The Lions, lying in wait for the new year...
Trying to figure out what Detroit Lions undrafted free agents might stick around?
One of the keys, at least initially, could lie in the signing bonuses the team doled out to various players -- both increasing their salary cap numbers a small amount but also what they had to give to lure the player to Detroit over somewhere else. At this point, this might be the easiest thing to go on as the Lions are still working their way through organized team activities.
Usually, one might be able to tell what undrafted players are picking things up easier, but with every player learning a new system this season in Detroit, more experienced guys are going to get more reps. With all of these players, this will be the only guaranteed money they get.
Tackle Cornelius Lucas was given the biggest bonus of all the Lions undrafted free agents at $20,000. He was one of three offensive linemen to receive bonuses. A.J. Dalton got a $2,500 bonus and Alex Bullard a $500 bonus.
Other than Lucas, fullback Chad Abram received the second-largest bonus at $7,500. Tight end Jacob Maxwell earned $3,000, wide receiver Andrew Peacock got $2,500 and quarterback James Franklin received $2,000.
Maybe this isn't surprising considered how Detroit has spent recently, but all of the Lions bonuses came on offense according to ESPN's Stats and Information.
And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
Former Lions assistant George Yarno has cancer, reports colleague Michael DiRocco.
Joe Lombardi called out three players as impressing him other than the normal guys you'd think, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Reggie Bush continues to work on ball security issues, writes Justin Rogers in MLive.
Fullback Jed Collins considers himself almost like an offensive lineman, writes Chris McCosky in the Detroit News.
This nugget from Chad Finn of the Boston Globe has Lions director of athletic medicine Dean Kleinschmidt's son as one of the rising broadcasting stars in Boston.
Cassius Vaughn learned from Champ Bailey, writes Ashley Dunkak from CBS Detroit.