The possibility of a fall without Lions football is becoming more and more of a reality with the news of college football on the brink of a shutdown itself for the 2020 season.
And if that shutdown were to happen, that brings us to today’s Question of the Day...
Which Lions player would have the most to lose from a lost season?
Yeah, it’s not a fun topic to think about, but considering the uphill battle the NFL will face battling this pandemic without the assurances of a bubble like the NBA or NHL, it’s something we should be prepared for as fans.
Looking at this roster, there are quite a few players who are in the last year of their deals that would be on the losing end of things with a missed season. Taylor Decker, the team’s starting left tackle for the past four seasons, is one of those players who was due for a serious payday, especially if he showed up and showed out this season. Another is Jarrad Davis, Bob Quinn’s second first-round draft pick—and maybe his biggest gaffe with one of those picks yet. Davis didn’t have his fifth-year option picked up by the team, but that hasn’t stopped the coaching staff from singing his praises, and one analyst from claiming he’ll be a “top-5 linebacker” this season after an offseason of bulking up.
While those players are faced with the end of their respective contracts, youth is on their side, and they’d likely still see second contracts that reward them handsomely for their play and their remaining upside.
But what about the players who have battled their way through injuries recently? Kerryon Johnson showed so much promise in his rookie season, only to have injuries cut both that season and his sophomore campaign short. Marvin Jones Jr. became one of the top 25 receivers in the NFL when he came to Detroit, but injuries have started to become a recurring and nagging issue for the veteran receiver.
But then there’s Matthew Stafford. One of the top five quarterbacks of 2019 until a back injury sidelined him for half of the season, Stafford’s place under center in Motown should never be in question, but if Stafford is another year longer in the tooth, and can’t put prove to put together another healthy season of football, will the team be forced to consider taking the team in a new direction?