I think it’s well known the Lions seem content on letting GG go via FA. Most (including myself) believe that BQ is wanting a cheaper option at OG. This had me doing some deep thought (which is never a good thing).
The following thoughts ran through my head.
Why would BQ pay a guy like TJ Lang top money but not be willing to resign his own home grown OG? A versatile player with fairly good blocking grades? Hmmmm…
We’ve watched the Lions groom out vocal players in Tate and Diggs. They’ve even attempted to trade another vocal player in Slay. I haven’t heard any rumors about GG being outspoken or not buying in but it’s plausible. Could that be the reason?
Not to mention with all the bad publicity the Lions have gotten in the press from former players you’d think they’d want to try hard to resign their own… Wouldn’t you?
After stewing on those thoughts suddenly it made some sense.
What if … it’s not about the money. What if it has nothing to do with GG in the locker room or what he has or hasn’t accomplished. What if the Lions have someone else in their sights? Someone they feel will bring more to the table for near identical money.
Insert NE OG Joe Thuney - We all know that MP and BQ just can’t sign enough former NE players. They are trying to implement a locker room culture and their plan seems to be to sign as many players as they can that they know will buy in. Players they trust to implement the coaches vision and locker room culture. Former NE players.
Joe Thuney suddenly makes a ton of sense. Both GG and Joe Thuney are hitting FA. Both are expected to bring around 9-10 mil a year. NE will have a difficult time resigning Thuney because they paid Shaq Mason a big contract in 2018 and it maybe hard to pony up that much for a second OG. Not to mention Thuney is an upgrade over GG. He won an amazing 97% of his blocking matchups last season which ranked him second only to Marshall Yanda. He was instrumental in helping NE shut AAron Donald down.
Is it possible the media and Lions fans maybe looking at this all wrong and that GG is hitting FA only because the Lions know they can land Thuney? They plan on being the high bidder for his services?
Something to think about … let it sink in a minute and then let’s hear your thoughts.