The NFL trade deadline is tomorrow afternoon and while there isn’t generally a flurry of activity like in the other major sports leagues, the Detroit Lions have some decisions to make.
There are three areas the Lions would be wise to take a look as the trade deadline approaches.
Get What They Can for Mikel Leshoure
Mikel Leshoure clearly doesn’t have a role with the Lions this season. With Reggie Bush performing as advertised and Joique Bell emerging as a solid part of the offense, it is hard to see that changing any time soon. It’s time for the Lions to see what they can get for Leshoure at the trade deadline. The question is, is anyone interested? Jason La Canfora puts a Leshoure trade in the “fair chance of deal” category.
Acquire a Wide Receiver
The Lions figure to have Nate Burleson back when they return from their bye week but will be without Ryan Broyles. Now, rather than having some depth replenished with the return of Burleson, he basically just gets them back to where they have been the last few weeks. Add in the release of Tony Scheffler and the Lions have room to add a pass catching threat. Calvin Johnson can’t be counted on for another 300-yard receiving day so the Lions need to take a hard look at adding a legitimate receiving threat. Moving forward with the likes of Kevin Ogletree and Jeremy Ross isn’t good enough for a team looking to make a playoff push.
Scour the Cornerback Market
Chris Houston bounced back with a very nice performance against the Cowboys but he has been inconsistent at best as the Lions cornerbacks have been the team’s weak link. Darius Slay isn’t good enough right now and the fact that Rashean Mathis has stepped in to play as big of a role as he has doesn’t speak well for the overall cornerback situation. The Lions secondary is coming off their best game of the season but can similar performances be expected the rest of the way? That’s a very risky proposition, too risky to not at least take a look at what might be available.