Jauguars running back and 2011 NFL rushing champion Maurice Jones-Drew has been holding out in Jacksonville for mega millions this offseason and the teams new majority owner has been playing hardball in return. He's made public statements diminishing MJD's importance for the franchise, and stating that time is running out time for a deal to be struck. MJD in return has stated he would be open to a move to a team that "wants him" and I wondered what the odds are of the Lions being able to make a (hypothetic) successful trade package for him, and what players might (again hypothetically) move.
It's difficult to predict how many players Detroit will sign from it's preseason roster, but as things stand Detroit has so many offensive weapons that management was openly criticized for taking more in this years NFL draft. Jacksonville also has been suffering from a lack of offense even with MJD, finishing the 2011 season ranked 28th in ppg. As it stands we have 1st round RB Jahvid Best, high 2nd round RB Mikel Leshoure, RB Jerome Harrison, RB Kevin Smith, RB Keiland Williams, and return specialist RB Stefon Logan all with NFL experience in uniform. Detroit could make an offer even more attractive with some of our abundance of receiving depth. In addition to Megatron we currently have first choice WR Nate Burleson, high 2nd round pick WR Titus Young, WR Maurice Stovall, and 3 former Jacksonville WR's, in addition to rookie WR Ryan Broyles. Detroit also has 3 productive receiving TE's with 1st round pick Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, and Will Heller.
Detroit has at least 7 legitimate receiving threats besides the top WR in the universe, and additionally has 4 versatile pass catching RB's on our roster. Would a move for MJD be a good move for Detroit? What players would make a fair, or attractive trade for him?
I think Detroit could move a lot of it's top talent for MJD and not really miss a step offensively. We've already been playing without Best and Leshoure, and even though I'm a fan of all of our receiving threats, once we have a healthy run game established again a few of them could be redundant and fighting for playing time.