Jackson signs, Loper in limbo
The Lions signed defensive tackle Grady Jackson to a three-year deal Wednesday, NFL.com is reporting, but the agent for offensive lineman Daniel Loper said he and the team have not yet had contract discussions.
Jackson's deal is reportedly worth $8 million. The Lions pursued the 6-foot-2, 345-pound veteran as part of their quest to build a bigger, more physical front. The Lions have not confirmed the deal.
Loper had dinner with Lions offensive line coach George Yarno Tuesday night and was scheduled to take a physical today. Asked if there was a chance Loper would agree to terms before leaving Detroit, his agent, Leonard Roth, wrote in an email, "Don't know at this point. We have not talked."
Loper played the last four seasons at Tennessee, where new Lions coach Jim Schwartz was defensive coordinator.
Update: The Lions just confirmed that Jackson has signed a three-year deal.