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Mailbag: Should the Detroit Lions consider trading for N’Keal Harry

The former Patriot wants out. Do the LIons make sense for a landing spot?

NFL: New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Any time a familiar name is thrown on the trading block—or in this case, a player asks to be traded—the fans of 31 other fan bases get themselves in a tizzy over potentially adding that player to their team.

This week’s case is New England Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry. The former first-round pick has fizzled out in Foxborough, and just two years after being drafted he wants out. His agent, Jamaal Tooson, released a public statement formally asking for a trade in the next month.

“Through two seasons, he has 86 targets, which obviously hasn’t met the expectations the Patriots and N’Keal had when they drafted a dominant downfield threat who was virtually unstoppable at the point of attack in college,” Tooson wrote. “Following numerous conversations with the Patriots, I believe it’s time for a fresh start and best for both parties if N’Keal moves on before the start of training camp. That is why I have informed the Patriots today I am formally requesting a trade on behalf of my client.”

Understandably, many Detroit Lions fans have grown enamored with the idea of adding Harry. He’s undoubtedly talented as a former first-round pick, the Lions’ current set of wide receivers is considered among the league’s worst, and Harry is a young (23 years old), cheap ($1.4 million, $1.9 million salaries the next two years) option. Also, after coming off of two disappointing years, he could possibly have that chip-on-his-shoulder mentality that the Lions appear to be coveting.

So this week on our mailbag podcast, we discuss the possibility of trading for Harry. Other topics include what we’ve learned about Dan Campbell so four, our level of faith that Jared Goff can turn his career around in Detroit, and who could be traded if the Lions’ season goes south in a hurry.

You can catch the conversation below or on any podcast platforms that carry our show, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or iHeartRadio.

If you want to join our live Q&A next week, be sure to download the Spotify Greenroom app, and follow @PrideOfDetroit. We typically record around 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday morning.

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