With the draft behind us, and organized team activities on the horizon, Allen Park has been mum for the better part of the last few weeks. We all know the NFL is the league that never sleeps, so we’ve got to find something to talk about regarding our Lions.
Our biggest need is on the defensive line opposite Ziggy Ansah, so we need another End, don’t we? The guys at Sports Illustrated’s Fansided think the Lions should trade an excess cornerback, Nevin Lawson to New Orleans for a fourth round pick, and then move that pick to Jacksonville for TJ Yeldon. Because I think our stable of RBs are strong enough and we need as many CBs as we can in the pass-happy NFL, I must disagree.
I would argue, the position we should most trade for is one we addressed in the second round – defensive back. The Lions should trade for Kam Chancellor.
Chancellor is a seven-year veteran strong safety from Seattle who has been a perennial Pro-Bowler. He is also in the fourth year of a four-year contract with the Seahawks. This past offseason, Seahawks GM John Schneider openly shopped free agent-to be Richard Sherman, telling the league he’s always looking to deal; especially when it comes to aging players who may not fit into his budgetary plans.
Kam would line up next to Glover Quinn, and behind Teez Tabor and Darius Slay which would immediately be considered one of the top secondaries in football. In a division where we face Aaron Rodgers twice a year, we have no greater need than to keep the ball out of the air.
In addition to his play on the field, Chancellor is a vocal leader in the locker room- and with a Super Bowl ring. If the culture at Ford Field is going to change, this is the type of heart transplant that will jump start is.
No player we are going to get in the 2018 NFL draft will have the impact a player like Chancellor will have for our team. So if I’m Bob Quinn, I’m happy to give up my first round pick next year if I can sign Kam long term and build the championship caliber defense around him that it will take to bring the Lombardi trophy to Detroit.