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Detroit Lions ex-coach Jim Caldwell is selling his Franklin home for $2.5M

Detroit Free Press — Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press

Feb. 14--Want to live like a Lions coach (or a former one, at least)? Here's your chance.

Six weeks after he was fired as Lions coach, Jim Caldwell is selling his suburban Detroit mansion for $2.499 million.

The 8,566-square-foot home, which sits on more than an acre in Franklin Village, features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a heated four-car garage.

Among the pictures included in the real estate listing for the property is one of an indoor basketball court with what appears to be Honolulu blue padding on the walls.

The house, which Caldwell bought for $2.1 million in 2014, also has a billiard room and his and her offices.

Caldwell, 63, amassed a 36-28 regular-season record as Lions coach and led his teams to two playoff appearances in four seasons.

He was fired after the Lions missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record this year, and the Lions recently hired Matt Patricia as his replacement.

Caldwell, who still had one guaranteed season left on his contract, has not yet caught on with an NFL team for 2018, and it's unclear if he'll coach again.

Tony Dungy, one of Caldwell's close friends, said at the Super Bowl last month that he doesn't believe Caldwell will return to the NFL unless it's as a head coach.

"The last I had spoke with Coach Caldwell, he said he is going to take good care of his wife and his grandkids and he's going to enjoy life," Dungy said. "If someone wants him to coach their team, he would love to do it, but he's not going to seek out anything and we'll see what happens. He's going to leave it in the Lord's hands and see where it goes."

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