The more I look at the roster BQ has built the more I think we’re in rebuild mode. I just don’t see anyway BQ and MP can right this ship in one year.
Case in point the Lions LBer group. The Lions LBer group has grossly underperformed and tough decisions need to be made.
Jared Davis 5th year option. The Lions have to decide to exercise his option or not soon. The cost to do so will be roughly 10 mil. Normally I’d say there’s no real downside to doing so but I just can’t see paying Davis 10 mil a year either. Personally I think it maybe time to move on.
Devon Kennard is set to make a little over 7 mil this season and will become a FA after 2020. His salary took a 1.5 mil jump this year and I feel the Lions could use that money to go after a top shelf OLB/Edge type. A guy like Bud Dupree would greatly help the Lions defense. Kennard is a slow LBer and shouldn’t be worthy of a new contract. So maybe now is the time to move on?
JRM - He is also entering the final year of his contract. Personally I like his upside and think he could potentially be worth keeping as a rotational piece. However he’s smaller than the typical MP LBer so it’s possible the Lions view him as a bad fit. He’s young and still developing. Could that mean he’s trade bait?
I think the Lions need to rebuild their slow LBer Corp and it could be time to add some fresh faces. I believe you need speed and range at LBer. If I were BQ I wouldn’t exercise the option on Davis because I wouldn’t pay him 10 mil a year. I like Davis upside, size and speed but he hasn’t shown it consistently. Tavai could be his future replacement anyway. (Personally I think Tavai was a bad draft pick due to his speed and will always be a liability)
I see the Lions needing to rebuilt their LBer and DL groups. The cornerback group isn’t far behind. Our entire defense lacks talent and has health concerns. I think it’s time to rebuild it.
Should the Lions exercise the 5th year option on Davis?
Should the Lions move on from Kennard?
Is JRM a future starter, depth or trade bait?
How would you fix the LBer problem.