The Detroit Lions made a somewhat rare trade last month. In desperation from Taylor Decker’s injury, the Lions sent a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for Greg Robinson, a former second overall pick and burnout with the Rams.
Even though Robinson comes with a $3.3 million price tag, it’s a fairly low-risk trade for Detroit. It only cost them late-round pick, and the Lions may only need his services for a few months anyways. And if things work out, Detroit could have a young talent on their hands and could potentially extend him long-term, if wanted.
Only time will tell if the trade was the right move. For the rest of Detroit’s trade history, we’ve already been granted the gift of time, meaning we can sit back and judge how successful they were. So today Question of the Day is:
What is the best trade in Detroit Lions history?
My answer: I can’t pick anything other than what Fox Sports calls the worst trade in Dallas Cowboys history: Sending a first, third and sixth-round pick to the Lions for Roy Williams and a seventh-round pick. Even Jerry Jones has gone on record as saying he wants that one back.
After 4.5 season with the Lions, it was clear Williams was on the decline, and since Detroit—in the midst of what would eventually become their infamous winless season—was in clear need of a rebuild, pulling in extra draft picks was huge. The Lions were in desperate need for a rebuild and although they didn’t exactly put those picks to good use (Brandon Pettigrew, Derrick Williams and Aaron Brown), it certainly put them in a position to do so.