Allen Park — The Lions will kick off the voluntary portion of the offseason today, when players report to the team’s practice facility for Phase One of the program. It will be the first time coach Matt Patricia, who was hired by the franchise in February, will meet many of his players face-to-face.
Football-specific drills will have to wait. Patricia and the coaching staff are prohibited from working with the players on the field during Phase One, but he’ll have the opportunity to get in front of the group for the first time and lay out his vision for the future.
Detroit placed the franchise tag on Ansah this offseason and he has yet to sign the one-year contract that would pay him more than $17.14 million next year. The team has been given no indication he won’t sign later this offseason.
“I hope he does,” general manager Bob Quinn said at the league meetings. “He never gave us any inclination that he wasn’t going to when we talked to him.”
Bradford appeared in just two games for the Minnesota Vikings last season and had his knee scoped in November before being placed on injured reserve.
Following Carson Palmer’s retirement, the Cardinals signed Bradford to a two-year deal worth up to $40 million in March. They finished 22nd in total yards per game (314.1) and 25th in points per game (18.4) last season.
Dating back to his college days at Oklahoma, Bradford has struggled to stay on the field. He played in just three games as a junior in 2009 because of a shoulder injury.
Since being selected No. 1 overall by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2010, Bradford has only played a full 16-game schedule twice in eight seasons. The 30-year-old led the NFL with a 71.6 completion percentage and threw for a career-high 3,877 yards in 15 games during the 2016 season.