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Wednesday open thread: Would you rather have Spencer Ware or Malcolm Brown?

The Lions have shown interest in two running backs. Which do you prefer?

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Tuesday night, the Detroit Lions signed Rams restricted free agent running back Malcolm Brown to an offer sheet, signaling that the team is serious—for the second year in a row—about improving their backfield. Brown is not yet a Lion, though, as the Rams have an opportunity to match their offer in the next five days. Should they do so, he’ll remain in Los Angeles. If the Rams decline, he’ll become the next Lions running back.

But he isn’t Detroit’s only option. The Lions hosted former Chiefs running back Spencer Ware on Monday, and his addition would make a lot of sense if Detroit doesn’t land Brown.

So today’s Question of the day is:

Which free agent running back would you prefer of the two: Malcolm Brown or Spencer Ware?

My answer: I don’t have a huge preference at this point, but I’m leaning towards Ware, as I think he brings a little more to the table.

Not only has Ware shown to be somewhat effective as a starter, when necessary, but he’s also a threat in the receiving game and can even run block a little bit. Brown has been a decent backup, can pass block and play special teams, but if the Lions add him, they will be hoping for some serious improvement.

At just 25 years old, Brown may have the higher ceiling, but he’s also the bigger unknown here. I’m not much of a gambler, so I that’s why I’m leaning towards the safer pick of Ware. However, if the Rams pass on Brown and he’s the Lions’ newest tailback, I’m not going to feel too bad about it.

Your turn.


Which RB would you prefer the Lions sign?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Spencer Ware
    (495 votes)
  • 57%
    Malcolm Brown
    (907 votes)
  • 11%
    (179 votes)
1581 votes total Vote Now

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