3 reasons why the Detroit Lions should not trade for All-Pro CB Xavien Howard

When news broke that All-Pro CB Xavien Howard was requesting to be traded from the Miami Dolphins, I knew there would be some Detroit Lions fans who would beg for GM Brad Holmes to pick up the phone and get a deal done.

Well, I was right so let me help those fans out.

Folks, this is very simple. The Lions should not even consider trading for Howard for these three reasons.

  1. Howard is already 28 years old. The Detroit Lions will not compete for a Super Bowl in 2021 or 2022 or probably not even in 2023. Bringing in a superstar who will no longer be in his prime when the Lions need him would be ignorant.
  2. Howard is one of the top CBs in football and he wants to be paid like that. Throwing $18-20 million at him right now? Nope.
  3. In addition to breaking the bank financially, the Lions would also have to give up a first-round pick and more to pry him from the Dolphins. It would be a fireable offense to give up draft capital to bring in a player who will not be on the roster when it’s time to compete for a Super Bowl.

That’s it. Like I said, simple.