Lamar Jackson to the Lions would raise Detroit’s ceiling exponentially
The offseason might still be young, but I’ve been holding the largest mallet to bang the drum that the Lions could be the sleeper to make a move at quarterback this offseason. Yes, Detroit general manager Brad Holmes loves Jared Goff more than most of his family members (probably), but there comes a certain point where the upgrade would be too undeniable to ignore.
So much about the Lions is ready to win, enough so that this team almost made the playoffs with Goff this past season. Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson stayed in Detroit despite having heavy head coaching interest this offseason and the rest of the staff has built a winning culture. Moreover, the defense continues to improve, the offensive line is good, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams headline the receiving corps, and the running back room should be solid.
It’s a situation that might legitimately be a quarterback and more smart draft picks away from actually contending. What’s fascinating, though, is that the Lions might be the one interested team in Jackson that doesn’t have to hamstring themselves by trading two first-round picks in order to sign Lamar Jackson off of the non-exclusive tag.
The Lions could trade their own pick this year and still have a Top 10 pick thanks to the Matthew Stafford trade with the Rams. They also have an extra second-round pick this year and an extra third-round pick in 2024 thanks to the T.J. Hockenson trade. That’s more than enough to still continue building out the rest of the roster while landing a game-changing quarterback.
And make no mistake, Jackson would be the ultimate game-changer for Detroit.