The Detroit Lions are now seriously in need of a wide receiver with Nate Burleson probably lost for at least a good portion of the season. The Lions aren’t wasting any time, already reportedly talking about a trade with multiple teams.
The #Lions have talked with multiple teams this morning regarding receivers available for possible trade, according to sources.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 24, 2013
While the loss of Burleson puts the Lions down a slot receiver, they would be best served by looking for an outside receiver to play opposite Calvin Johnson. Adding a legitimate outside receiver also frees the Lions line Calvin up in a variety of ways.
That was an area of need even before Burleson went down, and they already have Ryan Broyles who is more than capable of picking up the slack. If the Lions can find the right player at the right price, easier said than done this time of year, then they might actually find themselves in a decent position going forward.
The biggest names to keep in mind come with the most baggage. Cleveland’s Josh Gordon is a talented player who is coming off a big game against the Vikings but is one strike away from earning himself a year-long suspension. Kenny Britt is a malcontent in Tennessee, already tweeting about this being his last season with the Titans.
The Lions could choose to go the cheap route and sign a free agent. Matt Willis, Chaz Schilens and Mike Thomas were all with the Lions during training camp but have not latched on with a team. Of that group, only Schilens is a true outside receiver.
Other free agent wide receiver options who will be familiar names to Lions fans are Steve Breaston and Laurent Robinson – two players who worked out for the Lions in the past. They could also take a look at Mohamed Massaquoi, Matthew Stafford‘s former teammate at Georgia, although he wasn’t able to stick with either the Jets or Jaguars.