The Detroit Lions defense is in shambles. After a handful of injuries and six games of no improvement, it has become clear that the Lions defense is one of the worst in the league. The Lions are last in the league in passer rating allowed and completion percentage allowed. This is true despite the fact that the Lions have played quarterbacks like Marcus Mariota, Case Keenum and Aaron Rodgers, who all are ranked in the bottom half of the league in passer rating.
With six weeks in the books, the defense has shown no sign of improvement. They simply need better players. And according to Justin Rogers, one of those players may be available this week.
The Lions released Josh Bynes from the injured reserve list on September 10, the day before Week 1. In order to release Bynes, the Lions had to come to an injury settlement, and according to Rogers, it was a three-week settlement. That means after Week 3, Bynes was available to sign with any team, but the Lions have to wait an additional three weeks if they were interesting in re-signing Bynes, per league rules.
Tracked down an injury settlement number for Josh Bynes. Looks like the Lions could re-sign the LB after Week 6, if there's interest.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) October 6, 2016
That brings us up to Week 7, where we currently stand in the league schedule. So today’s Question of the Day is:
Should the Detroit Lions re-sign Josh Bynes?
My answer: Yes. This is a no-brainer. Bynes may be coming off an injury and he may be a little raw after spending over a month away from football, but the linebacker situation on this team is beyond dire. Bynes started most of the games for Detroit last year, and his play was above adequate.
Even if Bynes needs some time to settle in and isn’t quite ready to play right away, he’s worth the roster addition to add some depth. At this point, there’s no reason to believe Bynes won’t be better than Thurston Armbrister or Antwione Williams. Get it done, Lions.
UPDATE: According to Aaron Wilson, Bynes already visited Detroit:
Josh Bynes visited the Lions— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 18, 2016