Lions release Crowell and Howard

The Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Germane Crowell and kick-return specialist Desmond Howard, learned Tuesday. Crowell could be re-signed to a lower cap number once the free-agency signing period begins on February 28. More details inside.

The Lions released a pair of their wideouts on Tuesday.

Desmond Howard, 32, was released after rookie Eddie Drummond showed incredible potential on special teams when Howard was sidelined with several injuries this season. Howard was the MVP for the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, and won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Michigan.

Germane Crowell, 26, has been plagued with injuries the past few years. A broken foot and various knee injuries has kept the former 2nd round pick from Virginia from repeating a spectacular performance in 1999, when he had 81 receptions and 1,338 yards.

Coach Steve Mariucci has showed interest in possibly re-signing the reciever, but the Lions didn't want to pay the $2 million roster bonus Crowell was due.

GM Matt Millen has said Crowell has Terrell Owens type potential, with ideal size and speed, and the recruitment of Germane's brother Angelo Crowell at the combines may lead to Germane re-upping with a more cap-friendly contract.

Crowell had 5 receptions, 22 yards and a touchdown in 10 games last year.

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