The Detroit Lions traded Kyle Van Noy on Tuesday in a move that came as a complete surprise. Though Van Noy had very clearly struggled in his two and a half years in Detroit, the Lions showed no public dissatisfaction of his play. In fact, Van Noy was promoted to a starting role this year and at no point in the year was he demoted. Of course, the Lions were already so shorthanded at the position that demoting him was nearly impossible given the alternatives.
It was also shocking to hear because the Lions only got a sixth-round draft pick in return for sending Van Noy and a seventh round pick to the Patriots. Say what you will about Van Noy, but he was a starter for this defense and a former second-round pick. On the surface, this trade is absolutely disappointing.
However, Tuesday afternoon I delved deeper into the trade and tried to justify why Van Noy was traded for so little.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you approve of the Kyle Van Noy trade?
My answer: Yes. As I said in the piece referenced above, the going rate for a linebacker gone bust—and let’s be clear, that’s what happened with Van Noy in Detroit—is about what the Lions got in return. Additionally, shipping Van Noy clears up valuable cap space for 2017, and the Lions appear to have reinforcements coming soon to the linebacker position. I honestly don’t see the Lions defense in any worse of a place with Josh Bynes now pushed into the starting lineup over Van Noy. In the end, while this looks like a major move, it’s really not. Van Noy’s future was done in Detroit. The Lions simply expedited the process.