As the trade deadline approaches at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Detroit Lions — who historically have not been in a position to make many game-changing deals, may now have a chance to make a move to put the team over the top.
With names like Tony Gonzalez, Jared Allen, Hakeem Nicks, Josh Gordon, and others speculated as being on the trading block, 97.1 The Ticket’s Terry Foster and Mike Valenti said that Lions’ management should have their ears perked.
“This team is close to being really dangerous and a trade could take you to the next level,” Valenti said on his radio show Tuesday. “If you can go out and add a wide receiver to add to Calvin Johnson and a healthy Nate Burleson, you could lay claim to being one of the elite offenses in the NFL. They should definitely deal a third round pick to get someone.”
“If I could have my choice, I would take Josh Gordon, but wouldn’t be upset if they got Hakeem Nicks. In today’s game, an offense like that is what wins Super Bowls.”
The last time the Lions made a move at the deadline, it resulted in trading away a 2014 5th round pick to acquire Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas in 2012, who was later released after a lackluster nine games.
“Things are so close right now, perhaps giving up a second or third round pick would be worth it,” Foster said. “I would take the chance because you might just be one piece away from being really good. Wouldn’t it suck if, at the end of the season, the Lions were just one player away from making some noise and winning a playoff game?”
The Lions enter the bye week with a 5-3 record and sit half a game behind the Green Bay Packers for the lead in the NFC North Division. With six out of eight games remaining against teams with losing records, a move to make the league’s already fourth best offense that much better might help the Lions make some noise in the postseason.
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