Raiders sign free agent TE Luke Willson
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed unrestricted free agent tight end Luke Willson on Friday.
Free Agency-Lions Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Ziggy Ansah, DT Ricky Jean Francois, LB Eli Harold, RB Zach Zenner, TE Levine Toilolo, TE Luke Willson, WR TJ Jones, CB DeShawn Shead, RB...
Lions acquire Loewen via waivers, put Robinson on IR
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have been assigned defensive end Mitchell Loewen via waivers from the New Orleans Saints.
The Lions also announced Friday that they have put defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Detroit wraps up its season at Green Bay on Sunday. Cornerback DeShawn Shead and tight end Luke Willson will also miss that game for the Lions.
Lions Preview Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
New faces: Coach Matt Patricia, RB LeGarrette Blount, RB Kerryon Johnson, TE Luke Willson, C Frank Ragnow, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Christian Jones, LB Devon Kennard.
Key losses: Coach Jim Caldwell, TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, LB Tahir Whitehead.
Strengths: Passing game. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 1,000-plus yards to WR Marvin Jones and WR Golden Tate last year and has pass-catching RB Theo Riddick. All-Pro CB Darius Slay among NFL's best in coverage.
Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: Early and late-season slides knocked team out of playoff contention and cost coach Jim Caldwell job. QB Matthew Stafford led pass-dependent offense with 1,000-yard WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. CB Darius Slay emerged as one of league's best in coverage.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — When you play for the Detroit Lions, you can be from Canada and still be considered local.
Allen Park — Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we'll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions' roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Wide receivers and tight ends
■Current roster: Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay, TJ Jones, Bradley Marquez, Jace Billingsley, Andy Jones, Dontez Ford, Luke Willson, Michael Roberts, Levine Toilolo, Hakeem Valles, Brandon Barnes
Lions sign TE Luke Willson and DT Sylvester Williams
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed tight end Luke Willson, adding a potential starter in place of Eric Ebron, and bolstered their defensive line by adding Sylvester Williams.
Detroit addressed needs on both sides of the ball with the moves Wednesday.
Allen Park – The Detroit Lions have found a veteran tight end to bolster the team's thin depth chart at the position, signing former Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson to a one-year deal Wednesday morning.
The news appears to have been inadvertently broken by Lions receiver Golden Tate, who commented, "Welcome to the squad bro!!" on Willson's Instagram post bidding farewell to Seattle. The signing has since been confirmed by multiple outlets.
Seattle Seahawks free agency capsule
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-7)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TEs Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson; Gs Luke Joeckel, Matt Tobin and Oday Aboushi; RB Eddie Lacy; DT Sheldon Richardson; Ss Bradley McDougald and DeShawn Shead; LBs Michael Wilhoite, Terence Garvin and Dewey McDonald; WR Paul Richardson; K Blair Walsh; DE Marcus Smith; CB Byron Maxwell; QB Austin Davis.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Dion Jordan; CB Justin Coleman; RBs Mike Davis and Thomas Rawls.
Seahawks spend New Year’s lamenting what went wrong
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — An unfamiliar situation played out inside the Seattle Seahawks headquarters on Monday with packing boxes being filled and memorabilia getting autographed far earlier than any season in recent memory.
For five straight seasons, the Seahawks didn't just play in January. They won at least one playoff game in each of those seasons.
Seahawks agree to deals with Luke Willson, DeShawn Shead
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back two of their own free agents, agreeing to terms Friday on new deals with tight end Luke Willson and cornerback DeShawn Shead.
Shead's deal is for one year and worth up to $1.5 million with $1 million guaranteed, but it's not as much as he likely would have received if not for a torn ACL suffered in Seattle's playoff loss to Atlanta in January. Terms of Willson's deal were not immediately available.
Bennett set to make return for Seattle against Carolina
SEATTLE (AP) — Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is active for Sunday night's game against Carolina, his first appearance after missing the previous five games due to knee surgery.
Bennett made it through the week of practice but was listed as questionable on the final injury report. Bennett's knee was first hurt on Oct. 16 against Atlanta and he underwent surgery in early November.
Running back Dion Lewis out for Patriots against Seahawks
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Running back Dion Lewis is inactive for New England's game against Seattle on Sunday night in a rematch of the Patriots' Super Bowl victory two seasons ago.
Lewis, who was added to the 53-man roster on Saturday, started the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list after sitting out training camp. He hasn't appeared in a game since Week 9 of 2015, when he suffered a left ACL injury against Washington.
Seattle still unsure of Kam Chancellor’s status for Arizona
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks remain uncertain whether strong safety Kam Chancellor will be able to play Sunday against Arizona.
Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Chancellor remained day-to-day, but the Seahawks' big safety did not practice later in the day. Chancellor suffered a groin injury last week during practice and missed last Sunday's win over Atlanta.
If Chancellor can't go, Kelcie McCray would likely get his second straight start.