Khyri Thornton

Khyri Thornton Suspended For 10 Weeks

Defensive lineman Khyri Thornton has been a free agent since the Giants released him earlier this month. However, the 28-year-old will be forced to miss game time if he does indeed sign with a new team as he’s been suspended by the league for 10 weeks, reports Field Yates of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The reason for his suspension remains unknown at this time.

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The suspension will go into effect for only the regular season. Should he sign with a new team, Thornton will be forced to miss game action regardless if he agrees to a contract during the last week of this regular season or well into the 2018 regular season.

Thonton has bounced around a little bit this year. He made the 53-man roster with the Lions out of training camp, but could only stick with the team for a few months before he was released in November. The veteran defensive lineman quickly caught on with the Giants before being released again about two weeks into his tenure with his new franchise.

The former 2014 third-round pick has appeared in just four games this year in which he’s tallied only four combined tackles. Thornton was much more of a factor in 2016 when when he played in 13 games, totaling 18 combined tackles, a sack and one forced fumble.

 

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Giants Release DT Khyri Thornton

The Giants released third-year defensive tackle Khyri Thornton, the team reported on Tuesday (Twitter link). Khyri Thornton (vertical)

Thornton was signed by New York on Nov. 29 after being released from the Lions but did not appear in a game with the team. The third-round selection in 2015 missed the first six games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He made four tackles with Detroit before being released.

A solid run stopper at Southern Mississippi, Thornton has yet to translate that to production in the NFL. He failed to see the field for the Giants, who own one of the league’s worst rush defenses.

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Giants Sign DT Khyri Thornton

The Giants have signed defensive tackle Khyri Thornton. In a related move, linebacker J.T. Thomas has been waived from injured reserve. Khyri Thornton (vertical)

Thornton, 28, was cut loose by the Lions last week. After a successful audition for the G-Men on Tuesday, the Giants moved quickly to sign him. In 2016, Thornton appeared in 13 games for Detroit and earned himself a two-year extension. This year, however, Thorton missed the start of the year with a suspension and looked rusty upon his return. He’ll now try to turn over a new leaf with the 2-9 Giants.

Thomas was placed on IR in September, resulting in a second consecutive lost season. Thomas signed a three-year, $12MM free agent deal in 2015, but he did not live up to the contract. His Giants stint ends with 43 tackles and half a sack in 15 games. In the last two seasons, he made it to the field for just three games.

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NFL Workout Updates: 11/27/17

Here are today’s NFL workouts, with all credit going to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM unless otherwise noted.

Detroit Lions

New England Patriots

  • DT Marcus Hardison (Mike Reiss of ESPN.com) (Twitter link)

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

  • QB Matt Simms; TE’s Gabe HolmesJevoni Robinson (Twitter link)

 

 

 

Lions Waive DT Khyri Thornton

The Lions announced that they have waived defensive tackle Khyri Thornton. Thornton was activated from suspension just under a month ago, but he has not been effective since returning to action. Khyri Thornton (vertical)

The bad news may have put a damper on Thornton’s 28th birthday. The former third-round pick will be subject to the waiver wire, but he can sign with any team of his choosing if he is not claimed on Wednesday afternoon.

It’s somewhat unlikely that he is claimed since he has not looked all that great in his four games this year. Then again, teams may be more inclined to roll the dice on him since his remaining guarantees were voided by the PED ban. He’s currently in the midst of a two-year, $3.3MM deal, but he can be released without any real financial penalty after the season.

Last year, Thornton made 13 appearances for Detroit, including six starts. He registered his first career sack and racked up 19 tackles, leading the Lions to give him a new deal.

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Lions Activate Khyri Thornton

Khyri Thornton is back in action. The Lions are welcoming the defensive tackle back to the roster following his multi-game suspension. To make room, quarterback Brad Kaaya has been cut. Kaaya is a likely candidate for the practice squad if he clears waivers."<strong

Over the summer, Thornton was handed a six game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s policy and program for substance abuse. Assuming he’s active, he’ll make his 2017 debut on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Thornton, 28 next month, entered the league as a third-round pick of the Packers in 2014. However, it wasn’t until the next year when he finally saw live NFL action with the Lions. Last year, Thornton made 13 appearances for Detroit, including six starts. Thornton registered his first career sack and racked up 19 tackles, leading the Lions to re-sign him to a two-year, $3.3MM deal.

After appearing in 29.9 percent of the Lions’ defensive snaps last year, Thornton was being counted upon as depth for Detroit on the D-Line. His ban was a source of frustration in Detroit, but on the plus side Thornton will have fresh legs as he offers support for the front four.

In the wake of Haloti Ngata‘s biceps injury, the Lions are starting A’Shawn Robinson and Akeem Spence at defensive tackle.

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Lions Set 53-Man Roster

The Lions have met the NFL’s 53-man maximum requirement by making the following transactions:

Traded:

Released:

Waived:

Suspended:

Placed on non-football injury list:

Placed physically unable to perform list:

Lions DT Khyri Thornton Hit With Suspension

Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton has been handed a six game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s policy and program for substance abuse. The news was announced by Detroit on Tuesday afternoon. Khyri Thornton (vertical)

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Thornton, 28 in November, entered the NFL as a third-round pick of the Packers in 2014. It wasn’t until the next year when he finally saw live NFL action with the Lions. Last year, Thornton made 13 appearances for Detroit, including six starts. Thornton registered his first career sack and racked up 19 tackles, leading the Lions to re-sign him to a two-year, $3.3MM deal.

After appearing in 29.9 percent of the Lions’ defensive snaps last year, Thornton was being counted upon as depth for Detroit on the D-Line. The Lions still have Akeem Spence as a backup DT and they’ll also use free agent pickup Jordan Hill a bit more than initially planned. Haloti Ngata, who plans to return for his age-33 campaign, and A’Shawn Robinson figure to start.

Pro Football Focus wasn’t impressed with Thornton in 2016, ranking him 121st among 126 qualified interior D-linemen last year.

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Contract Details: Gholston, Colquitt, Doyle, Davis

Updates on the contracts signed over the past couple of days, mostly via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle…

  • Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston‘s contract includes $13.5MM in guaranteed money, as well as a guaranteed base salary of $3MM for the 2017 season (via Twitter). The 25-year-old’s $6.5MM 2018 salary becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2017 league year.
  • Defensive tackle Khyri Thornton‘s deal with the Lions is worth $3.3MM with a $325K bonus (Twitter). Thornton will make $700K in 2017, followed by a $1.325MM salary in 2018. He can earn another $12.5K via annual per game active roster bonus, as well as $225K via a weight bonus.
  • Punter Britton Colquitt‘s new deal with the Browns is worth $11.2MM and $4.5MM guaranteed (via Twitter). The former fourth-rounder will earn $1.65MM in 2017, followed by salaries of $2.55MM (2018), $2.7MM (2019), and $2.8M (2020).
  • Colts tight end Jack Doyle will earn $18.9MM on his next contract (via Twitter). Doyle will earn a guaranteed $1MM next season, followed by a $3.5MM salary in 2018 (guaranteed fifth day of league year) and $5.15MM salary in 2019. The tight end will also earn a $6.5MM roster bonus on March 10th.
  • Fullback James Develin earned a $2.45MM contract from the Patriots along with a $300K signing bonus, reports Wilson (Twitter). Develin will earn $800K each year, with a guaranteed $200K base salary for 2017. He can earn another $12.5K via a per-game active annual roster bonus.
  • ESPN’s Adam Caplan tweets that tight end Vernon Davis will receive $15MM ($7.5MM guaranteed) from the Redskins. The veteran will make $6MM in the first year of the three-year deal.
  • Punter Shane Lechler‘s new deal with the Texans is for one-year and $2MM ($1MM guaranteed), reports Caplan (via Twitter).

Lions, Khyri Thornton Agree To Deal

The Lions and restricted free agent defensive tackle Khyri Thornton have agreed to a deal, tweets Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. It’s a two-year, $3.3MM pact that features a $325K signing bonus (Twitter link). Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com (on Twitter) hears that the deal is actually worth $3.6MM.

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Thornton, 27, entered the NFL as the Packers’ third-round pick in 2014, but he didn’t suit up in any regular-season games with the team. He debuted in 2015 as a member of the NFC North rival Lions, with whom he has totaled 19 appearances. Thirteen of those appearances came last year for Thornton, who made the first six starts of his career, registered his first sack and tallied 19 tackles. Pro Football Focus wasn’t impressed, though, as it ranked his performance 121st among 126 qualified interior D-linemen.

After appearing in 29.9 percent of the Lions’ defensive snaps last year, Thornton should once again serve as depth for the club next season. Haloti Ngata, who plans to return for his age-33 campaign, and A’Shawn Robinson figure to slot in ahead of Thornton along Detroit’s interior line.

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