Veteran linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. is not long for Detroit. Here are three potential trade partners the Detroit Lions should consider phoning in hopes of striking a deal.
After Detroit’s Week Two’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, head coach Dan Campbell confirmed that the organization would be looking to go with a youth movement at the linebacker position after Collins appeared uninterested during the second half of Monday night’s matchup.
The Detroit Lions traded up in the 2021 NFL Draft to secure the services of linebacker Derrick Barnes. Yet, the rookie sideline-to-sideline backer failed to see a single defensive snap against the Packers.
This after Barnes only played five defensive snaps in Week One’s loss to the 49ers. Over the first two weeks, the Lions have not given Barnes a fair opportunity to contribute, but things are about to change starting this Sunday in Detroit’s Week Three matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Detroit Lions should consider trading Jamie Collins Sr. to the Tennessee Titans.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel excelled as a player for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
The three primary linebackers for the Titans are off to a dreadful start in 2021. According to Pro Football Focus, Rashaan Evans ranks 74th out of 85, Jayon Brown comes in at 69, and David Long is the 40th ranked linebacker through the season’s first two weeks.
Evans has earned an atrocious 41.1 mark; Brown is at 44.3, and Long comes in at 59.5.
The Titans have allowed a whopping 34 points per game early in ’21, tied for third-worst just ahead of the Lions and Falcons.
The Titans have a golden opportunity to win the AFC South with Colts starting quarterback Carson Wentz nursing an injury to each ankle while both the Texans and Jaguars are currently in the midst of a rebuild. Collins would help solidify the position and add depth to a struggling Titans defense.
Like Detroit’s Barnes, Titans rookie linebacker Monty Rice has only appeared in five defensive snaps in 2021; if the Titans linebackers continue to struggle, Rice may see a more prominent role.