6 teams who could make the Lions a trade offer for D’Andre Swift
1. Cincinnati Bengals
It has seemed to be a matter of when, not if, the Bengals part ways with Joe Mixon, one way (a trade) or the other (releasing him) if he won’ take a pay cut. Some off-field issues that have come up to add a layer to things too. The loss of Samaje Perine in free agency, even with a possible Day 3 draft pick, would leave the depth chart very barren when or if Mixon is gone.
But Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan recently, on the Locked On Bengals podcast, noted the idea of finding someone to complement Mixon, as Perine did.
"At this point it’s it’s always going to be what complements Mixon for us,” “We have a runner, you know we have a first and second down style back. And so you try to find things that complement that, and that’s going to be things in the passing game…So you really want more of an all-around back that’s a little bit leaner in the past protection and pass game quite a bit because that’s where we’re light in our running back room makeup at this point.”"
Swift can certainly fill the role Perine left behind, and Callahan described. For a team trying to win the Super Bowl like the Bengals are, even as a one-year flier, it makes sense to add someone with experience. The cost won’t be high, and a description of Swift from Chris Roling of Bengals Wire makes a lot of sense.
"Swift has yet to play a full season in the NFL due to injuries, but he’s sort of a discount Austin Ekeler idea who could bring the same element to the backfield at a much cheaper cost"