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Why not trade for Tyrell Crosby?


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When the Detroit Lions selected Penei Sewell right before the Panthers selection, a lot of us felt a little let down. He was a sure fire starting left tackle for years to come.  The Lions already had a top 12 LT in Taylor Decker who remains with the team, so the pick almost didn't make sense at the time. It was announced that Sewell would be switching positions to play RT, a position the Lions already had a Oregon player in Tyrell Crosby, who performed admirably at Left Tackle when Decker was injured last year. He also played left tackle during his college career at Oregon. He is set to make 2.1 million this year on the final year of his contract. He could play opposite wherever the front office staff decides to move Moton. He is at least solid competition. 

For now, Crosby is slated to be the Lions 6th man on the O-line with position versatility to play either tackle or guard spot. However, he could very well be our answer at left or right tackle. The Lions stealing Sewell right before our pick, could possibly work out in our favor if we are able to make a decent trade offer. 

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1 minute ago, joemac said:

Why would the Lions want to get rid of quality depth at the offensive tackle position?  Especially with a rookie coming in?

Smart teams trade superfluous talent on the final year of their contracts. It is how you build draft capital and manage the salary cap. 

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1 minute ago, Leeroy Jenkins Ph.D. said:

Smart teams trade superfluous talent on the final year of their contracts. It is how you build draft capital and manage the salary cap. 

Smart teams DO NOT trade away coveted quality offensive line depth.  Just because they bring in a new starter doesn't mean those guys will stay healthy or that they still will not rotate other guys in.  What happens if Sewell gets hurt or the other starter goes down?  What happens if Sewell sucks?

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2 minutes ago, joemac said:

Smart teams DO NOT trade away coveted quality offensive line depth.  Just because they bring in a new starter doesn't mean those guys will stay healthy or that they still will not rotate other guys in.  What happens if Sewell gets hurt or the other starter goes down?  What happens if Sewell sucks?

Devil's advocate..... We are talking about the Lions after all. 

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11 minutes ago, joemac said:

Smart teams DO NOT trade away coveted quality offensive line depth.  Just because they bring in a new starter doesn't mean those guys will stay healthy or that they still will not rotate other guys in.  What happens if Sewell gets hurt or the other starter goes down?  What happens if Sewell sucks?

The Ravens did

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14 minutes ago, joemac said:

Smart teams DO NOT trade away coveted quality offensive line depth.  Just because they bring in a new starter doesn't mean those guys will stay healthy or that they still will not rotate other guys in.  What happens if Sewell gets hurt or the other starter goes down?  What happens if Sewell sucks?

I disagree. Yeah, ideally you'd want that quality depth and if they were a contender it would be an argument to keep him as depth. As is, the Lions are likely more of a contender for the #1 overall pick than they are a SB berth. They'd be much better off trading him to bolster another roster spot or to get more draft capital IMO.

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7 minutes ago, LinvilleGorge said:

I disagree. Yeah, ideally you'd want that quality depth and if they were a contender it would be an argument to keep him as depth. As is, the Lions are likely more of a contender for the #1 overall pick than they are a SB berth. They'd be much better off trading him to bolster another roster spot or to get more draft capital IMO.

So if we already had quality players at both offensive tackles positions, you would be cool with trading our 3rd best T, just for the hell of it?  Have we not all seen how quickly these guys can go down, and then if you do not have a quality back-up you are completely screwed...

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We don't have to trade draft capital.  How about a player at a position where we have plenty of depth. Possibly drafting Terrace Marshall Jr. made Robby Anderson expendable. Lions could definitely use a WR. We could possibly even pick up draft picks with this trade and clear cap space in the process. 

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4 minutes ago, joemac said:

So if we already had quality players at both offensive tackles positions, you would be cool with trading our 3rd best T, just for the hell of it?  Have we not all seen how quickly these guys can go down, and then if you do not have a quality back-up you are completely screwed...

Not for the hell of it, but if you're not a contender with lots of holes elsewhere IMO it would be dumb not to trade the guy. Yeah, were drafting in the top 10 again, but at least we have a backup OT that is the jealousy of the league! Winning!

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