The Detroit Lions are working their way down to a 53-man roster and their first move of the day isn’t a cut at all, it’s a trade. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Lions are trading offensive tackle Corey Robinson to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick. Jourdan Rodrigue is reporting it’s a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick.
Robinson was in the mix for a backup tackle position this year, but fifth-round rookie Tyrell Crosby impressed in training camp, making Robinson’s spot on the roster a little more tenuous. The situation got worse for Robinson on Thursday night, when he left the preseason finale with a foot injury.
Robinson has dealt with injuries for his entire Lions career ever since they drafted him in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL draft. In three seasons, the Robinson played in 23 games and started eight.
With Robinson on the move, it could mean good news for Brian Mihalik, the former defensive lineman turned offensive tackle. If the Lions plan on keeping two reserve tackles, Mihalik is almost certainly the man for the job.