Lions galaxy brain trade No. 3: Buy low on Khalil Mack
In 2022, the Lions’ defense gave up 25.1 points per game, which was tied for the third-most in the NFL. If they want to be contenders, they need to get better on the defensive side of the ball.
Mack is a logical trade candidate. Moving him would save $18.4 million in cap space. Last offseason, the Chargers traded a second-round pick and a sixth-round pick for Mack. A year later, his value is slightly lower. So, a third-round pick seems like fair value.
From the Lion’s perspective, they would get Mack at a reduced price. Since the Chargers would absorb some of Mack’s cap hit, he would only carry a $22.9 million cap hit in Detroit. In a vacuum, that still seems high, but it would actually rank 11th among NFL edge rushers.
At age 32, Mack is still a force to be reckoned with. Last season, he recorded eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Mack and Aidan Hutchinson would form a fearsome pass rushing duo.
This move would immediately improve the Lions’ playoff odds without sacrificing a significant amount of their draft capital.