Cory Redding and a 5th Round Pick Traded For Julian Peterson


Lions defensive tackle Cory Redding has been traded to Seattle for linebacker Julian Peterson.

The Lions also are sending the Seahawks a fifth-round draft choice to complete the deal.

Redding signed a seven-year, $47.8 million contract to stay in Detroit in 2007, when the team decided to move him from defensive end. Former Lions coach Rod Marinelli believed Redding would be able to help the “three-technique” defensive tackle format.

Though Redding didn’t produce the desired sacks, he is considered a talented, developing player who is still in his prime.

In acquiring Peterson, the Lions are getting a Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker who can get to the quarterback.

This week, the Seahawks asked Peterson to take a pay cut. He rejected that request and trade talks started around the league. The Lions moved quickly.

Peterson has 46 career sacks and has been to five Pro Bowls. He signed a seven-year, $54 million contract to join the Seahawks in 2006.

With Peterson, Lofa Tatupu and franchise player Leroy Hill on the roster, the Seahawks had $20.7 million of their cap tied up at linebacker.

A solid trade. Redding has been terrible and it was time for a change.

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  • Nick

    Fair trade…maybe even better for the Hawks…

  • Shavon

    Great move by Mayhew, Redding hasn’t been the same since his contract year and he needed a change. The Lions got the local kid and former MSU standout which makes that defense much more respectable but theirs still lots of work to be done. The questions are now on the d line, the Lions have done a great job with adding talent to the secondary and while they still need more LB depth and another starter next to Sims and Peterson, the Lions are on the right track and this trade should bring up BJ Raji into the picture for top overall pick but I think the Lions should trade down a few spots and still get him or one of the other DEs.

  • erick

    i think this was a great deal for the lions and if they can have a successful draft then they could be a respectable team.  I think they should draft either curry or monroe with the first overall pick if they can’t trade down any spots.  If they take curry then at 20 get the best offensive or defensive takle, so if oher drops to them they have to take him, if not grab the best dt available.  Then at 33 grab the tackle position  that they didn’t get at 20, then trade their 3rd round picks for an additional 2nd rd pick and take a safety that to me would be an excellent draft for the lions

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