Bob Quinn is no stranger to trade deadline moves
Trade deadline moves are nothing new to Bob Quinn. Just consider his acquisition of ‘Snacks’ Harrison and dealing Golden Tate to Philadelphia at the 2018 trade deadline. Last year Quandre Diggs was a trade deadline casualty after falling out of favor with Matt Patricia.
There are plenty of rumors of players who could be traded, but considering the situation that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia are in, it would be surprising if they were selling and not buying.
If they wish to keep their jobs with the Lions they have no choice but to win now. So unless trading off players that don’t fit Matt Patricia’s system or culture brings back players of value for right now, then it’s a moot point.
So while there is talk of trading off players like Jarrad Davis or Marvin Jones, to name a couple who have been mentioned, the chances are that the return would be draft picks. Future assets which is simply not a luxury this regime has.
Not to mention that despite the fact that Marvin Jones has had a subpar season so far, unless someone else in that receiving corps steps up opposite of Kenny Golladay, Jones is a piece they can’t afford to part with while they’re trying to win.
So what is the answer? That is where the great conundrum begins. In order for the Lions to truly be capable of making a legitimate run at the postseason, not just by default because of their schedule being favorable, the defense could use a few pieces.
The Baltimore Ravens were able to pluck pass-rusher supreme Yannick Ngakoue from the struggling Minnesota Vikings. This is the type of trade that could give the Lions defense the type of boost they need.
Now being honest this wasn’t a trade the Lions would have been able to make because no good team wants to trade good players to teams in their division. Minnesota might be struggling, but they wouldn’t do that to themselves.
However, the key element is the cost. A third and conditional fifth-round draft pick isn’t a bad price, but those become important assets if Sheila Ford Hamp decides to dust off Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia when the season is over.
Assets that would be part of the re-build the new regime would be doing.