Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions helmets prior to the start of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

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Buying or Selling Latest Buzz on the Free-Agency Rumor Mill
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

Detroit has been connected to several different players in one form or another. Some of these talks will bear free-agent fruit, while others will simply wilt on the rumor vine.

Heading into the signing period, here are some of the potential Lions mentioned in free agency. Which of these will join general manager Martin Mayhew, head coach Jim Caldwell and team president Tom Lewand (pictured above) in the next team program?

Lions had Ford’s loyalty for 50 years, and it was costly
Bob Wojnowski — Detroit News

For William Clay Ford to keep trying, year after year, tribulation after tribulation, it took deep doses of an admirable trait, a trait rare in sports. Some called it loyalty, even blind loyalty, but it was deeper than that.

Ford had an unbendable faith that served him well in life, if not always in the football realm. He had faith in the people he hired, faith in his ability to provide the resources, faith that next season would always be better. Evidence to the contrary did not shake his principles, that faith engenders loyalty, and loyalty should engender success.

Fans of Detroit Lions deserved better, but so did William Clay Ford
Pat Caputo — Oakland Press

Ford, who died Sunday less a week shy of his 89th birthday, lived a long, and by all accounts, happy and fulfilled life.

Except for one matter.

The Detroit Lions.

William Clay Ford was a good man with strong passion for Lions
Drew Sharp — Detroit Free Press

A son and three daughters lost a father, a wife lost a husband and a fanatical football community lost a man who was as strongly passionate about the Lions’ fate as they were.

William Clay Ford, who died Sunday morning from pneumonia at 88, once angrily put his foot through a television set during a game because his Lions had performed poorly.

How many thousands of others can share similar stories over the past five decades?

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