Caldwell (arm) was released from the Lion's injured reserve on Monday. Caldwell's release is likely the result of an injury settlement, though that hasn't been confirmed. He was expected to make the team when he was signed back in May, but the signings of Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts, coupled with his broken hand, made that nearly impossible, which is why he was placed on IR for the year and why the team decided to part ways with him.
The Lions have placed Caldwell (hand) on injured reserve, the Detroit Free Press reports. Caldwell broke a bone in his hand early last week and was unable to take part in Detroit's preseason opener versus Pittsburgh. Although he seemed likely to make the team when signed in May, the additions of Anquan Boldin, as well as Andre Roberts to a lesser extent, put that likelihood in question. Now, the Lions will likely release Caldwell with an injury settlement.
Caldwell did not practice Tuesday. The nature and severity of his injury remain undisclosed. Caldwell is currently in competition for Detroit's No. 5 and No. 6 wide receiver job.
The Lions and Caldwell agreed to a contract Wednesday, MLive.com reports. Since receiving sporadic starts with the Bengals during a four-year stint to kick off his career, Caldwell was lightly used with the Broncos over the past four seasons, totaling 32 catches (on 70 targets) for 337 yards and five touchdowns across 54 games. He took on part-time duty as a kick returner as well, averaging 23.2 YPR on 25 attempts over the last three campaigns, but he merely hauled in his only target while returning a pair of kicks in Denver's Super Bowl victory in February. If he lands on the Lions' 53-man roster out of training camp, he'll serve as depth for a receiving corps that's attempting to weather the loss of Calvin Johnson to retirement.
Caldwell caught his lone target in Sunday's victory over the Panthers for 22 yards. Caldwell's sideline catch came on the Broncos' opening drive and helped set up a field goal lead that they never relinquished. Caldwell caught just 10 passes in 14 games in 2015, but recorded a reception in each of Denver's three playoff matchups. They may be his last as a Bronco. With Cody Latimer already on the books for 2016 and younger options to retain in free agency including Bennie Fowler and Jordan Norwood, Caldwell may be the odd man out.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/07||@Green Bay Packers||20||20.00|
|14||12/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||30.00|
|17||12/31||Green Bay Packers||20||20.00|
|3 Year Avg||12||5||40||1||3||8.00||10|