Oct 10, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs for touchdown against the Chicago Bears during first half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Cliff Avril says he’s not sure Lions ‘wanted me to come back’
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

The contract-negotiation saga between the Lions and defensive end Cliff Avril never was simple or easy to understand.

It got even more complicated Friday when Avril contradicted what president Tom Lewand said about contract talks.

Detroit Lions must think defense at NFL draft
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

This journey backward may turn your stomach green, but we must look back at the Detroit Lions’ 2012 season before we look forward.

Got that?

Belt yourself in. The trip back in time will be quick, but I can’t guarantee it will be painless.

The worst sports teams of the past 25 years
Chris Chase – USA Today Sports

1. 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16)

A single picture is worth 1,000 words or, in this case, 16 losses.

Reggie Bush Detroit Lions Ticket to the Super Bowl?
James Turnage – The Guardian Express

One acquisition that may make a huge difference was accomplished by the Detroit Lions. Reggie Bush left Miami for the motor city.

It’s not a change that may be valuable to the Lions based on his talents alone. Making defenses react differently to Detroit’s offense was the goal.

“Megatron”, also known as Calvin Johnson, surpassed Jerry Rice’s single season record for receiving yards in 2012 with 1,964. But his touchdown production was diminished. He only had 5 in 2012, having caught 16 in 2011. To add to his frustration, he was tackled 6 times inside the 2 yard line.

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