Lions Sign Cherilus; Where Is Dizon?

The Detroit Lions came to terms with first-round pick Gosder Cherilus late Wednesday, ensuring that the mammoth offensive tackle -- drafted 17th overall in April -- would be on the field as the team launched its first full day of training camp.

The Detroit Lions came to terms with first-round pick Gosder Cherilus late Wednesday, ensuring that the mammoth offensive tackle -- drafted 17th overall in April -- would be on the field as the team launched its first full day of training camp.

Although additional terms were not immediately available, the deal will extend five years.

The same couldn't be said for middle linebacker and second-round pick Jordon Dizon.

Expected to push incumbent Paris Lenon for the starting slot, Dizon's deal was still a work-in-progress as the team took the practice field in Allen Park, Michigan.

According to the team's chief negotiator Tom Lewand, however, a deal would be completed before the end of the day. Maybe sooner.

NOTEBOOK:

The Lions were informed that seventh-round pick Caleb Campbell will not be joining the team for training camp due to a recent Department of Defense policy modification that now prioritizes Campbell's military commitment over a career in professional sports.

Campbell's story made national headlines when Detroit picked the Army product in the final round, effectively nullifying the chance Campbell might be sent into war, and instead, into the National Football League.

The Lions were informed of the news within the last 24 hours.

Adam Caplan: The Detroit Lions drafted Kevin Smith in the third round with the belief that the former University of Central Florida running back will take over the starting job at that position this season.

The coaching staff believes Smith is a perfect fit for new offensive coordinator Jim Colletto's power rushing scheme.

Even though they expect him to be the starter for a long time to come, Smith only signed a three-year deal with base salaries of: (2008) $295,000 (2009) $385,000 (2010) $470,000. Smith will also receive a signing bonus of just under $650,000.

Also signing a three-year deal was fifth-round pick Jerome Felton.

The former Furman University fullback will receive the same minimum base salaries as Smith along with a signing bonus of just over $136,000.

Because of the offensive scheme change, the fullback will be a bigger part of Colletto's offense which makes Felton's importance to the team greater.

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