3 moves the Detroit Lions must make to reach Super Bowl LIX

After falling agonizingly short of it this year, here are three offseason moves the Detroit Lions must make if they want to make it to the Super Bowl next year.

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2. Get at least one more competent edge rusher

It's becoming a belabored point by now, and it will be for another month (or maybe two). But the Lions need to find a high-end edge rusher to pair with Aidan Hutchinson this offseason.

No other Lions' edge rusher had more than two sacks this past season. That underachieving group is lined up for some turnover this offseason, with Charles Harris, Romeo Okwara and Julian Okwara all but surely gone.

A full, healthy season from James Houston in 2024 will only help. But he is so raw he's probably best-suited to a situational/rotational role until further notice. Josh Paschal will also be in his third season, and ideally he'll start to fully pay off his status as a second-round pick. But neither of those now third-year men are known, reliable quantities right now.

This year's free agent class of edge rushers has a lot of high-end talent, though some of those guys may be retained by their current team via a franchise tag. There could be some trade possibilities too, though the premium on pass rushers makes that a potentially very costly path too.

A draft pick or two, maybe even their first-round pick, could be used on an edge defender if a move for a noteworthy, proven veteran doesn't come. But ideally, that proven commodity will be brought in to help Hutchinson reach another level.