Thought you'd see Daniel Bullocks here? Not likely.
While Bullocks is well on his way to being a draft bust, he’s still better than almost anybody else they have to plug in.
Besides, he has been a starter for a few years now, and if the Lions really don't want him (Kalvin Pearson performed well last year and could fill in well next to Louis Delmas), they would sooner orchestrate a trade and bring in some value than cut him.
Which brings up the next point: Why did the Lions shop Gerald Alexander rather than Bullocks? Bullocks is more experienced and still holds some upside, that’s why.
Tra Battle was claimed off waivers in May after the Dallas Cowboys waived him. His few games last season with the Cowboys are his only non-practice squad experience in the NFL.
Now, I'll admit I haven't seen Battle in action much. He could surprise. But the Lions have their own expendable practice squad guy at safety: Lamarcus Hicks, who was activated last season with the release of WR John Standeford.
Ultimately, it's a toss-up between Hicks and Battle, so I give the edge to seniority, even though the system and coaches are new. More than likely, they're both retained for depth, though.
"Watch Your Back" Factor: Moderate