Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Column: Trading Suh financially possible, but would go against Detroit Lions’ win-now mantra
Justin Rogers – Mlive.com

At the scouting combine a couple months back, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he had not entertained the idea of trading Ndamukong Suh. But according to a report from Mike Freeman, Mayhew has softened his stance, gauging teams’ interest in the All-Pro defensive tackle.

Freeman notes the conversations are merely prepping for a worst-case scenario, the complete breakdown of long-term extension talks between the Lions and Suh.

Still, even if the two sides can’t reach an agreement, trading Suh seems unlikely. Let’s look at the facts.

Lions QB Stafford gets taste of NFL’s overseas fan base
Josh Katzenstein – Detroit News

Back in February, quarterback Matthew Stafford visited London to promote both the NFL and the Lions’ October game at Wembley Stadium.

The Lions will make their first regular-season trip to London next season to play against the Atlanta Falcons.

During Stafford’s trip, he watched the Super Bowl with, he said, about 1,000 fans who’d won a contest to attend the NFL UK’s Super Bash.

Detroit Lions’ offense could make shift to less free-willingness
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

The new offense — both theoretically and in actuality — has yet to be fleshed out. But one sign there may be a shift away from the offense’s freewheeling nature under Schwartz and fired coordinator Scott Linehan came from quarterback Matthew Stafford when he was asked if the offense would be more aggressive this year.

O’Hara: Dan Orlovsky sees the value in being a good teammate
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

Dan Orlovky’s NFL tour to four teams in his first nine seasons has given him a broad view of the league’s inner workings and a tighter focus on how it relates to his role and what he still wants to accomplish.

Orlovsky’s return to the Lions, where his career began as a fifth-round draft pick in 2005, is in the same role of backup quarterback that he held when he departed as a free agent after the 2008 season. It was made clear then that there was no realistic chance to upgrade his status to a starter in Detroit.

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  • Ralph Wiggum

    I didn’t realize the Lions coaches were trying to reduce the free will of their players. Maybe AP was onto something with his ‘slave’ comments. In fairness to your (I assume) typo, Stafford’s free will generally leads him to heaving the ball to the other team so maybe that’s not so bad.