Truly a James Harris Move: Lions Trade Away Saftey For Veteran WR

Tim HigginsCorrespondent IJune 27, 2009

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 28:  Defensive back Gerald Alexander #42 of the Detroit Lions runs with the football out of the end zone after an interception against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 28, 2007 in Chicago Illinois. The Lions defeated the Bears 16-7.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

I would call this a steal, but when you have James "Shack" Harris in your office your bound to make mistakes.  Especially on wide receivers. 

If you know James Harris, you know that he's the GM who drafted Reggie Williams, Matt Jones, Ernest Wiliford, and Bryon Leftwich.  All of those players are not placed in a starting role on a team, as some even remain unsigned.  None are still on the Jaguars roster. 

Great picks then right?

No, and this move by the Detroit Lions office maybe just as bad as those wide receiver moves.  The Lions trade a promising young safety, who as a rookie recorded 88 tackles and two interceptions, for a wide receiver who has been nothing short of mediocre, and is turning 31 years old.  What is even more perplexing about this trade is that the wide receiver position is actually somewhat stable in Detroit.   Well there's James Harris for you. 

And for Gene Smith the resume continues to grow.  After what looks to be a solid draft, one that we haven't had in Jacksonville for quite some time, he has made solid free agency moves, and now deals away an old player who doesn't mean much to the team, for a young 24 year old safety who excelled in his rookie year (injury caused him to miss much of last year). 

So a steal for the Jaguars? Or a blunder by the Lions?  I'll let you decide.  Bottom line is that things are looking up in Jacksonville.

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