3 Detroit Lions who could surprisingly be moved before the trade deadline
1. LT Taylor Decker
After the Week 7 loss to the Dolphins, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Decker called the Lions’ losing exhausting. The Lions made the playoffs during his rookie season, and they are 27-59-2 since.
"(Losing is) exhausting,” Decker said. “But there’s nothing I can do other than go back to work. There’s nothing this team can do other than go to practice Wednesday with a good attitude and try to get this thing right. When there are opportunities, we have to capitalize on them. There’s no other way to put it. It sucks, but like I said, there’s no alternative to how we’re approaching it.”"
Trading Decker would weaken the Lions’ offensive line, inarguably their greatest strength. His name does come up in speculation though, to the point he profanely called it out last year. So it’s safe to assume he’s not at all angling for a trade out of Detroit, now or ever.
Decker has two years left on his contract after this one, with cap hits of $19.35 and $19.1 million respectively (according to Over The Cap). He’ll also turn 30 before next season starts. So while he’s been a greatly underappreciated player at a premium position, at least on a national scale, his place in the Lions’ long-term future has to be weighed against the potential return in a trade.
If there’s a Lion who could fetch a first-round pick in a deadline deal, it would be Decker above anyone else. There are enough contending teams who could be looking for a tackle that such an offer may come, but it would be very surprising to see Decker dealt.
Percentage odds of a Decker trade: 3%