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Lions might be open to trading RB Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah, Lions

Don’t be surprised if you see Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah donning a different set of uniform when Week 1 of the regular season arrives. According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, Abdullah is a waive/trade candidate for the team, as players across the NFL brace for the dreaded roster cuts.

The 25-year-old has been productive when healthy, but may get lost in the shuffle with LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson aboard in Detroit. Abdullah’s also going into a contract year.

It’s a good time for teams to flip excess commodities for some assets. Just this week, the New York Jets traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints for a third-round pick. The Oakland Raiders also sent wide receiver Ryan Switzer to the Pittsburgh Steelers along with a future sixth-round pick in exchange for a future fifth-round pick.

As for the Lions, it won’t hurt them to follow the same route and ship Abdullah. Their backfield is set with the rookie Johnson and the veteran Blount. They also still have Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner.

Ameer Abdullah led the Lions’ anemic ground game last season, as he rushed for 552 yards and four touchdowns. While he’s not exactly that bad, the Lions have better options to plug into their backfield than the former second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Abdullah has a year left in the four-year deal he signed with the Lions in 2015, and he stands to earn $1.32 million this 2018.