While there was much talk about players changing teams, the 4 PM Eastern deadline for trades came and went today with very few moves.
The Detroit Lions were one team that some people thought might make a splash. They had some trade bait in a player like Ernie Sims and it was rumored that both defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha were both on the trading block, two very good players at the Lions biggest positions of need.
Martin Mayhew and company made the right decision to not make any trades, though. Most people (Daniel Snyder aside) will agree that you build a team through the draft, and while there are some good players out there on the trade block, at what price do they come?
The right thing to do is find players that fill needs now and make good draft picks that will take over their spots eventually.
Mayhew seems to be on the right track as far as the draft is concerned. It appears that Matt Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew, Louis Delmas and DeAndre Levy will all be productive players. The jury is still out on Derrick Williams and Aaron Brown, but each has shown the ability to make plays.
It would have taken multiple picks to acquire either of the players mentioned above in addition to the large contracts the Lions would be taking on. So, why not let Mayhew use those picks instead and build a team the right way for once?
Maybe a few years down the road when the Lions have established themselves as a playoff caliber team we will see them make big moves. But, for the time being, Detroit fans will have to be patient. Again.
In the mean time, here are two guys the Lions should consider signing:
1) Clinton Hart, S- Hart was released from San Diego last week, but prior to that he was the teams starting safety. Let's face it, are the Lions in a position to ignore a man with starting experience when Marquand Manuel is currently getting snaps?
2) Ed Johnson, DT- Two years ago as a rookie the 25 year old started for the Colts and had 48 tackles, but he's had injury problems each of the past two seasons. Though listed at 296 pounds, it is rumored he has gained significant weight. If the Lions continue to have injury problems he's certainly not out of the question. Oh, and the best part? He's a Detroit native.