After playing second fiddle for what seems forever to the Bears and Vikings as a noteworthy divisional opponent for the Packers, the Lions have become a potential sleeping giant in the NFC North.
Lions DT Nick Fairley is in a walking boot after injuring his left foot in a pass-rush drill during a team practice on Monday.
CB Chris Houston has agreed to a two-year contract with the Lions, filling a major area of need for the team.
The Lions continued to upgrade their linebacking corps, signing former Titans LB Stephen Tulloch to a one-year deal on Sunday.
The Lions signed all of their 2011 draft picks on Thursday, including their top pick, first-round DT Nick Fairley.
WR Rashied Davis will remain in the NFC North, agreeing to a deal with the Lions, multiple media outlets reported.
The Lions agreed to terms with former Jaguars LB Justin Durant on a two-year contract, Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reported.
The Lions have agreed to re-sign No. 3 QB Drew Stanton to a one-year deal and special-teams contributor John Wendling to a three-year deal.
The Lions will release WR Bryant Johnson, according to multiple reports. Johnson was due to make $3.2 million in 2011.
The majority of the Lions' core players are under contract for 2011, but Detroit is still left with some interesting decisions in free agency, ones that could signal position battles to come.
Lions OLT Jeff Backus could miss the start of training camp after recently suffering a left pectoral injury, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The Lions could use help at cornerback, but according to a newspaper report, the top player on the free-agent market at the position might be out of their price range.
There is some sentiment that if the Lions don't sign a top free-agent cornerback, the team will not be in dire straits thanks to what should be a strong pass rush.
If he had his preference, Lions QB Drew Stanton would test the free-agent market, but he told PFW he would be "comfortable" with re-signing with Detroit.
PFW identifies four players from the NFC North who are ready for coming-out parties in 2011 (clockwise from left) — Henry Melton, Matthew Stafford, Brian Robison and Mike Neal.