Caldwell (arm) was released from the Lions' injured reserve list 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 job in the Lions' wideout corps.
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.
As expected, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas skipped QB Peyton Manning's offseason passing workout at Duke University last week.
Thomas was tagged by the team, keeping him off the free agent market, and he's in the process of negotiating a long-term contract with the Broncos. He intends to work out on his own until the deal is done.
Manning spent the week throwing to Broncos pass catchers Owen Daniels, Andre Caldwell, Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer and Virgil Green.
Manning poked fun at Thomas by photoshopping him into a group picture, taken at Duke after a workout.
In an uncharacteristically meager offensive performance by the Broncos in St. Louis on Sunday, several skill position players provided small contributions.
Included were wide receiver Andre Caldwell and tight end Jacob Tamme, who managed 31 yards receiving apiece while Wes Welker added just 28 on four receptions. Running back Juwan Thompson chipped in with one catch for five yards.
The Broncos have listed seven players as probable Week 6 against the Jets.
David Bruton, Andre Caldwell, Chris Harris, Lerentee McCray, Brandon McManus, Michael Schofield and Juwan Thompson should all be able to play Sunday. All seven were able to take part in full practice Friday.
Broncos head coach John Fox told reporters that the team will know more about the extent of wide receiver Andre Caldwell's injury on Wednesday when the official practice report is released for Week 6, per ESPN. Caldwell left Week 5 against Arizona with a knee injury. Cody Latimer would be next up if Caldwell is unable to play against the Jets on Sunday.
Broncos receiver Andre Caldwell is questionable to return Week 5.
Caldwell is dealing with a knee injury. He does not have a catch yet, and has only been targeted once during the contest.
The Broncos got several offensive contributions in their Week 1 win over the Colts. Backup running back C.J. Anderson ran four times for 27 yards, wideout Andre Caldwell caught two of five targets for 16 yards, and tight end Virgil Green had an 8-yard catch.
Even though the Broncos drafted rookie receiver Cody Latimer in the second round of the NFL Draft, Andre Caldwell is still expected to be No. 4 on the depth chart, reports the Denver Post.
The Broncos will go with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders as their Top 3 receivers, and Caldwell will be No. 4 ahead of Latimer.
The report says Caldwell will be the kickoff returner as well, and Latimer is still trying to recover from a foot injury.
The Broncos will sign receiver Andre Caldwell to a two-year deal worth just under $3.5 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.
Caldwell had 16 catches for 200 yards and three scores in 2013 -- with 59 yards and two of the touchdowns coming in a Week 15 game when the Broncos were without Wes Welker. Caldwell has never posted more than 450 yards or three touchdowns in any of his six NFL seasons.
The Broncos received offensive contributions from a couple role players during Sunday's win over the Raiders in Week 17. Ronnie Hillman rushed for 30 yards on 12 carries, averaging 2.5 yards per attempt. He was targeted once. Andre Caldwell finished as the team's second leading receiver with three catches for 42 yards on six targets.
Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell caught two passes for 12 yards in Sunday's 37-13 win over the Texans. He was targeted three times.
Caldwell had six catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the Chargers. But Peyton Manning kept his passing mainly to his group of preferred targets in Week 16 -- throwing mainly to Demaryius and Julius Thomas and Eric Decker.
The Broncos face the Raiders in Week 17.
Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell caught six passes off 11 targets for 59 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's Week 15 loss to San Diego. It was, by far, the best game of Caldwell's season.
And while things seem to be in place for Caldwell to repeat the performance -- as he fills in for Wes Welker -- there's still enough risk here for Caldwell to be left in the deeper leagues.
The Broncos could opt to use Jacob Tamme in some of Caldwell's spots on offense. Additionally, the Texans have allowed the second-fewest passing yards to opponents this season, and Peyton Manning has Decker, Demaryius Thomas, and Julius Thomas -- as well as two pass-catching running backs -- to spread the ball around to.
While Caldwell could just slide into Welker's role and continue the production, there's even a slim chance Welker comes back and plays this week.
It all adds up to Caldwell being an iffy factor in deep (18 teams) leagues, and a very big gamble in anything shallower.
With Wes Welker sidelined by a concussion, Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell had a huge impact in Week 15 against the Chargers Thursday.
Caldwell led the team in every receiving category Thursday, as he hauled in six of the 10 passes thrown his way. He racked up 59 yards and scored twice in the game. He opened the game with a 15-yard score on the first drive, and added a 5-yarder in the fourth quarter as the Broncos desperately tried to come back in a 27-20 loss.
Caldwell entered the game with just five receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown on the season, so he almost literally came out of nowhere to play such a large role. Whether Caldwell can continue his success in Week 16 against the Texans will likely depend on Welker's availability yet again.
The Broncos backup pass-catchers did little Week 13 against the Chiefs.
Andre Caldwell caught just one pass for 4 yards. Jacob Tamme was targeted three times, and caught one pass for 3 yards. Virgil Green caught one pass for 2 yards.
The Broncos received minor contributions from several key role players during Sunday's win over the Redskins in Week 8.
In the running game, C.J. Anderson got on the field for his first game of the season, racking up 22 yards on four carries. Wide receiver Trindon Holliday lined up in the backfield and broke for a 7-yard run in the second quarter for his only action of the day.
Wide receiver Andre Caldwell caught a 14-yard pass from Peyton Manning for his only catch of the day despite receiving two targets. Tight end Jacob Tamme also caught his only targeted pass for a gain of 15 yards. Tight end Virgil Green was held without a catch despite earning a target.
Broncos safety David Bruton and wide receiver Andre Caldwell each had a carry Week 6 against the Jaguars.
Bruton converted a fake punt, picking up 35 yards on his only run. Caldwell was used on an end around, and notched 7 yards. While Caldwell has been used in the passing game occasionally this season, he did not receive a target Week 6.
Both players will take on the Colts next week.