49ers trade partner No. 2: Detroit Lions
It might seem like a cruel trick by San Francisco to trade Dre Greenlaw away from a Super Bowl contender and to a purely rebuilding team, the Detroit Lions, that was on the cusp of securing the No. 1 overall pick last season.
Yet Lions head coach Dan Campbell turned plenty of heads for the right reasons last year, has a smart staff surrounding him and got his players to buy into the rebuild, playing exceptionally hard for him the entire way.
What Detroit needs is some youthful experience, particularly from someone who has been in the postseason twice now. And it wouldn’t hurt to merely upgrade positions of need.
The Lions have a lot of those, too.
Detroit isn’t hurting for cap space, of course, and it could spend a good chunk of that money on pass-rushers. It needs them, particularly after the release of veteran EDGE Trey Flowers.
If the Lions splurge there, they can still offer up modest draft capital in exchange to the 49ers for Greenlaw, who’d be a quality addition to a second level of defense that’ll hopefully be on the upswing over the next couple of years.