3 Best Offseason Moves From the Detroit Lions

Zach Brunner
Three best offseason moves from the Lions.
Three best offseason moves from the Lions. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
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Playing in a tough NFC North, the Detroit Lions are forced to make moves in the offseason to simply remain relevant in the division. Of course, it has been tough sledding for Detroit in recent seasons, getting in their own way no matter how the team looks on paper.

They, again, have made some key moves this season in hopes to take steps forward. These are the three best offseason moves from the Lions so far.

3. Signing Jamie Collins Sr.

Jamie Collins is reunited with Matt Patricia in Detroit.
Jamie Collins is reunited with Matt Patricia in Detroit. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Jamie Collins has thrived during his two stints in New England, but it remains to be seen if he can play just as well elsewhere. If anyone has a chance to bring this out of him, it's likely his former defensive coach Matt Patricia. Collins is a versatile linebacker that is capable of both dropping into coverage and getting after the quarterback. His veteran presence and versatility could prove to be huge on this Lions defense.

2. Signing Desmond Trufant

Long-time Falcon Desmond Trufant signs with the Lions.
Long-time Falcon Desmond Trufant signs with the Lions. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Lions were able to sign long-time Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, which became a much bigger deal after trading away a disgruntled Darius Slay. While Trufant is not quite as talented as Slay, he is still a solid starter, totaling a career-high four interceptions last season and bouncing back from a poor 2018 campaign.

1. Signing Halapoulivaati Vaitai

Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a versatile lineman signing.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a versatile lineman signing. / Al Pereira/Getty Images

The Detroit offensive line has been up and down over the years, but the signing of Halapoulivaati Vaitai feels like a much bigger deal than analysts are giving them credit for. Vaitai is a terrific run blocker who is only 26 years old, giving them a stable force in the ground game for years to come. Most importantly, he has the ability to play both guard and tackle, and this versatility cannot be overstated for an offensive line that needs more help and lacks depth.


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