The Detroit Lions didn’t make a move on trade deadline day. In fact, there was only one trade done by the entire league on Tuesday, and it was for a guy currently on the injured reserve list. Not exactly the kind of exciting trade deadline day that we had grown accustomed to over the past couple seasons.
However, one report suggests the Lions were at least active in some talks with other teams, and for a mildly surprising player. According to Broncos beat writer Mike Klis of 9News, the Lions were the only team to give Denver an offer for veteran cornerback Chris Harris Jr.
Lions were only team that made offer for Chris Harris Jr. Their offer was not as good as 3rd-round pick. Eagles expressed interest in Harris but never got to point of making an offer. By keeping him, Broncos figure to get 3rd compensatory draft pick for Harris in 2021. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 29, 2019
Harris is a four-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All Pro, and a Super Bowl champ, but his play has taken a dip as of late and he’s on the wrong side of 30.
So why were the Lions interested? Well, we’ll likely never know—and the fact that they weren’t willing to ship a third-round pick suggests their interest was only mild—but you can’t help but think this may have been a contingency plan in case Detroit ended up shipping Darius Slay at the deadline.
Either way, it’s an interesting blip in an otherwise disappointingly boring day.