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Wednesday open thread: Which tight end should the Detroit Lions sign in free agency?

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Detroit has met with several tight ends in free agency.

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With Darren Fells and Eric Ebron signed elsewhere for 2018, the Detroit Lions are in serious need of a tight end acquisition... and they know it. They have already brought in four different tight ends for visits in the first week of free agency, and it seems like a signing could be imminent.

Here’s a look at the four tight ends currently in the running for the Detroit job:

  • Brent Celek
  • Luke Willson
  • Logan Paulsen
  • Levine Toilolo

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Which tight end do you want the Detroit Lions to sign?

My answer: Ideally, I’d like the Lions to sign a veteran who can both block and catch. At this point in their career, that leaves only Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo. Both Celek and Paulsen are purely blocking tight ends, and while the Lions obviously need that too (to replace Fells), I’m not certain Michael Roberts is ready to take on the receiving role by himself.

Both Wilson (28) and Toilolo (26) bring relative youth with them, and both have seen somewhat similar production as a receiver. But Willson has the edge there:

Willson (72 games): 89 catches, 1,129 yards, 11 TDs
Toilolo (79 games): 74 catches, 723 yards, 7 TDs

So give me Willson. He’s the only guy available that can match Ebron’s athleticism, while also maintaining some adequacy as a blocker. I don’t think he’s the kind of guy who can come in at see 70-80 targets like Ebron, but he could realistically take over as the No. 1 TE for a year if Michael Roberts isn’t ready to assume that role in 2018.

Also, I have to admit, it would be pretty cool for Detroit to sign Willson, who grew up in Ontario as a huge Lions fan. It’s always nice to have a player on the roster that is happy to be there. And according to an Instagram comment from Golden Tate, this could be happening soon.

Your turn.

Poll

Which TE should the Lions sign in free agency?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Brent Celek
    (40 votes)
  • 86%
    Luke Willson
    (942 votes)
  • 0%
    Logan Paulsen
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    Levine Toilolo
    (37 votes)
  • 5%
    Other
    (65 votes)
1089 votes total Vote Now