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Lions Re-Sign Logan Thomas

The Lions have re-signed tight end Logan Thomas. To make room, they placed defensive end Austin Bryant on injured reserve.

Thomas, 28, entered the NFL as a quarterback in 2014, but transitioned to tight end in 2016 when he joined the Lions’ taxi squad. after a few years with the Bills, he returned to Detroit on a one-year deal in March. He was a victim of Saturday’s cuts, but he apparently didn’t stray too far from town.

Bryant, meanwhile, has been rehabbing his way back from a torn pectoral muscle. The fourth-round rookie probably rushed things a bit, however, and suffered another upper-body injury on the practice field. The Clemson product offers length and pass-rush ability that could be useful for the Lions in the second half of the season.

Sunday NFL Transactions: NFC North

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four NFC North teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings are noted below.

Additionally, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads today. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s NFC North transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

Contract Details: Seahawks, Lions, Thorpe

A look at the details on recent deals from around the NFL:

  • Neiko Thorpe, DB (Seahawks): One-year, $1MM. $100K signing bonus $850K base (not guaranteed) (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Brady Henderson).
  • Tommylee Lewis, WR, (Lions): One-year, $720K base salary. $50K signing bonus. $920K cap hit (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Michael Rothstein).
  • Logan Thomas, TE, (Lions): One-year, $805K base salary. $30K signing bonus. $735K cap hit.
  • Andrew Donnal, OL, (Lions): One-year, $805K base salary. $15K signing bonus. $685K cap hit.
  • Marcus Cooper, CB (Lions): One-year, $805K base salary. $150K guaranteed. $735K cap hit.

Minor NFL Transactions: 3/21/19

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Detroit Lions

Miami Dolphins

Oakland Raiders

RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/13/19

Here is the latest news involving restricted free agents and exclusive-rights free agents, with updates coming throughout the day:





Tendered at second-round level: 

Tendered at original-round level:


Minor NFL Transactions: 4/17/18

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Rams

New York Jets

Seattle Seahawks

RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/13/18

Here are today’s restricted free agent and exclusive-rights free agent tender decisions, with the list being updated throughout the day. All links go to Twitter unless otherwise noted:


Tendered at original round level ($1.907MM):





Bills Paying Logan Thomas Significant Bonus

This week, Logan Thomas made a position change when he signed with the Lions’ practice squad as a tight end. Soon after, the Bills stole the former Virginia Tech quarterback by signing him to the active roster. It initially seemed like Buffalo was making a low-risk move, but it turns out they have some skin in the game. The Bills gave Thomas a $75K signing bonus and guaranteed $120K of his $680K base salary, a source tells ESPN.com’s Field Yates (Twitter link). Logan Thomas (vertical)

Thomas’ willingness even consider the tight end position is a recent development. Several teams mentioned a position switch to him prior to the 2014 NFL draft, Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com writes, but Thomas made it clear he had no interest in playing anything but QB. After a few unsuccessful stops as a QB and watching Terrelle Pryor succeed as a receiver, Thomas reconsidered things. With a big body and solid athleticism for a player of his size, the potential is there for Thomas to be a difference maker at TE. Still, one personnel man tells Mortensen that he’s not sold just yet.

He’ll have to totally buy in like Pryor, but tight end is an even bigger challenge for a former quarterback than switching [to] receiver, or running back, or safety,” the official said. “When you look at him physically, he is big, strong and has the ability to move, but can he run those routes, get separation, master the assignments that are demanded at tight end, as well as put his hand on the ground and be willing to block somebody? It’s not simple.

There is some history of quarterbacks converting to tight end and finding success, such as Redskins star Jordan Reed. However, Reed made the position switch while in college. Thomas is going to try to make that change at the professional level and he’ll need the right coaching and guidance to make it work.

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Bills Sign Logan Thomas Off Lions P-Squad

Yesterday, the Lions signed quarterback Logan Thomas with the idea that they would convert him to a tight end. Today, the Bills decided to swoop in and sign him to the 53-man roster. By rule, the Bills will be required to carry Thomas on their 53-man roster for the next three weeks. Logan Thomas (vertical)

The Thomas deal is one of many moves for Buffalo today. The team has also promoted wide receiver Dezmin Lewis and defensive lineman Deandre Coleman to the active roster. Wide receiver Walt Powell and defensive lineman Corbin Bryant will head to injured reserve.

Thomas, a former quarterback for Virginia Tech, was a draft pick of the Cardinals in 2014. Since entering the league, he has only appeared in a couple of games as a QB. After his most recent stint with the Giants ended, Thomas decided on pitching himself as a tight end. Always known for his athleticism, Thomas aims to put his big body to use at a new position. The Bills are hoping that they have found the next Terrelle Pryor – a QB turned pass-catcher – in Thomas.

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Lions Sign Logan Thomas To Practice Squad

Big changes today for former Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas:

  1. He is now a member of the Lions’ practice squad.
  2. He is no longer a quarterback. Logan Thomas (vertical)

In their signing announcement, the Lions said that they are converting Thomas to tight end. The move comes as a bit of a surprise considering that Thomas is in his third professional season and has been exclusively marketing himself as a QB. With just two games and nine attempted passes on his resume, Thomas is apparently looking to shake things up.

Since being taken in the fourth round of the 2014 draft by the Cardinals, Thomas has bounced around the league a bit. Arizona cut him in September 2015, leading him to stints with the Dolphins and Giants. At 6’6″ and 248 pounds, Thomas may have more success as a pass-catcher.

The Lions had a vacancy on the ten-man practice squad, so they will not have to release anyone to accommodate Thomas. Here is the rundown of their p-squad, courtesy of Roster Resource:

  • WR Jace Billingsley
  • WR Corey Fuller
  • WR T.J. Jones
  • WR Jay Lee
  • TE Logan Thomas
  • G Brandon Thomas
  • G/T Matt Rotheram
  • ILB Brandon Chubb
  • OLB Steve Longa
  • CB Alex Carter

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