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on Twitter (@ChrisBurkeNFL) or via email (cburke@theathletic.com). The other alternative is to shout questions up to me in the Ford Field press box,reminder before we head into this week's mailbag: You can get your questions to me through the comments section on this post, but that's an ambitious ask on my part. womens Jason Myers Jersey, I'll toss down some popcorn if you go that route.

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is still among the most likely assistants to receive a shot in the near future. Had Jim Caldwell been let go at any point, who will turn 53 in March, the odds are that Austin would have stepped into the interim role. He now has 14 years coaching experience in the NFL,The short answer is that Austin,womens Patrick Omameh Jersey four as the Lions' defensive coordinator. He's highly respected by his players and held in high esteem outside Detroit.

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if the cap lands near $175 million, that was a lot of numbers. The answer is that,womens Tashaun Gipson Jersey,'the Lions currently are in line to have around $51 million available. A significant total. There will be adjustments coming, and when,womens Jermey Parnell Jersey,' specifically an extra $8.25 million added if, the Lions walk back Eric Ebron's 2018 contract option. As mentioned in our earlier draft primer, another adjustment could arrive via an extension for Golden Tate – he has just one year left on his current deal.

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