Earlier this season, Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure said he’d ‘welcome’ a trade, but no move was made.
Now he’s reiterated his desire to leave Motown, assuming head coach Jim Schwartz and his coaching staff are retained.
“I just want to be somewhere they’re going to feed me the rock and I can go eat, man,” Leshoure said. “That’s it. They could be the worst team in the NFL…. Just give me the rock. I feel like I just need the ball. Even here, we don’t really run the ball here.”
Leshoure is a talented back who would have no problem finding a role on a team moving forward if he was to depart. However, the former Illinois product still has one-year remaining on his rookie contract and can’t leave via free agency.
The 23-year-old simply hasn’t worked in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan’s offense and there’s no reason to believe that will change if the current regime is retained. Of course, Schwartz, Linehan and company returning are as up in the air as Leshoure’s future in Detroit.
The scenario should play itself out in the coming weeks.