Lions Trade Proposal Sends $61M Safety to Detroit

The Detroit Lions' secondary took a significant hit when safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson suffered a season-ending pectoral rupture, but one source feels the team could find some relief at the impending trade deadline.

According to Christian Booher of SI.com, the Lions may pursue a trade to boost their secondary, which struggled in last week's rout of the Baltimore Ravens.

He mentioned that the Lions might be able to find a trade partner with an AFC team that is projected to be sellers at the approaching deadline.

According to Booher, the Lions could find a willing trade partner in the Denver Broncos, who are rumoured to be in the midst of a rebuild and eager to move players in return for draught picks. 

 He mentioned that safety Justin Simmons, 29, is in the final year of his $61 million contract and may be a solid addition to a Lions squad that lost experienced leadership when Gardner-Johnson was injured for the season.

"There's a lot to like about the potential fit between player and team," Booher said in a statement. 

"Simmons is a rangy free safety who has made a name for himself as a ball-hawking safety." He tied for the league lead in interceptions and totaled 69 tackles last season."

Booher pointed out that the Lions have dealt with other ailments as well, with Brian Branch losing time in addition to Gardner-Johnson.

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