Here are the highlights from Friday morning’s pre-draft press conference by general manager Martin Mayhew:
— Lions will pick up the fifth-year option on left tackle Riley Reiff. The paperwork is being done now. The deadline for the decision is May 3. Mayhew said he’s comfortable with Reiff at left tackle or at right tackle.
— Mayhew does not seem too upset about the absence of safety James Ihedigbo from this first week of voluntary offseason work. Mayhew said he understands because there were times in his NFL playing career he felt he was underpaid. He would not say if they will re-work deal for Ihedigbo but he did say he was looking forward to talking to him. He mentioned that one player missed last year’s voluntary workouts and he wasn’t upset about that either. He failed to mention that guy’s name. It was Ndamukong Suh who reported to the Dolphins this week for voluntary workouts.
— Mayhew sat down and talked with G/C Rodney Austin following his domestic violence charges from last week. He decided to release him now, but didn’t close door on bringing him back. Will wait until legal issues are sorted out.
— Both sides are interested in extending contract of DT Haloti Ngata, but talks have not started yet.
— An offer was made to left guard Rob Sims three weeks ago and Mayhew is waiting for response. Not sure if Sims will return.
— Lions draft board is 95 percent done with draft six days away.
— DeAndre Levy’s wing-walking didn’t surprise him, but he’d prefer his players keep their feet on the ground and stay safe. That includes Matthew Stafford who sky-dived on his recent honeymoon in New Zealand.
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