Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 1 Month

The Detroit Free Press reports "odds are" the Lions and free agent Brandon Pettigrew won't agree to a new deal before the weekend.

Once the clock strikes midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning, all 32 teams will be able to negotiate with Pettigrew and every other free agent. The Lions hold exclusive negotiating rights until then and would like to get a long-term deal done with Pettigrew, but it doesn't look promising for GM Martin Mayhew. Pettigrew is said to be seeking over $6 million annually. That'd be a severe overpay.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 2 Months

The Oakland Press suggests the Lions could offer Brandon Pettigrew a deal similar to Dennis Pitta's five-year, $32 million contract.

The Lions are interested in bringing back Pettigrew, but it's debatable whether he's worth $6.4 million annually. Pettigrew saw a diminished role last season, losing snaps to Joseph Fauria in red-zone situations and missing two games to injury. A capable in-line blocker and pass catcher, Pettigrew is one of the better all-around tight ends. He turned 29 earlier this offseason.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 2 Months

GM Martin Meyhew said the Lions "definitely" are interested in resigning free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

"We had our free agent meeting and the coaches liked him, liked what he can do," said Meyhew. "He's an all-around guy." HC Jim Caldwell was far less certain of Pettigrew's future earlier in the week, but perhaps he was just playing coy. Pettigrew is our No. 4 free agent tight end.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 2 Months

Speaking Thursday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell was noncommittal about free agent Brandon Pettigrew's status.

"We have to look at every option," Caldwell said. "We've got to have contingencies for every single thing. So we look at it on both sides of it, and we'll see how things work out." Coaches are typically a little more sunny if they expect a player to return, but there's still not much to read into Caldwell's comments. The sides are meeting at the Combine.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 2 Months

The Lions are expected to meet with free agent Brandon Pettigrew's camp at this week's Scouting Combine.

The Combine is a place for teams and agents to get together on a yearly basis. After the Lions locked up C Dominic Raiola on a one-year deal, their attention has turned to Pettigrew. The franchise tag could be an option if a long-term agreement can't be reached, but Pettigrew isn't a playmaker at the position. He's a solid inline blocker and is our No. 4 free-agent tight end.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 2 Months

The Lions are expected to turn their attention to re-signing free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

Detroit locked up C Dominic Raiola to a new one-year deal this week and will now shift its focus to Pettigrew. The burly tight end is an above-average blocker and can play all three downs, but the Lions need to not overpay here. If the Lions do re-up Pettigrew, they need to find a pass-catcher to pair with him at tight end.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 3 Months

GM Martin Mayhew wouldn't rule out using the franchise tag on free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew.

It's likely a case of Mayhew not wanting to insult a player in the media. There's no way Pettigrew is worth anything near the projected $6.7 million it would cost for the Lions to keep him on a one-year franchise tender -- especially since they're already over the cap. He's long been a lead-footed, drop-prone tight end and has never eclipsed 777 yards or five touchdowns in a season. The Lions will likely let Pettigrew test the market before making a team-friendly offer.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 4 Months

Brandon Pettigrew may have played his last down with the Lions.

He was placed on I.R. Wednesday with a high ankle sprain, and is headed for unrestricted free agency. Although Pettigrew's pass-catching efficiency was up this year, he's never developed into more than an underneath target in the passing game and will be looking to max out on the open market approaching age 29. On tape, Pettigrew has long been a frustrating player to watch.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 4 Months

Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

Pettigrew hurt his ankle in Week 15 and missed last week's loss to the Giants. With the Lions now eliminated from playoff contention, they're just ending Pettigrew's season. Joseph Fauria will handle tight-end duties against the Vikings this week. Pettigrew should be fine for the offseason program.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 4 Months

Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 16.

Like Ryan Griffin in Houston, Joseph Fauria is a fairly enticing Week 16 plug-n-play tight end for fantasy owners in desperate spots. The tight end position has been incredibly top heavy and ultimately thin throughout the 2013 fantasy football campaign. It's essentially been Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, Vernon Davis, and for a spell Rob Gronkowski, and then everyone else.