Detroit Lions headlines: More picks wanted, No trading Ebron
The Detroit Lions want more picks in the upcoming NFL draft. How will they go about getting them? That and more in today’s headlines.
With the first wave of free agency in the rear view mirror, numerous pro days in the works and the NFL draft just a month away, the offseason is in full swing for the Detroit Lions.
One area the Lions wish to improve upon in the coming weeks is the amount of draft picks they currently own. We’ll cover that hot topic and more in today’s version of headlines.
Detroit Lions looking to add more picks for 2018 NFL draft – Detroit Free Press
The Lions own just six draft picks. They want more. With needs at nearly every positional group on their roster, Detroit will be looking to makes some deals between now and April 26th to try and increase their selection total. Expect a trade or two in the coming days in order to make that happen. Whether that involves trading down in the draft or trading away a player or two is anyone’s guess.
Bob Quinn: Eric Ebron’s salary was too high to trade – Pro Football Talk
General manager Bob Quinn held his ground last season, opting not to trade away former first round pick Eric Ebron at the Halloween trade deadline. And his refusal to do so benefited the team as Ebron had a strong second half performance.
But Quinn opted to simply release the 24-year old tight end earlier this month, saving over $8 million in the process. And it was that enormous price tag that made Ebron impossible to trade away, getting the Lions nothing back in return. Ebron signed a four-year, $12.2 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts last week.
Paul Pasqualoni will call Lions’ defense – DetroitLions.com
Although this isn’t a surprise, be assured head coach Matt Patricia will be heavily involved in getting this new Detroit defense off the ground. Patrica and Pasqualoni’s time together at Syracuse will allow them to work in harmony in the Motor City.
Detroit Lions’ Bob Quinn: ‘I’m really happy with how offseason’s gone’ – Detroit Free Press
I’m not sure any NFL general manager would ever tell the press that they hate their offseason dealings so far. But Quinn and the Lions’ front office have re-signed many key players while also provided depth in some of their weaker areas. They are far from done, but will likely now turn to the draft for their bigger additions.
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After free agency, are Lions destined for mediocrity in 2018? – ESPN.com
It’s an interesting question. What if the Detroit Lions fail the duplicate the success they had under head coach Jim Caldwell the past for season in 2018? Well, both Quinn and Patricia are at the beginning of what should be a five-year journey. They’ll likely be given the benefit of the doubt unless no positive progress is made. With the pieces they already have in place, it’s hard to imagine this team going backwards.