REPORT: Lions discussing trade immediately after 0-2 start
The Detroit Lions are off to a bad start this 2021, and it appears the team wants to make a change as early as now to stop the losing and avoid another disappointing season.
Dan Campbell and Co. are now 0-2 on the season after losing to the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. While it’s easy to say that they were up against stronger teams, it doesn’t bode well for their aspirations to improve from their 5-11 record in 2020 and hopefully make the playoffs this year.
The team is now reportedly exploring their trade options for linebacker Jamie Collins. As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted, the Lions are looking to go young in the position and could part ways with the one-time Pro Bowler should they find a suitable offer.
The Lions have already fielded calls, and the team actually held him out during Wednesday’s practice, which is an indication there are already discussions and a deal could happen soon.
The #Lions are exploring trade options involving LB Jamie Collins, sources say. They have fielded calls. Detroit is going young there, which means Collins may be on his way out if there is a match.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2021
Without Jamie Collins, the Lions are expected to lean on and give more opportunity to Rookie LB Derrick Barnes. Alex Anzalone could also get more opportunity, especially after Campbell praised his performance during Monday’s loss to the Packers.
“Jamie is a big linebacker, he’s a very athletic linebacker. The way he moves is a little bit different,” Campbell said, per SB Nation. “Now does he move with the same effort or have the same effort as Alex? No, I don’t (think so). I think Alex just plays at a high level all the time. That’s him. That’s how it goes.”
It remains to be seen what the Lions end up doing, but it sure looks like changes are about to be made–both on the rotation and the roster.