The Detroit Lions have had a tough go during their entire existence. As a team typically fighting from the bottom, the Lions front office has been forced to look forward. This means cutting ties with players when it may seem to be a little too soon, but it actually helps the team down the road.
With this in mind, the Lions should look to trade running back Kerryon Johnson while they still can.
The Lions used a second round draft pick this offseason to select running back D'Andre Swift out of Georgia. While the Lions have indicated they will use a two-running back approach this season, Swift was regarded as the top running back in the draft by many, and is expected to be the starter in Detroit's backfield, which could point to the Lions looking to move Johnson sooner rather than later.
In his rookie season, Johnson was the spark that Detroit's backfield had been missing for years. He averaged 5.4 yards per attempt, running for 641 yards in 10 games. The issue was injuries shortening his season, which happened again in 2019, when he missed half of the season.
Assuming Johnson enters training camp healthy, should the Lions look to get some return for the talented runner before he gets hurt again? It's a possibility. Set to become a free agent in 2022, interested suitors would gain a talented runner for more than one season, which increases his value.
Even if it's a mid-to-late draft pick, getting anything would be better than him getting hurt again or walking when he becomes a free agent.
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