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Could The Lions Add This Former All-Pro Defensive Star?

The Detroit Lions have exciting expectations after finishing 9-8 and ending the season with a winning record for the first time since 2017. With hopes of a division title and playoff birth, the team will do anything to bolster its roster and prove that last season was no fluke. The team made striking moves in free agency in the draft to improve both sides of the ball.


They drafted Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs with the 12th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, signed cornerbacks Cam Sutton and Emmanual Moseley, and added offensive lineman Graham Glasgow and receiver Marvin Jones. Despite this, could they add one more defensive back to the mix? After all, this Detroit Lions defense finished near the bottom of the league including 28th in points allowed per game.

Marcus Peters Would Makes A Lot Of Sense For The Lions

Marcus Peters was a first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he quickly became a star, intercepting eight passes and recording two defensive touchdowns in his rookie season. He was named the 2015 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. which was rightly deserved.


In 2018, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, where he was a key contributor in the Rams' Super Bowl run that season, where he played all 16 games, and recorded three picks and one pick-six. In 2019, he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, where he has been there ever since. As a Raven, Peters had eight interceptions in four seasons while playing in 37 games, and missed the entire 2021 season after tearing his ACL.


In his eight-year career, Peters has 32 picks, seven defensive touchdowns, and has been a really good defensive back in the NFL.


After missing with their highly drafted cornerback Jeff Okudah, who was the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and traded earlier this year, Peters could boost the Lions defensive core, and be a solid late pickup before training camp. But could the Lions even afford Marcus Peters?

Of course, they can! Marcus Peters is expected to ask for six million per year, and that would be a good price for the Lions, who have over $22 million in cap space left. The Lions could sign him for a one-year prove-it deal, and give him a shot to prove himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

 

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