DETROIT — The Detroit Lions won’t be getting a 2020 draft pick for Michael Roberts after all.
A day after they traded the third-year tight end to the New England Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick, the Lions announced Roberts had reverted back to their roster due to conditions of the trade, and was subsequently waived.
Roberts’ agent did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. The tight end was returning from December shoulder surgery.
He said last week he was in a great spot health wise, and in a brief phone interview Thursday, said he was getting ready to travel to New England to complete the trade.
“I’m up and running,” Roberts said of his health last week. “Just it’s more so about maintaining and building strength around everything that I had go wrong which, I feel perfectly fine.”
The Lions made significant upgrades to their tight end room this offseason, signing Jesse James and Logan Thomas in free agency, and taking T.J. Hockenson and Isaac Nauta in the draft.
Nauta has not practiced with the team this summer, but Hockenson, James and Thomas are expected to fill roster spots this fall, which made Roberts expendable.
“We had an opportunity to move on from Mike and hopefully, potentially, get something in the future for it,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said Thursday. “So it was a good opportunity for us as a team to do that and to build our team long term.”
A fourth-round pick out of Toledo in 2017, Roberts caught nine passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns last season, and has 13 receptions for 146 yards in his career.
The Lions currently do not have a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft.
Texans will not continue pursuit of Caserio
The Texans have dropped their pursuit of Patriots executive Nick Caserio for their vacant general manager’s job, and New England has withdrawn the grievance it filed against Houston.
Texans owner Cal McNair released a statement Friday saying the Texans would no longer seek interviews with Caserio.
“When we started the process to interview Nick Caserio for our EVP/GM position, we consulted the league office on numerous occasions, followed the procedures outlined in the league’s rules and believed we were in full compliance,” McNair said in the statement. “We have now been made aware of certain terms in Nick’s contract with the Patriots. Once we were made aware of these contract terms, I informed Mr. (Robert) Kraft that we would stop pursuing Nick.”
Brian Gaine was abruptly fired by the Texans last week. Subsequently, an 11-page complaint by former security coordinator Jeff Pope filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged his firing by the team was racially motivated.
Pope alleged that Gaine unjustly initiated the firing of Pope and eight other black employees during his 17 months on the job.