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Detroit Lions hire Cory Undlin as defensive coordinator

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press on

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They signed defensive end Trey Flowers to a five-year, $90 million contract at the start of free agency, made Justin Coleman the highest-paid slot cornerback in the NFL, and added one year and $11 million to Damon Harrison's contract this summer.

Flowers, coming off February shoulder surgery, finished with seven sacks. Coleman had an up-and-down season in coverage, but did force three fumbles. And Harrison said after a Week 17 loss to the Green Bay Packers that he's considering retirement.

The Lions could make big changes to the unit again this year, with starters A'Shawn Robinson, Tavon Wilson and Rashaan Melvin all ticketed for free agency in March, and a decision pending on whether to trade, keep or extend cornerback Darius Slay.

Should the Lions want to add secondary help in free agency, Eagles starters Ronald Darby and Rodney McLeod are unrestricted free agents.

The Lions have parted ways with eight coaches since the end of the regular season, including Pasqualoni, special teams coordinator John Bonamego and strength coach Harold Nash.

They hired 33-year-old Brayden Coombs to replace Bonamego on Saturday, and are still looking for assistants to run their linebacking corps, secondary, tight ends and strength program.

 

Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy told the Free Press over the weekend that the Lions told the NFL they planned to have a full staff in place before next week, when they travel to Mobile, Alabama, to coach the North team in the Jan. 25 college all-star game.

"I did follow up with the league office after Detroit was approved and I was like, 'Didn't I just see them let go of eight coaches?' " Nagy said. "And they're like, 'They have given us every assurance that they will have a full staff in place.' "

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