4 free agents Detroit Lions should watch on Sunday of the Divisional Round
4. Bengals LB Germaine Pratt
Pratt has topped 90 tackles in each of the last two seasons, and with some big contract extensions on the horizon (Joe Burrow, JaMarr Chase, Tee Higgins?) the notoriously cheap Bengals (aside from future cap considerations) may be priced out of his market rather quickly this offseason.
After a Bengals’ win in December, as outlined by our friends over at Stripe Hype, Pratt tweeted about wanting to play more on third down.
"Need to play 3rd down too much money left on the table."
To go with 99 total tackles and six tackles for loss during the regular season, Pratt was also pretty effective as a pass defender (10 pass breakups, 62.1 passer rating allowed in his coverage, according to Pro Football Reference). His desire to play a little more on third down/passing downs seemed to be well-founded then, even if it was rooted in concern over leaving money on the table as he neared free agency.
Alex Anzalone had a far better second season as Lion, and the coaching staff seems to like the intangible value he brings. But he’s going to be a free agent, and the possibility of losing him is far greater than it was last year at this time.
Spotrac projects Pratt’s market value at just shy of $7.3 million per year, over a projected four-year deal. He’ll turn 27 in May, so that shouldn’t be a bad deal for the Lions to consider doling out.