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Detroit Lions Trade Rumors: Team Looking for Help in Secondary

The Detroit Lions will trim their roster to the final 53 for the start of the regular season next weekend, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if at least one or two on that final 53 are in the current group of 75.

According to Jason La Canfora, the Lions are working the phones in search of help in the secondary.

I’ll be honest, at first La Canfora’s tweet made it sound like a link between the Lions and Brown but after subsequent readings, I don’t think that is the case. I take it to be a general report regarding the current trade market – Lions are looking for help in the secondary, Browns are willing to deal a defensive lineman.

This time of year it is common for teams to swap strength for weakness to balance out a roster. As the roster stands now, the Lions figure to have to cut players who could legitimately contribute to a 53-man roster at wide receiver and defensive line while remaining thin at cornerback. Finding a team deep in the secondary but thin at spots where the Lions are deep makes for a win-win for both teams.

The Lions pulled off one such move in 2010 to acquire Alphonso Smith from the Denver Broncos in exchange for Dan Gronkowski. It was a trade of players unlikely to make the final roster with their original team. Smith went on to start 10 games for the Lions that season.

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