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Calvin Johnson: 'We Need to Win a Super Bowl'

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Lions Pro-Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes the team needs to come through big in 2014.

Johnson joined the NFL Network on Wednesday and said the expectations are simple, Super Bowl or bust.

"We need to win a Super Bowl," Johnson said. "That's the No. 1 thing. That's the No. 1 thing [and] should be for every team going into the beginning of the year."

"We're definitely in a place where we feel we could do that."

Johnson will be playing for new head coach Jim Caldwell after the Lions parted ways with Jim Schwartz in the offseason.

"It's an overall change and vibe here, and we love it," Johnson said of working under Caldwell. "We're going to go out and bust our butts every day because Jim is such a great guy, a great leader for our team. And he's helped bring us together, and we're doing a lot of stuff on our own off the field to keep that camaraderie going."

Johnson had 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and pulled in 12 touchdowns last season.

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Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 29-year-old Sims spent the previously two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he compiled 86 tackles with one forced fumble in 22 games.

Sims was originally drafted out of Florida State by the Lions with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He spent four years in Detroit, where he accumulated over 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons. He recorded a career-high 172 tackles in 2007.

The Cardinals finished the 2013 season with the sixth overall defense in the league.

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WR Golden Tate Signs with Lions

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The Detroit Lions signed receiver Golden Tate to a five-year deal Wednesday.

Tate told ESPN's Josina Anderson the deal is worth $31 million with $13.5 million guaranteed.

Tate, 25, had 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last season.

Tate joins an offense that was third in the NFL in passing yards last season.

“Not only because I’m going to have the opportunity to learn from Calvin (Johnson), but (Matthew) Stafford has a great arm, a strong arm. I see this team being good, being good for a long time, winning a bunch of games," Tate said Wednesday at his introductory press conference. “You know, I was sitting in my bed last night watching highlights of Detroit and I just felt like I could call this place home.”

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Lions Owner William Clay Ford Sr. Passes Away At 88

Joe Robbins/Getty Images Sport(DETROIT) -- Detroit Lions owner and Ford Motor Co. executive William Clay Ford Sr. passed away from pneumonia at his home at the age of 88, the company said in a statement Sunday.

Ford was the last surviving grandchild of the company’s founder, Henry Ford. He served with the automobile company for 57 years, as an employee and board member.

“My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community,” said Ford Motor Company executive chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. “He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all.”

Ford became president of the Lions in 1961 and purchased controlling interest in November 1963.

“His leadership, integrity, kindness, humility and good humor were matched only by his desire to bring a Super Bowl championship to the Lions and to our community,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement. “ Each of us in the organization will continue to relentlessly pursue that goal in his honor.”

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Lions Cut Wideout Burleson

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions released veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Burleson made 39 catches for 461 yards and a touchdown last season. He missed seven games because of a broken left forearm.

Burleson was set to make $7,531,645 in 2014 and cost the Lions close to $5.5 million toward the salary cap. He was willing to restructure his deal but the Lions didn't bite.

The six-foot, 198-pound Burleson played his last four seasons in Detroit. During that time he caught 194 balls for 2,083 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"The last 4 years in Michigan been incredible!," Burleson tweeted. "MY TEAM, FANS & the CITY will missed more than you know! Thank You! Love Detroit!"

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Lions Hire Vince Lombardi's Grandson as Offensive Coordinator

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joe Lombardi, the grandson of legendary NFL head coach Vince Lombardi, was hired by the Detroit Lions as their offensive coordinator Tuesday.

Lombardi served as the New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach since 2009. During that time Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 19,661 yards with a 68.1 percent completion percentage, 156 touchdowns and has made the Pro Bowl every season.

Lombardi also served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Mercyhurst College from 2002-2005.

Lombardi attended school at the United States Air Force Academy where he played tight end from 1991 to 1993.

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Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) --  The Detroit Lions have hired Jim Caldwell as their next head coach.

The 58-year-old Caldwell will replace Jim Schwartz, who was fired following a 7-9 season.  He spent the past two years with the Baltimore Ravens, taking over as the offensive coordinator in December 2012 after Cam Cameron was fired.  The Ravens would go on to win the Super Bowl with Caldwell calling the plays.

The Lions reportedly like Caldwell because of his previous head-coaching experience and his ability to run an offense.  He was the first of four coaches to interview for the job.

Caldwell spent three seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011.  He went 26-22 during that time and took the team to the Super Bowl in his first season at the helm.

The only two remaining NFL teams without head coaches are the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings.

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ESPN: Lions to Interview Mike Munchak 

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak will interview with the Detroit Lions on Friday for their head coaching vacancy, according to ESPN and media reports.  

Munchak was fired by the Titans following a 7-9 record in 2013.  He spent 31 years with the franchise as both a player and a coach. 

Former Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will accompany Munchak to the interview. 

The 53-year-old Munchak has also interviewed for the coaching vacancy at Penn State, according to sources.

San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt remains the front-runner to be named the next head coach of the Lions.

The Lions fired former head coach Jim Schwartz after a 7-9 season.  They lost six of their final seven games to miss the playoffs, despite a talented roster.

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ESPN: Lovie Smith Reaches Agreement to Coach Buccaneers

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lovie Smith has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become their new head coach, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports the deal is for four years, with a fifth-year team option, and is expected to pay Smith in excess of $5 million a year.

Smith was a linebackers coach in Tampa Bay for five seasons under Tony Dungy.

"Congratulations to the Bucs,'' Dungy tweeted. "I think they made a very good choice in hiring Lovie Smith. Now I'm excited about watching the Bucs next year!''

Smith coached the Chicago Bears from 2004-12, compiling an 81-63 record. He won NFL Coach of the Year in 2005 and also led the Bears to three NFC North titles  and a trip to the 2007 Super Bowl.

Smith takes over for Greg Schiano, who went 11-21 in two seasons as the Buccaneers' head coach.

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Detroit Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Schwartz

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- The Detroit Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz on Monday. In five seasons roaming the sidelines in the Motor City, he compiled a record of 29-51.

The Lions hired Schwartz in 2009 from the Tennessee Titans, where he was the defensive coordinator. He took over a team that went an NFL worst 0-16 the previous season.

Schwartz led Detroit to the post-season in 2011 after finishing the season at 10-6. They lost to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card Round, 45-28.

The Lions began this season 6-3 before finishing 7-9.

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