It's the offseason for every NFL team but two now, as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs get closer to playing in Super Bowl LVIII. In a broad sense, there are looming free agents on both teams who could appeal to the Detroit Lions. Possibly even more than the five we've listed, depending on how things go and where some needs would then be revealed.
On the flip side of that, it was worth digging into the list of free agents on both of this year's Super Bowl teams to see if there are any the Lions should avoid. It was tough to flesh out a list of those to unequivocally avoid. Getting to five became untenable, and upon a fresh review getting to three became tough. Two is not usually a list worth doing in a longer form.
But one upcoming free agent on a Super Bowl LVIII team stands out as someone the Lions should, and surely will, avoid.
There's one upcoming free agent on a Super Bowl LVIII team the Detroit Lions should (will) absolutely avoid
With top needs at cornerback and edge rusher in mind, those positions are an easy focus when considering any free agent target for the Lions. An edge rusher with a lofty draft pedigree, albeit with a couple injury-shortened seasons after winning Defensive Rookie of the Year, might make sense.
With that need for an edge rusher already showing itself during this past season, the idea the Lions needed to trade for someone was easy.
Then the San Francisco 49ers acquired Chase Young from the Washington Commanders for a third-round pick in April's draft, and there was certainly an easy "that's all it took to get him?" sentiment.
Then Young posted just 2.5 sacks over 11 games (including the playoffs) for the 49ers. In the NFC Championship Game the Lions got a close look at effort like this, on Jahmyr Gibbs' touchdown run. Young is No. 92.
The effort level of the 49ers' defense against the Lions has since been noted and called out by multiple people within the team, with Young a clear focus to be called out individually. How he responds in the Super Bowl will be worth noting, with an opportunity to put something good on tape before free agency.
But it ultimately doesn't matter what Young does in the Super Bowl. Intangibles and culture fit are requirements to be a Detroit Lion, and the former No. 2 overall pick just doesn't measure up.