The Lions tried hard to trade for a top shelf CB and failed. Every good CB that hit the market the Lions looked hard at. So I think it’s safe to say the Lions will be buyers come free agency.
Slay - The Lions tried to trade Slay multiple times and didn’t find any takers. Slay is best in zone coverage. MP wants to play a ton of man coverage and this makes Slay an odd fit. Personally I’d resign Slay and adjust my coverage scheme to fit my players. probowl CB’s aren’t easy to come by. But that doesn’t appear to be what MP wants to do.
The Lions could be looking for two starting CB’s as a result.
Let’s look at some FA possibilities that have ties to our new DC.
Chris Harris - The Lions tried to trade for him at the deadline but failed. He is an aging veteran at 31 years old. He excels in man coverage and he won’t come cheap. He played under new DC Undlin in Den and made it to multiple probowls during that time. I suspect this will be our top target as the two try to reconnect.
Ronald Darby - He’s coming off two injury plagued seasons. Including an ACL tear in 2018. He played under new DC in Philly so we will know exactly what we’re getting here. He will likely come at a bargain price. Definitely an injury risk gamble but that hasn’t stopped BQ in the past.
Jalen Mills - Another Philly CB but this kids young. Only 26 years old. Undlin is known to play favorites and one of his favorites was Mills. However Mills has had repeated foot injuries to end his last two seasons. Could the Lions take a chance on him?
Personally I’d like to see us look at guys who have no ties to our current coaches. Players who are young and healthy like. Byron Jones, James Bradberry, Trae Wayne’s, Logan Ryan, Darquez Dennard, Brain Poole, and Kendal Fuller.