Lions don't make any moves at NFL trade deadline

Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY S

The Detroit Lions did not make any trades before Tuesday's deadline.

The NFL trade deadline has come and gone without the Detroit Lions making any deals. For weeks, there were rumors and lots of speculation about potential deals involving the Lions, but they ultimately decided to stand pat at the deadline this year.

What does the Lions' lack of activity at the trade deadline tell us? For starters, running back Mikel Leshoure isn't going anywhere for now. He's barely played this season and will face even longer odds of simply being active when Montell Owens returns from injured reserve, but he is still on the roster for the time being. In all likelihood, there just weren't any teams out there willing to give up anything of value for him.

No trades for the Lions also means that they are basically set at wide receiver going forward. They could always go out and add a free agent, especially when Ryan Broyles heads to injured reserve, but the Lions did not acquire Hakeem Nicks, Josh Gordon or one of the other wide receivers rumored to be on the market. This means that once Broyles goes on IR and Nate Burleson returns, the Lions will have Calvin Johnson, Burleson, Kris Durham, Kevin Ogletree, Jeremy Ross and Micheal Spurlock at wide receiver.

For the rest of this season, the lack of a trade for a wide receiver means that the Lions will desperately need Johnson, Burleson and the others to stay healthy. There isn't a ton of depth at the position, as the game against the Green Bay Packers showed us earlier in the season.

In the grand scheme of things, the lack of a move means that wide receiver will continue be one of the Lions' biggest needs going into the offseason, but now it's simply time to move on and worry about that in February.

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