roster, but they will also need to target potential players from other teams.

Thanks to our SB Nation blog friends from Pride Of Detroit, here's a list Lion players that will become unrestricted and restricted free agents come four o'clock who will either need to be resigned or replaced via free agency.

Unrestricted Free Agents

QB Shaun Hill, QB Drew Stanton, RB Kevin Smith, RB Maurice Morris, RB Jerome Harrison, WR Rashied Davis, WR Maurice Stovall, OT Jeff Backus, OG Leonard Davis, DT Andre Fluellen, LB Stephen Tulloch, LB Bobby Carpenter, LB Isaiah Ekejiuba, CB Eric Wright, CB Brandon McDonald, S Erik Coleman, S Chris Harris, P Ben Graham, LS Don Muhlbach

Restricted Free Agents

OT Corey Hilliard (tendered at original-round level), DT Sammie Hill (tendered at original-round level), LB DeAndre Levy (tendered at second-round level), LB Ashlee Palmer (not tendered)

Franchised Player

DE Cliff Avril (has not signed tender)

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Lions Free Agency 2012: TE Will Heller Released By Detroit

The Detroit Lions have released tight end Will Heller, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman.

Heller, a nine-year veteran, has played in every game during the past three seasons for Detroit. His best season came in his first season with the Lions when he caught 29 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. This past season, Heller caught just six passes for 42 yards.

The Lions have been doing whatever they can to clear up salary cap space, including restructuring the deals of Matthew Stafford, Nate Burleson and Ndamukong Suh. Once free agency opens, Detroit is hoping to have enough cap space to fill a few crucial needs.

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Lions Free Agency: Cliff Avril Receives Franchise Tag From Detroit

The Detroit Lions have been trying to get a deal done with defensive lineman Cliff Avril for weeks with no success, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported early on Monday that they've taken the next step by slapping the franchise tag on Avril to keep him around until a contract can be decided upon. Avril will count about $10.6 million against the salary cap with the tag.

This is the first time that the Lions have franchise tagged a player since 2007, when defensive tackle Cory Redding received it. Avril already said before that he did not like the idea of being franchise tagged but with no contract coming before the franchise tag deadline hit, there wasn't much that he could do to prevent it, as the Lions wanted to keep their sack specialist around.

Avril had 11 sacks as part of the monstrous Detroit D-line last season.

Re-signing Avril was arguably the most important move for the Lions in free agency, so they can now turn their minds to other projects, as they have a bit more peace of mind with Avril essentially being forced to stick around at least a little while longer.

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Lions Free Agency 2012: Cliff Avril, Other Home-Grown Talent Priority For GM Martin Mayhew

The Detroit Lions may not be big players for high-price free agents like defensive end Mario Williams or running back Matt Forte if they become available, but general manager Martin Mayhew said Thursday they do plan on being active during the offseason, mainly with their own free agents.

"For us, this year, we don't anticipate being in the top part of free agency market, but we do plan on being active and trying to find value there," Mayhew said in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio. "We want to get our own guys back. Our left tackle is a free agent, our starting cornerback is a free agent, our mike linebacker -- the quarterback of our defense -- is a free agent, and obviously Cliff Avril can be free also. Our goal is to get those guys back then look around and see if we can get some value out there in the market."

Currently, Mayhew is in Indianapolis for the NFL Draft Combine, a place where Detroit found All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who's another player that Mayhew would like to spend money on.

"Calvin has still got a year left on his deal. It would be great to get something done with him as well. Both those guys we plan on having around."

Mayhew said he'd like to make sure that Avril gets a long-term deal done too.

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