2 players speculated as trade candidates could be fit for the Lions

The Detroit Lions don't have many roster holes, but they could check off their biggest with the addition of a veteran edge rusher who may be on the trade block.
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The Detroit Lions don't have many roster gaps to fill as training camp looms. Wide receiver could be considered one. On the defensive side, Marcus Davenport is a health question, while hopes are high for James Houston to put an injury-wrecked 2023 season behind him.

So adding a veteran edge rusher may make more sense as a final move of the offseason if one is in play.

Fortunately, there are some notable options who are still available. Bleacher Report's Alex Ballentine identified six players rebuilding teams should put on the trading block moving toward training camp. Three edge rushers made the list, and two make the most sense for the Lions.

Two particular veterans could fill Lions' biggest remaining need

On Ballentine's list, Matthew Judon (New England Patriots) and Khalil Mack (Los Angeles Chargers) look like interesting options for the Lions.

Here's what Ballentine wrote aboutJudon:

"The veteran pass-rusher missed all but four games last season with an injured bicep. He is still producing at a high level with 15.5 sacks in 2022 and four in the four games he played last season. However, he might be more valuable to the Patriots rebuild as a trade asset."

"The Eagles were able to turn Haason Reddick into a conditional third-round pick from the New York Jets. If the Pats could get something similar for Judon, it would allow them to save $6.7 million in cap space and stock up on draft capital to build around (Drake) Maye."

And here are Ballentine's notes on Mack:

"Mack was highly productive last season, racking up 17 sacks and 71 pressures, per Sports Info Solutions. However, he was nowhere to be found in ESPN's top 20 in pass rush win rate on the edge."

"At 33 years old, Mack is reminiscent of Robert Quinn in 2021. The veteran pass-rusher had 18.5 sacks in age-31 season on a Bears team that went 6-11. Rather than trade him to a contender in the offseason, they brought him back and ended up trading him to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round pick."

Either Judon or Mack could possibly be attained for a mid-round draft pick, and such a trade would make sense for the Lions. Neither would have to be a focal point of the pass rush, but a nice supplement to the situation.

Mack and Judon linger as possible trade candidates. If either are indeed on the trading block, the Lions should be making calls about their availability between now and the start of the season.


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