3 galaxy-brain trades the Detroit Lions would love to make
With a promising 9-8 season coming up, here are three galactic brain deals the Detroit Lions could make to improve their roster.
The Detroit Lions have a promising young core with elite talent in key positions (Amon Ra St. Brown, Benny Sewell, Aidan Hutchinson).
Despite entering the season with low expectations, the Lions finished with an impressive 9-8 record. They finished second in the NFC North for the first time since 2017.
The Lions will go into this season with over $23 million in cap space and several first- and second-round draft picks. Here are three brain deals they could make to improve their menu.
The Brain Trade of Lions in Galaxy of Lions #1: Go It All with Lamar Jackson
QB Lamar Jackson
2023 fourth-round pick (125th overall)
2023 first round (sixth overall)
2023 First Round (Rank 18)
2025 first round
QB Jared Goff
If Jackson can’t reach a contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens, he should become the Lions’ number one target. Jackson is a once in a generation talent. In 2019, he led the league in both passing touchdowns (36) and QBR (83.0), while also breaking the single-season rushing yard record (1,206). During Jackson’s tenure, he led the Ravens to a 45-16 overall record.
At 26, he’s still in the midst of his prime. Moreover, lions can surround him with a lot of weapons in Amon-Ra St. Brown, DJ Shark, Jameson Williams, Jamal Williams and D’Andre Swift.
The Lions could deliver the Ravens’ potent trade under the sixth overall pick. The Houston Texans received three first-round picks in favor of Deshaun Watson. In this scenario, the Lions match this show and also include Jared Goff.
Including Goff in the deal would create $20.975 million in cap space, giving the Lions $44.1 million in cap space. If Jackson gets the exclusive franchise tag, his hit value is expected to be approximately $45.46 million. The Lions could then unlock an additional $7.85 million by restructuring Frank Ragno’s contract.
Meanwhile, Goff could appeal to the Ravens as a potential bridge quarterback. Last season, he was impressive, throwing for 4,438 yards, 29 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.