Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) lines up behind his offensive lineman on a play against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

Scanning the Savanna searches the web for Detroit Lions news and notes each morning and brings it to your fingertips in one easy location.

Detroit Lions sit tight as top free agent safeties sign monster contracts
Justin Rogers —

In addition to Byrd, Donte Whitner, Malcolm Jenkins, Mike Mitchell, Antoine Bethea and T.J. Ward each agreed to long-term contracts, collectively averaging nearly $6 million per season.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions, who have a noticeable hole at the position after releasing veteran Louis Delmas in February, stood idly by as teams around the league stuffed the pockets of the best talent on the market.

Joe Schmidt recalls fond memories of William Clay Ford
Mike O’Hara –

Schmidt’s relationship with Ford spanned more than a half century, and it was on a level unlike any other former Lions player or head coach

Lions Gab: Mayhew’s free agent track record inspires confidence
Anthony Kuehn — Detroit Free Press

Free agency is officially open and the early activity has been chaotic but, as of press time, the Lions have been quiet. The biggest disconnect between most fans and the people that run the teams occur during free agency. A lot of fans look for big splashy moves right out of the gate and panic when their team stays on the sidelines.

Martin Mayhew still catches a lot of flak locally and nationally as the Lions general manager because of a handful of draft picks that didn’t pan out and two underachieving seasons on the field. I’ve broken down Mayhew’s drafting in the past and proven he’s at the very least been an average drafter, if not above average.

Report: Detroit Lions host former Cowboys center Phil Costa
Kyle Meinke —

The Detroit Lions continued their pursuit of a backup center Tuesday by hosting former Dallas Cowboy Phil Costa, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Detroit already has re-signed starter Dominic Raiola for a 14th season, but released reserve offensive lineman Dylan Gandy and Leroy Harris and is in need of depth.

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