Lions HC Jim Caldwell declined to say why they elected to place Pettigrew on the non-football injury list on Tuesday, but seemed to imply that they’re going to go in a different direction.
“We made a decision on him,” Caldwell said. “I think it’s been reported, and that’s about all we can say on the matter. It was best for us.”
Pettigrew, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Lions back in 2009. He was in the third year of his four-year, $16 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $3.65 million for the 2016 season when he and the Lions agreed to a slightly reworked contract.
According to Field Yates, Pettigrew was due a non-guaranteed base salary of $3.65 million for 2016. However, the two parties have agreed to add a $2.2 million salary split while on the PUP list and had $1.2 million of his contract fully guaranteed.
The Lions placed Pettigrew on the PUP list coming out of the preseason, as he was still working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered last year.
In 2015, Pettigrew totaled seven receptions for 67 yards receiving and a single touchdown over the course of eight games.
We’ll have more regarding Pettigrew and the Lions as the news is available.