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Lions sign Heller, cut Cannon

The Lions made two transactions official today, signing free-agent tight end Will Heller and releasing linebacker Anthony Cannon.

Heller, 28, played the last three seasons in Seattle. He has 26 career catches and is known more for his blocking. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons are no longer interested in free-agent L.J. Smith, who visited the Lions earlier this month.

Cannon played nine games with the Lions last year, mostly on special teams. He was cut over the weekend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw all that a little earlier. with the signing of heller, does that mean smith is out of the pic, dave?

4:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Seattle is this administration's Tampa Bay.

5:14 PM 
Anonymous Michael Schottey said...

Hopefully LJ Smith signs and teams with Heller (blocking) and Gaines (blocking/H-back) to give us some depth and situational play from a position which boasts Micheal Ricks as its best player in recent memory.

Still targeting Casey in the draft though, too good and versatile to pass up if we don't get LJ.

5:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didnt Curry visit today and yesterday?? I havent seen anything about him.

5:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the JP/CR deal went through, but schwartz doesn't want JP talking to the media just yet.

you had to know that schwartz was gonna implement a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy with the media so there's no surprise there.

apparently CR held a conference call with the seattle media today so, again, i think the deal went through w/o a hitch:

6:58 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

Yes, Curry made it to town and I was told the meeting went very well, both from his standpoint and that of the organization. Whether that means they think he can play middle linebacker or not remains to be seen.

As for the Peterson-Redding trade, the four beat writers and a couple TV reporters spent most of the day down at the Allen Park facility. Peterson was supposed to be available sometime today. He left early, the Lions never got word on Redding's physical from the Seahawks, but reports out of Seattle seem to indicate there were no hold-ups. I imagine Peterson will be available to the media tomorrow or Wednesday.

11:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Heller replaces Owen as the blocking TE. Fitz stays as the special teamer jack-of-all-trades -and Gaines is toast if Smith signs here or the Lions can snag a TE in the third round ... Shawn Nelson would be a nice option no?

Gaines was a huge flop. He was a mediocre player in Buffalo and then came to Detroit and proceeded to fumble whenever we had the ball during a late game deciding drive: not a very good player.

11:56 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Lions sign LJ Smith, that may mean the end of Gaines in Detroit.

7:37 AM 
Anonymous Steve said...

i'm no fan of L.J. smith, but if that means getting rid of Gaines I am all for it. The guy cannot hold onto the ball, and with a bad team you have to control turnovers

10:22 AM 

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