Now that the Detroit Lions are clearly moving in a different direction after firing head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, it is time to explore who should remain on the roster and who Detroit should consider moving on from.
A new regime could end up drastically modifying both of Detroit's offensive and defensive schemes; thus, rendering certain players expendable.
Here are four players Detroit should considering trading following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL season.
1.) Linebacker Jamie Collins
A veteran presence on Detroit's defense, Collins has played well at times against the rush.
If a team is looking for a 3-4 linebacker that has versatility, Collins may be a player to target after the season.
2.) Quarterback Matthew Stafford
Speculation continues to run rampant that these final five games may be Stafford's last as the signal-caller in Motown.
"Honestly, we don’t get involved in that stuff," quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said during his media session on Tuesday. "You can’t. Obviously, I have a very, very high opinion of Matthew Stafford and his ability to play quarterback. And right now, it’s for the Detroit Lions, and that’s really all I know. I don’t make much of the talk, to be honest with you. It’s nothing that I need to get involved in or want to be a part of. So, I just stay away from it."
If Detroit can secure a solid Day 2 draft pick and a proven player, there may be serious consideration from the next general manager to move on from the former No. 1 overall draft pick.
3.) Running back Kerryon Johnson
Despite being relegated to a blocking role on third down, Johnson has remained a model teammate.
But, second-round draft picks don't typically want to remain role players for a rebuilding football team.
While Johnson's trade value is relatively low, this may be a circumstance in which both parties benefit from moving on, as the backfield now belongs to D'Andre Swift.
4.) DT John Penisini
According to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News, "John Penisini or Danny Shelton also are in that conversation, particularly the former because he's cheap and under contractual control for three seasons. The sixth-round draft pick has been a pleasant surprise during his rookie season, but might be a bad scheme fit if the next coach wants to run an attacking front."
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