Before free agency happens, there’s occasionally a period in which teams try to trade for a player. Last year, we saw several trades agreed to in principle before the new year started, leading to a flurry of moves before free agency even began.
Even this year, it looks like that will happen. Joe Flacco is apparently already on the move to Denver. Yesterday saw Denver agreeing to trade Case Keenum to Washington. And Antonio Brown is currently Buffalo’s Schroedinger receiver. He both is and isn’t a Bill.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What player would you realistically like the Lions to try and trade for?
My answer: Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
Wouldn’t this be something? The rise of Eric Ebron could potentially make Doyle expendable in Indianapolis. The Lions’ need for a tight end is obvious, and given that free agency doesn’t offer a lot of great options, Doyle could be an out-of-the-box solution to one of Detroit’s biggest problems.
Just a year ago, Doyle caught 80 passes for 690 yards, solidifying his strength as a receiver, but don’t sleep on his blocking ability, either. Last year, PFF graded him as the fifth-best run blocker, and given Detroit’s current commitment to running the ball well, Doyle is exactly the dual-threat tight end this team will be looking for.
The question here is compensation. Doyle was the Colts’ starter last year before injury took him out of the lineup, and at just 28 years old, he is far, far from washed. There’s no reason to believe Indianapolis will be eager to part ways with Doyle, especially considering Ebron’s lack of blocking skills.
It could realistically cost the Lions upwards of a second or third-round pick, even though Doyle will be entering the final year of his contract. However, if Detroit can snag him for a fourth rounder, I say pull the trigger. At a third, I’d even consider it. This team needs a tight end that badly, and they can’t rely on a rookie from the draft to pull the position out of the dumpster.