Detroit Lions

Name  Julian Peterson
Born  7/28/1978
Height  6-3
Weight  240
College  Michigan State
2/7/2011 12:52:00 PM
Description: According to the current league rules, the Lions can officially release LB Julian Peterson today. SOURCE: MLIVE.COM
Insight: The Lions can now avoid the $8 million Peterson was due in 2011. He may find some interest in free agency, but he won't get that last payday. Expect the Lions to continue to rebuild the linebacking corps.
1/4/2011 2:30:00 PM
Description: Lions HC Jim Schwartz didn't give a definite answer regarding LB Julian Peterson's future, saying the team wanted "to be acquiring good players and keeping good players." SOURCE: DETROIT FREE PRESS
Insight: Schwartz also didn't say why Peterson was a healthy scratch for Week Seventeen. With a salary of $8 million due in 2011, Peterson will likely be let go.
2/17/2010 7:44:00 PM
Description: Tom Kowalski of reports Peterson will not take a pay cut if he is asked to do so.
Insight: Peterson is scheduled to make $7.5 million next season. If the Lions do release him, he would become a hot commodity on the free agent market. (
Steady3/16/2009 1:16:00 AM
Description: Peterson has been traded from the Seahawks to the Lions for DT Cory Redding and a fifth-round pick.
Insight: Peterson has produced pretty well when healthy at each of his first two stops. He'll likely be counted on to rush the passer often, just as he did in Seattle, as the Lions stink in that area. His sack total did drop to five last season from 10 and 9.5 in his first two years with Seattle, so we'll have to watch to see if the soon-to-be 31-year-old might be in decline. (
3/14/2009 11:32:00 AM
Description: Seattle radio station KJR has reported that Peterson will be released unless he changes his mind about accepting a reworked contract with the Seahawks. Peterson is three years into a seven-year deal.
Insight: Peterson is one of the more productive pass-rushing linebackers in the league. He has experience in 3-4 and 4-3 sets. Should he be released, you can count on him getting picked up. Perhaps a team like Cleveland or Green Bay would like to stick him on the outside of its 3-4 set. (
9/22/2008 9:59:00 PM
Description: Peterson added a sack and a forced fumble to his three solo tackles against the Rams on Sunday. (Matt Schauf/

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