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Lions release Fisher

The cuts keep coming for the Lions, who released veteran cornerback Travis Fisher today.

Fisher is the third prominent player (at least in name) to be cut by the Lions this week. Tight end Michael Gaines was released on Tuesday, and quarterback Drew Henson was let go Monday.

Fisher played the last two seasons with the Lions, mostly in the nickel role, and had two interceptions. He was deemed expendable after the Lions added three new cornerbacks this offseason. Phillip Buchanon and Anthony Henry will start, with Eric King and holdover Keith Smith as the primary backups.

Fisher was due to make $1.75 million this year, more than every defensive back on the Lions roster other than Henry and Smith.

The Lions also announced the promotion of Sheldon White from director of pro personnel to vice president of pro personnel, and the realignment of their scouting department for geographical purposes. Regional scout Mike Butler was fired.

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Anonymous Michael Schottey said...


Are we to expect more scouting department personnel to be turned over now that its after the draft?

5:25 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Dave, which area/conference did Butler scout?

5:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't say i'm sad to see fish go.

6:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are they clearing cap space to sign Foote?


9:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's what i'm thinking.

10:58 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

I think Butler's the only change to the scouting department coming, plus they fired Dave Boller, a pro personnel guy, in January. Both those guys came in under Marinelli. Butler worked for the Colts for a long time under Tony Dungy, too.

As for the Fisher move, yeah that was cap-related. The Lions are in position now to sign both Kevin Carter and Larry Foote (assuming he gets released). Schwartz spoke highly of Carter yesterday and that would complete their defensive line. I get the feeling that's forthcoming, though vets like him don't need much time in (or necessarily have the use for) the offseason program and training camp, so I don't know when it'll happen.

10:15 AM 
Anonymous LionsFaninMA said...


I think these veteran cuts are part of the collateral damage of the Stafford deal. Goodell is probably licking his chops to use this as exhibit #1 when trying to push the rookie salary cap.

10:39 AM 

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