In addition to Hyder, the Lions also re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach .

Ian Rapoport reported earlier Saturday Sherman has an affinity for the West Coast, which makes plenty of sense and helps explain such a swift signing. The Southern California native is a Stanford graduate and is familiar with Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who was Seattle’s defensive quality control coach from 2011-2013, Sherman’s first three seasons in the NFL. He’ll stay in the NFC West while also avoiding having to learn a new scheme.

“It’s kind of like college again. You got an athlete coming to your school and you want to try your best to get them there. And that’s the same thing with us. We would really like to have Kirk. I think him and his personality and the things that he brings to the table fits in with Denver. But there are a lot of great teams out there with large pocket books. So we’ll have to just wait and see. But I’ll have to give him the ultimate spiel on why Denver is special to me.”

The Broncos join the Vikings, Cardinals and Jets as teams who are making a run at signing the veteran quarterback, but Miller is ready to give his pitch adding that other markets don’t have someone like him that will be there for Cousins for the rest of his career.

“That’s one thing that these other markets are just not going to have. They’re not going to have a guy like me on the other side that’s going to be with him for the duration of his career, so hopefully that will be enough. I know it won’t, but I’m here all in for the¬†Kirk Cousins¬†sweepstakes.”

Miller is up against some tough competition as Cardinals stars Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson have already lobbied for the veteran to go to Arizona earlier this week.

With 12-sack monster Ezekiel Ansahreturning on the franchise tag, the Lions ‘ pass rush under new coach Matt Patricia could cause plenty of problems for NFC North rivals in 2018.

Small-market teams have been making the playoffs more often lately, especially with the added wild-card spot in each league. But getting in year after year has proven more difficult. Minnesota has the 20th highest payroll in baseball, according to Sportrac, but with many offseason moves still yet to be made, the Twins will probably end up in the bottom 10.seahawks_094_c074a3d65b735726-180x180

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