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Lions cut Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson has been with the Lions since 2010, but his declining production caused the team to cut him, despite his willingness to restructure his deal. Burleson was set to make about $7.5 million against the cap this season, something the Lions decided they couldn't afford due to his recent injuries. Burleson has played only 15 games in the past two seasons, catching three touchdowns. When healthy, he's a solid option, but his injuries have been bizarre -- this is the same guy who broke his arm in a car crash after trying to save a pizza from falling off the front seat.

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  • What are you expecting out of Nate Burleson if he plays this season?

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  • How many games will the Lions win in 2014?

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Jay Z to advise Suh

Jay Z's rapidly expanding client list in his career as a sports agent may have just gotten a lot larger. Lions defensive tackle and general backfield terror Ndamukong Suh will reportedly have some kind of connection to Jay Z and Roc Nation after firing his agents. It's not yet clear the nature of said connection -- Jay Z could fully represent Suh or merely be involved in aspects of his marketing strategy -- but it's another big move from a man who already represents Robinson Cano and Kevin Durant.

Will Jay Z have longevity as a sports agent?

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  • Will Ndamukong Suh sign a long-term contract with the Lions?

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  • Which is your favorite Jay Z album?

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  • Is Jay Z a better businessman or musician?

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Lions hire Jim Caldwell

The Lions moved quickly after losing out on Ken Whisenhunt, hiring former Colts coach and current Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as their new head coach. Caldwell had a 26-22 record in Indianapolis over three years, reaching the Super Bowl in his first season and making the playoffs in his second. The Ravens' offense struggled under his guidance this season, but the Lions don't seem to hold him particularly responsible for Baltimore ranking 29th in total offense. Caldwell will have an array of offensive weapons in Detroit, but he'll have to find a way to turn Matthew Stafford's excellent numerical performance into actual wins.

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  • Will the Lions ever contend for a Super Bowl with their current core?

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  • Is Matthew Stafford an elite quarterback?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North next season?

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Lions fire Schwartz

The Lions have fired head coach Jim Schwartz after a disappointing 7-9 season. In five seasons with the Lions, Schwartz compiled a 29-51 record and led Detroit to only one playoff berth. Despite the team's underachievement, the Lions may be the most appealing coaching destinations this offseason, thanks in large part to Calvin Johnson, a strong defensive front and the presence of a talented, though very inconsistent, Matthew Stafford.

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  • Can the Lions win a Super Bowl with Matthew Stafford at quarterback?

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  • Which NFL head coaching vacancy is the most appealing?

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  • Will the Lions make the playoffs in 2014?

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  • Which team had the most player talent in the NFC North this season?

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Who wins NFC East? NFC North?

It's all down to the final Sunday for the NFC East and NFC North. But more than that, the losers of these two big games -- Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears -- will see their seasons end. As if that's not enough, major quarterback intrigue surrounds the matchups; the Cowboys are waiting to see if Tony Romo will be healthy enough to play while the Packers on Thursday announced Aaron Rodgers will return. How will it all play out?

Which team will win Sunday's game at Chicago and, therefore, win the NFC North, now that Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to start for the Packers?

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  • Which team will win Sunday's Cowboys-Eagles game if Tony Romo does not play?

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  • How much will the Eagles' 54-11 win over the Bears on Sunday help them at Dallas?

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  • How many playoff games will the NFC East and NFC North champions combine to win this season?

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  • Who should start at quarterback for the Bears in Week 17?

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  • If the Packers beat the Bears on Sunday to earn the NFC North title, how would they fare in their potential wild-card matchup (most likely home vs. 49ers or Saints)?

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