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The Lions Trading Jared Goff To The Colts Could Make Sense

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Jared Goff has had a hard time in Motown. The Lions rebuild continues with a lot of cap space being occupied by the former first overall pick. Hear me out – the Lions roster doesn’t have a lot of talent on it, and it never hurts to add draft capital. Moving Goff could be the key to improving the team, and the Colts may be the team to entertain the offer.

What A Deal Could Look Like

First of all, the Lions would need to restructure his contract if they want to move him. The best way to do that would to convert roughly 50% of his salary into a signing bonus. The Colts have some players that could use a fresh start. Parris Campbell comes to mind. The former second round speedster from Ohio State has been hurt most of his career. He would add some juice. Additionally, Ben Banogu is a name to watch. Banogu is a very athletic defensive end who had a strong training camp, yet has not been able to really show what he can do this season.

One more name that could be a long shot but still somewhat plausible – T.Y Hilton. Hilton was signed to a one year deal before the season began. If Hilton still wants to play, a tag and trade could be an option for the 32 year old. Amon-Ra St. Brown and TJ Hockenson are the only real reliable targets on the Lions right now. The Lions only have one second round pick. They also have zero picks in the fourth round, and three picks in the sixth round.

The Colts do not have a second round pick as of right now, but they have one fourth round pick. Trading Jared Goff, one of the sixth round picks, and one or two future pick may be enough to secure two or three of the aforementioned players. The Lions have two first round picks which could either both be spent on defense, or one on a defensive player and one on a quarterback.

Trade Comparison

This would be a similar deal to the trade that sent Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle in exchange for Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo, and a third round pick. Ideally the Colts would also send some picks back as well. This would allow the Lions to draft more players with the good amount of capital they already have.

Hilton is a short term solution while they draft and develop players such as Jameson Williams if he gets picked. Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds is not a good enough solid foundation at the receiver position. The Lions need all the help they can get everywhere. Clearing cap space and stockpiling picks can help accelerate this rebuild with a young quarterback from the draft and weapons around him. The Colts are not always heavy spenders so they have the ability to absorb some cap.

Would Jared Goff Be The Starter In Indy?

That depends on what Frank Reich wants to do. Drafting a quarterback may be an option for them if they aren’t sold on Carson Wentz. Sam Ehlinger probably doesn’t have a real chance to be an NFL starter because he came out too early. This potential storyline could be something to monitor moving forward.

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