Wild trade proposal gives Lions fans the Broncos player they want most

Many Detroit Lions fans don't want any Denver Broncos players, but a bold trade proposal gives them the one they do want.
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The Denver Broncos won in Week 4, but it was a comeback win over the worst team in the NFL (Chicago Bears) and there's still a case for them to be big-time sellers before the Oct. 31 trade deadline.

A suggestion the Detroit Lions could be interested in any players the Broncos could part with inspired a bit of "we don't want them" sentiment from fans on the SideLion Report Facebook page. It's easy to understand to some degree, but it's not like the Broncos don't have any good or potentially useful players.

Maybe Sean Payton overestimated his ability to coach them up while criticizing his predecessor.

One Broncos player did pop up a bit in the Facebook comments, as unrealistic as it feels like to get him and seemingly without a major need at his position. But....

A wild trade proposal gives some Lions' fans the Broncos' player they do want

Ryan Fowler of Bleacher Report has offered up "6 Shocking Trades For Stars on Struggling Teams After Week 4." So keep that premise in mind, with one that involves the Lions.

"Broncos receive: 2024 first-round pick, 2024 third-round pick, 2025 second-round pick

Lions receive: CB Patrick Surtain II

After trading 2020 No. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah to the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, the Lions could further cement themselves as NFC contenders by adding Patrick Surtain II.

Surtain is under contract through the 2024 season, and the Lions could exercise his fifth-year option next spring. They'd have the remainder of the year to plug him in and evaluate him before working on an extension.

The Lions are projected to be within the top 10 leaguewide of cap space in both 2024 and 2025. Surtain would immediately boost the Lions secondary while providing a hefty amount of draft capital to Denver in return."

Three draft picks for Surtain feels like a lot to give up, but the proposal here has only one first-round pick and that's lined up to be late in 2024. Looking beyond this season, the Lions have one cornerback (Cameron Sutton) currently under contract. And they do have a lot of projected cap space for 2024 and beyond.

Denver surely views Surtain as a building block, not a player they'll even remotely consider trading if they're in sell-mode. But this "shocking", wild trade proposal would give a section of Lions' fans the one Broncos' player they actually want.

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