When the Detroit Lions lost Ndamukong Suh in free agency, they quickly filled the void at defensive tackle by trading for Haloti Ngata. Then, after losing Nick Fairley, they signed free agent Tyrunn Walker. They also later traded away a future third-round pick in order to draft Gabe Wright, giving them extra depth at the position.
Although the defensive tackle position is in decent shape right now all things considered, it appears that another move may be on the way. From Jason La Canfora:
Wouldn't be surprised at all if the Lions added a defensive tackle by the time they hit veteran mini camp. Exploring several options— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 23, 2015
A veteran defensive tackle would certainly make sense. After all, Andre Fluellen is still a free agent, and he is seemingly re-signed at least once a year, and simply getting more experience and depth at the position could be valuable going forward.
Perhaps the Lions don't have plans to sign anybody, though. Instead, maybe they are going to make another trade:
Lions were proactive addressing DL with Haloti Ngata trade. Could address their need at DT in that regard as well. Stay tuned— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 23, 2015
Considering the Lions likely have multiple compensatory picks coming their way in 2016 and already have an extra fifth-rounder, they have plenty of ammo to make a trade happen even after dealing away next year's third-round pick. Plus, given how deep a position like linebacker is, they could potentially just do a player-for-player swap if they find the right team.
In any case, it will be interesting to see if anything actually happens at the defensive tackle position in the coming weeks. That veteran minicamp La Canfora referred to is scheduled for June 16-18, so if the Lions stick to that timeline and actually make a move, something should happen in the next three weeks.