The Detroit Lions have sent away one of their biggest leaders on defense. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Lions have traded away safety Quandre Diggs and a seventh-round pick for a 2020 fifth-round pick in return.
This is nothing short but shocking considering the leadership that Diggs provided not only the secondary but the entire defense. His play hadn’t shown any signs of dropping and the Lions inked him to a three-year extension just one year ago.
Though the Lions do have some depth at the position after drafting third-round safeties in back-to-back years, Diggs is still just 26 years old and to get so little in return for such a prime leader in the locker room seems like a tough move for Detroit.
Darius Slay has already expressed his displeasure on Twitter:
At this point, after the placement of Kerryon Johnson to injured reserve, the Lions have two empty spots on their 53-man roster.
Edit: Jamal Agnew has also tweeted what appears to be a reaction.
Nooooooooooooooooo— Mal (@jamalagnew) October 22, 2019