Detroit Lions will have practices open to Season ticket holders tomorrow and Saturday - sadly I will not be able to attend based on the short notice. They will also have practices open to the public starting on Monday LB Justin Durant signed by the Lions
WR Rashied Davis signed by Lions
If Justin Durant was a top target for the Bears, then the Detroit Lions beat their division rival to the punch.
The former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Lions, according to a league source. The Bears reached out to Durant at the start of free agency.
Jim Schwartz Press conference notes:
On Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen speculated that the Detroit Lions could show some interest in wide receiver Rashied Davis. He thought that with Bryant Johnson set to be released, the Lions would like Davis' versatility and special teams skills, making him a possible addition.
Jensen turned out to be correct with his speculation, because he's reporting today that the Lions and Davis have agreed to terms on a deal. Jensen says that Davis had other options to consider, and yesterday he reported that the Bears were trying to re-sign him. It's not clear if he had an offer from the Bears or not, but he is set to join the Lions now.
--- Left tackle Jeff Backus, who has a slight tear in a chest muscle, will not be participating for the first week or so of practice. Schwartz expects Backus to be ready for the start of the regular season.
--- The Lions will not have a Ford Field practice this season, but will extend their open practices to the public at Allen Park by a week. Friday and Saturday practices are invitation-only for season ticket holders. Monday's practice is open to the public.
--- The Lions cannot talk about any players they have agreed to terms with, that includes their own (guys like Drew Stanton and John Wendling) and others (like Justin Durant). Those deals don't become official until 6 p.m. Friday. However, those players who signed new deals cannot practice until the union recertifies (which will be no later than Aug. 4). Rookies, drafted and undrafted, will be able to practice as soon as they sign their contracts.
--- While teams can sign players at 6 p.m. Friday, Schwartz said that "won't be the finish line'' for the Lions. General manager Martin Mayhew is expected to add players throughout camp, either via free agency, waiver wire or trades.