The Detroit Lions have some holes to fill on both sides of the ball. General manager Bob Quinn could look to the trade market to fill some of those holes.
The Detroit Lions have many holes to fill in their roster this upcoming offseason. Lions’ general manager Bob Quinn will undoubtedly look to fill most of those holes via the draft and free agency. However, there are many players on the trade market that Quinn could and should look into to help improve the roster.
Quinn has already shown that he is willing to make moves of the price is right trading for run-stuffing defensive tackle Damon Harrison earlier this year for a mere fifth-round pick. This moved proved to be exactly what the defense needed to transform from a terrible run defense to a top ten run defense.
There are five glaring needs on the roster right now. Those needs are defensive end, cornerback, tight end, offensive guard, and wide receiver. Some positions that could use a boost include inside linebacker and safety.
Of the five major needs, there are potential trade fits at cornerback, wide receiver, and defensive end. There is also an intriguing safety available on the market as well.
I expect Quinn to sign impact free agents at tight end (perhaps Jared Cook), defensive end (like Frank Clark or Dee Ford), and cornerback. There are some interesting options at wide receiver as well, but I doubt my favorite free agent wide receiver that is due to be a free agent makes it to the open market; I fully expect the Seattle Seahawks to lock up wide receiver Tyler Lockett long-term.
Many surprising names are floating around right now on the trade market, and I’m hoping to see Bob Quinn pursue one or two of those names instead of relying on free agency and the draft to solve all of the needs this roster has. Here, I explore one defensive end, one safety, two wide receivers, and two cornerbacks that Bob Quinn should look into this offseason and try to acquire via trade.