The 5-1 Detroit Lions are positioned as buyers as the Oct. 31 trade deadline approaches. There's a solid argument for them to just stand pat, as Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus laid out, but even Spielberger's case to "hold" had a caveat. And the idea edge rusher James Houston will be back in a month or so, as Spielberger noted, is at best unclear.
"Detroit doesn’t need to push the envelope with a handful of in-house extensions on the horizon, but a move at cornerback certainly wouldn’t be the worst idea if the right opportunity presents itself. The loss of Emmanuel Moseley out wide was a tough blow, though Jerry Jacobs is a rock-solid former undrafted free agent. Getting one more piece there could help in the long haul.
After a surprising run to a playoff spot in Brian Daboll's first year as head coach, the New York Giants have (as expected) come back to Earth this season. At 1-5, they are lined up to sell between now and Halloween. A loss to the division rival Washington Commanders, possibly with Tyrod Taylor starting under center again, may be the tipping point to push them all the way to sell-mode. Some impending free agents on the roster look like particular trade bait.
The Lions could have some Giants' players on their radar now, with an eye on what happens to them on Sunday as a push toward heavier interest in some of their players.
Here's a trio of Giants who could be on the Lions' radar between now and the trade deadline.