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Wednesday open thread: Should the Lions have done something at the trade deadline?

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Did the Lions make a mistake by standing pat?

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Despite all the hullabaloo surrounding the Detroit Lions and Eric Ebron and any other trade rumors you may have dusted off, the Lions ended up doing nothing at the trade deadline.

This could mean one of many things. It could mean the Lions are more optimistic about Ebron than most others. It could mean Detroit didn’t get an offer they thought was fair for their troubled tight end. It could mean the Lions think they’re good enough to compete without extra help, or maybe there just wasn’t anyone on the trading block worth sending valuable resources away for.

No matter the reason, the Lions—like most teams—stood pat during the trade deadline, and that drew plenty of reactions from around Lions fandom. So today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you approve of the Lions doing nothing at the trade deadline?

My answer: Yes and no.

Yes, I approve that the Lions did not go after a guy like Carlos Hyde or make a move like the Seahawks in selling out to get a game-changing offensive lineman. To me, this Detroit team is not close enough to compete for a championship where it would be worth it to send a draft pick or two or three for a single player. Carlos Hyde alone was not going to turn around this running game, and there’s no guarantee the Lions could keep him around long-term, as this is the final year of his contract.

Buying at the trade deadline is typically for teams that feel they are a single piece away. The Bills (5-2), Eagles (7-1) and Seahawks (5-2) were the three “buying” teams that made the most notable of trades this deadline. A 3-4 Lions team was not likely to make a deep run with one extra piece, even with the division supposedly “wide open.”

However, I really think moving Eric Ebron was the right move here. He’s talented, no doubt, but Detroit has given him chance after chance to take the next step in production to meet that talent, and he’s never done it.

It’s never been so clear that a player has hit a wall, and he’s hit the point of no return with fans. Nothing short of leading all tight ends in receiving yards will endear him with fans, and that is going to take a toll on Ebron’s emotional health, whether he’ll admit it or not.

The Lions’ season isn’t over and trading Ebron would have probably made the Lions worse in the short-term, but we’re getting dangerously close to shifting focus to the future.

Obviously, it’s hard to answer this question completely honestly since we don’t know what offers the Lions may or may not have received, but Ebron’s time here should be short regardless.

Your turn.


Do you approve of the Lions standing pat during the trade deadline?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    (285 votes)
  • 18%
    No, they should have added someone
    (133 votes)
  • 42%
    No, they should have traded away Ebron (or someone else)
    (313 votes)
731 votes total Vote Now