Saturday, March 8, 2014
Lions Mailbag: Here comes free agency
By Michael Rothstein
A lot of great questions this week, so let's get right to it.
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Jason from email asks: I am only asking this because I just read your article and I am deploying soon so I may not get to follow how it all plays out. Do you think with the new Lions coaches being in place, they will keep Kellen Moore on the roster? I know he was brought in by (Jim) Schwartz right after the draft. I am a huge Boise State Broncos fan and I have had the fortune of meeting Kellen a few times and I think he could be a Drew Brees type QB if given the chance. I think he is also a great backup to Stafford and a valuable asset on the other end of that helmet mic calling in calls for Matt. What are your thoughts on him being on ours or any other team's roster in the future? #WENEEDMOOREKELLEN
Creative hashtag at the end and before I answer, thank you for your service to our nation. Much appreciated. Now to your question -- I think there's a chance, but I'm not sold on Moore. He won big in college, is a smart player and a high character guy. But I just don't know if a coach like Jim Caldwell, who lost his job in Indianapolis in large part because Peyton Manning had no serviceable backup, will take a chance on Moore being the backup to Stafford. If the team chose to keep three quarterbacks, maybe they stick with Moore for one more season, but unless he shows the Lions coaches something unexpected, I don't know how long he'll be around. His arm strength is not great and he has yet to play in a regular-season NFL game. I just don't see it happening.
Craig from Murrieta, Calif. asks: Should the Lions try (since the Saints can match the offer) and give up two first-round picks for Jimmy Graham after the Saints put the franchise tag on him instead of signing Pettigrew? Calvin Johnson, Graham and company on the same team would be unstoppable.
In a word, no. Other than franchise quarterbacks and a Hall of Fame star at another position, first round draft picks are the most valuable thing teams can possess during a season. Considering the average NFL career and the amount of injuries in the NFL (not long and very high), being able to replenish talent with talent is one of the most important things a team can do. Giving up two first round draft picks for a tight end -- even one like Graham -- would be a poor, poor decision. On the plus side for me, it would give plenty of column fodder, but it would be a terrible decision for Detroit. Even more so with guys like Eric Ebron, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Troy Niklas in the draft.