1. DE Maxx Crosby
It appears Mike Payton of AtoZ Sports and I have seen some of the same sentiment from some Lions' fans. They want Maxx Crosby, with visions of pairing the Eastern Michigan product with Aidan Hutchinson and basically having the best pair of edge rushers in the league. And Crosby, in his fifth NFL season now, is just 26 years old.
There's also this conversation Crosby had with Penei Sewell that was captured at last year's Pro Bowl (h/t to Payton for the find).
The Raiders rightfully rewarded Crosby with a four-year, $94 million contract in March of 2022. If they traded him right now, or before the Oct. 31 deadline, barring a restructuring to change that, they'd absorb a $20.4 million dead money hit (according to Over The Cap). Under the current construction of the contract, it doesn't become overly palatable to trade him until next season-if they would even do so.
The Lions do have the cap space to take on Crosby's contract, which (like Adams') has no guaranteed salary in after 2024). But they do have some notable pay days on the horizon (Sewell, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Hutchinson, Jared Goff?).
If we know anything about Crosby, financial implications for the team aside, it's that he won't want to be traded by the Raiders and he surely won't ask to be dealt. Payton offered up a potential trade proposal though, even as he ultimately squashed Lions' fans' dreams.
- Lions get: Maxx Crosby and a 2024 6th round pick
- Raiders get: James Houston, 2024 1st round pick, 2024 third round pick from the Vikings and the 2025 4th round pick from the Eagles.
Trading for Crosby would be a bold move for any team that might be thinking about it. Could the Lions do it before the deadline? The chances are very slim, but the NFL is a "never say never" business and nothing can every be 100 percent ruled out.