Lions still working to restructure Elliss contract

Lions' insider Mike Fowler chatted with salary cap director Tom Lewand on Saturday regarding the status of defensive tackle Luther Elliss, and unsigned players Kerlin Blaise and Richard Jordan.

Putting to rest a rumor that Lions' defensive tackle Luther Elliss had restructured his contract to allow more cap space for Detroit, Lions' salary cap director Tom Lewand denied those reports on Saturday.

“No," said Lewand. "We’re still talking with Luther and have every confidence that we’ll work something out that works best for both of us.”

Is there an urgency to get this done with June 1 being near or will you let this go into the fall?

“No, there’s no urgency. We’ve made it very clear to Luther that we want him to be here.  He wants to be here.  Generally when you have that kind of agreement, you can get something worked out.”

Lewand also commented on two Lions' players that remain unsigned; offensive lineman Kerlin Blaise and linebacker Richard Jordan.

“Kerlin is a guy that’s obviously coming off a knee injury," said Lewand.  "He’s been rehabbing very well.  We hope his progress continues and that it continues to the point that we can count on him for the season.”

“Richard [Jordan] is a guy who is with us, coming off a knee injury [we’re] keeping him here to rehab.  We’ll see where he goes with his conditioning.”

Is it a matter of them figuring into the Lions plans prior to signing them?

“Well, we’ll see where it takes us.  Again, each situation is different, that evaluation is going to have to be made in conjunction with the evaluations that are made over the course of this weekend and how guys perform during the minicamp.”


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