Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions targeted Reggie Bush long before free agency
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

The Lions’ courtship of Reggie Bush began long before free agency opened on March 12.

Matthew Stafford started following Bush on Twitter in mid-February, the first public display of affection by a team desperate to add Bush’s big-play ability to its backfield.

Calvin Johnson traded text messages with Bush, hoping to help lure the running back to Detroit.

And shortly after Nate Burleson made a pitch on NFL Network to land Bush, the Lions receiver tracked down Bush’s phone number through a mutual friend and sent him a couple of introductory texts.

Detroit Lions have decisions to make
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

Three things about the Detroit Lions that you should know:

Detroit Lions Rumors: Team Owes Jason Hanson New Contract
Chris Katje – Rant Sports

For the past 21 seasons, the best player on the Detroit Lions has been Jason Hanson. The Lions kicker has been the most consistent performer and won many games for Detroit. Why then has the free agent not received a suitable offer from the Lions?

Ex-Lions QB Jon Kitna says Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford ‘the right pieces’
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Calvin Johnson barely topped 2,000 yards in his first two NFL seasons combined, but his quarterback for most of those years, Jon Kitna, said he wasn’t the least bit surprised to see Johnson approach that mark last fall.

“It’s phenomenal for him, but that’s the kind of person he is,” Kitna said this month at Central Michigan pro day. “Very competitive, very goal-oriented.”

Fourteen months into his retirement after 15 NFL seasons, Kitna is enjoying life as a teacher and football coach at his old high school in Tacoma, Wash., and free of the back pain that hindered him late in his career.

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