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One thing you can count on with the Detroit Lions is that they are never, ever boring. Follow the latest news including injuries, roster moves and more here daily from Oakland Press beat writer Paula Pasche. Plus you'll find regular commentary about the team.


Detroit Lions key upcoming dates

Upcoming key NFL dates for the Detroit Lions:

— Feb. 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

— March 2: Prior to 4 p.m., deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.

— March 7-10: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2014 contracts at 4 p.m., on March 10. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m., on March 10.

— March 10: Top-51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2015 salary cap prior to 4 p.m.  All 2014 player contracts expire at 4 p.m. The 2015 league year and free agency period begin at 4 p.m. 

— April 20: Clubs with returning head coaches, like the Lions, may begin offseason workout programs.

— April 24: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

— April 30-May 2: NFL Draft, Chicago.

(Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Order her book,  “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here. It’s also available at bookstores.)


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