The Detroit Lions don’t have very many good players, as evidenced by their 2-27 record over the last two seasons. But they do have one very good player, wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
They don’t plan to trade him.
It might seem obvious that the Lions wouldn’t trade Johnson, but it was discussed enough in Detroit this week that every newspaper that covers the Lions had a story today about the Lions’ coaches shooting the idea down.
Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan called the idea “completely insane,” and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said what he would ask for in a trade for Johnson is more than any team would possibly give up.
“We’re in the process of trying to acquire good players, not let good players leave,” Schwartz said. “I think that if we’ve learned anything from history, it’s to value talent and not to discard it.”
So there you have it: Although the Lions made some completely insane moves to build their current roster, they don’t plan to make another completely insane move and get rid of the best player they have.