““A lot of these names that you might see pop up, they look good in the media, and they are names, but that’s often – it’s not reality,” Holmes said. “Those same names that you see pop up, when you start getting into conversation, it just doesn’t work out for the best for us.”
I like Brad but Im not sure I buy that with what teams gave up for Young and Sweat.
Interesting take. I like Brad a lot as well. But that seems like a way to rationalize ones decision. Hell, the Rams don’t win the Superbowl arguably without the mid season trades of Von Miller and OBJ. Maybe the Lions aren’t ready to go all out just yet. But teams have been getting better in trades for years. McCaffery to the Niners last year was big.
Let’s face it. It’s the other NFC teams chasing the Lions. They be scared. And they should be. The Lions are just getting started and given some injury luck are a threat to be the #1 seed with their schedule.
That quote could mean so many different things. Holmes did his job and thoroughly looked into a ton of things we will never know about, and probably has other reasons besides just hanging onto draft picks.
He is not looking at this trade deadline and only this season in a vacuum, he is looking at the long term goal, where we are now and where he hopes to go. If he’s gotten us this far already and wants to continue to see his plan through, it’s probably just going to get better
And just to add, even if he wanted to resign, we also are going to need to resign Sewell, Goff, and St Brown to significant deals in the next year or two. The cap can be manipulated but I think part of the overall vision is generally rewarding your own guys first instead of an outside player. So depending on that side of things, I’d rather give significant contracts to those three guys before Sweat or Young or anyone else.
Or, maybe they know they could pick these same guys up in FA in the off season and would rather do that? Regardless, not trading for any of these guys is not the end of the world (or the season).