Report: Lions seeking help at secondary through trade

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

The Lions looked through the dozens of players cut around the NFL, but with no clear upgrades available at defensive back, they’ve turned to the possibility of a trade, according to a report.

CBS Sports reported Tuesday night the Lions are “making calls” with hopes of bolstering what is perceived to be the most deficient unit on the roster.

At cornerback, the Lions are confident with second-year Darius Slay and veteran Rashean Mathis as starters and third-year Bill Bentley in the slot. But the depth at the position remains a question as Cassius Vaughn, Chris Greenwood and fourth-round pick Nevin Lawson haven’t proven to be starter-level players in the pre-season.

Meanwhile, the Lions took a blow at safety depth when they put DeJon Gomes on injured reserve (neck) Monday. Behind starters Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo, the Lions have Don Carey, who’s dealing with a hamstring injury, Isa Abdul-Quddus and undrafted rookie Jerome Couplin.

Depth at cornerback and safety has been a problem for the Lions in recent years, and they don’t want to enter another season with that as a lingering question.

But, of course, any deal would be contingent on finding a willing trade partner, and few teams are willing to part with good defensive backs.