Release of Morton opens door for others

March 13, 2002
By Len Pasquarelli
Just days after coach Marty Mornhinweg denied the team would release wide receiver Johnnie Morton to avoid paying him a $1 million roster bonus due Friday, the Detroit Lions on Thursday cut the veteran pass catcher.

The move, despite Mornhinweg's statements, had been rumored for several weeks. It saves the Lions $4 million on their 2002 salary cap and created enough room for the team to sign a trio of veteran free agents: wide receiver Bill Schroeder, offensive tackle Matt Joyce and defensive ...

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