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Lions mum on trade deadline intentions

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Jim Caldwell

Allen Park – During his introductory press conference in January, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team would utilize all avenues of player acquisition, including trades.

Quinn has made trades for two players, sending a conditional seventh-round pick to the New England Patriots for linebacker Jon Bostic in May and swapping wide receiver Jeremy Kerley for San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Brandon Thomas in August.

Bostic is currently on injured reserve with a foot injury while Thomas is on the practice squad.

Quinn made a second deal with his former employer last week, shipping linebacker Kyle Van Noy and seventh-round pick to New England for the team’s sixth-round selection next year.

If Quinn has another move in mind to help the Lions this season, he’ll have to move quickly. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Asked if the Lions would be actively pursuing trades, coach Jim Caldwell predictably said little.

“We’ll see,” he said. “Those things are strategic and we keep those in house.”

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Despite showing signs of improvement in recent weeks, the Lions could use some added depth on defense, particularly at cornerback and linebacker.

On Monday, the Patriots made another unexpected move, shipping Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a third-round pick.

Collins is in the final year of his deal and it’s clear the Patriots had no intention of paying him a massive long-term extension. The Browns have more cap space than any team, and even if they can’t agree to a long-term deal with the young linebacker, they could franchise him this offseason.