The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m. ET, and unless the Detroit Lions are presented with an appealing offer, they appear poised to stand pat with the roster they have.
Coach Dan Campbell was asked about the Lions potentially being active at the deadline and he commented, “I don’t see anything right now that I can say has any legs.”
That’s not unusual for a rebuild, as the Lions have either already cast off most of their tradable pieces (Hello, Matthew Stafford) or invested in them long-term (Hello, Frank Ragnow).
But the cupboard isn’t entirely bare and there have been some speculated trades suggested by the national media. Just last week, Jeremy Reisman and I examined eight trade suggestions involving the Lions and gave our thoughts on each.
For example, would the Lions be open to trading EDGE Trey Flowers? He is coming off a game where he had his lowest snap counts on the season. Was that an indication the Lions were trying to keep him healthy and available?
What about tight end Darren Fells? He was a healthy scratch last game as the Lions preferred to go with undrafted rookie Brock Wright (in his second NFL game) as their second option at tight end.
Maybe EDGE Charles Harris? His stock has never been as high as it is right now and he is on a one-year deal. If he’s isn’t in their future plans, they may consider moving him.
“We’re open to listening to anything,” Campbell said. “But that’s where Brad (Holmes, Lions general manager) goes to work. That’s what he does, and if it’s something significant, he’ll bring it to me.”
So, the Lions are most likely fielding phone calls, but offers tend to be very low this time of year, and based on Campbell’s press conference, Tuesday will most likely be a quiet day in Allen Park.