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Tuesday open thread: Should the Detroit Lions pursue Gerald McCoy?

The Lions could get the other defensive tackle crown of the 2010 draft.

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On Monday night, the Buccaneers made official what had been rumored for months. Former first-round pick Gerald McCoy is parting ways with the Bucs, making him an official free agent on Tuesday.

Oddly enough, that makes the top two defensive tackles in the 2010 NFL Draft available at this point in the offseason, as Ndamukong Suh is still hanging around unsigned. And it’s not like either are considered busts. Both have been named first-team All Pro three different times in their careers.

While we have already offered our opinion on Ndamukong Suh, let’s consider McCoy. Today’s Question of the Day is:

Should the Detroit Lions try to pursue Gerald McCoy?

My answer: They should certainly at least make a call or two. The Lions have more than enough cap space to give McCoy a one or two-year deal, and you can never have too much talent on the defensive front.

Detroit has a pretty solid starting lineup on the defensive line, but they don’t exactly have a consistent pass rusher from the interior. They’re hoping that’s what Da’Shawn Hand develops into, but McCoy could potentially come in right away and make an impact. He’s had six straight seasons with at least 6.0 sacks and has graded fairly consistently with Pro Football Focus:

And just in case you didn’t think he’d be a scheme or personality fit with Matt Patricia, the New England Patriots have already reportedly expressed interest in McCoy.

It’s not a huge need for the Lions to fill, but there’s nothing wrong with making a strength even stronger.

Your turn.


Should the Lions try to sign Gerald McCoy?

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