With Joe Lombardi bringing the Saints’ offense to Detroit, a three-headed tailback monster could be a real possibility — which in theory gave former second-round draft pick Mikel Leshoure a spot in the rotation with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
While the Lions may still use three tailbacks on a consistent basis, Leshoure won’t be one of them. According to multiple reports, the Lions will cut Leshoure.
Drafted in 2011, Leshoure’s rookie year ended before it began, with a torn Achilles tendon. In 2012, he started 14 games, gaining 798 yard. Last year, however, he played in only three games, getting the ball twice for nine yards.
The departure of Leshoure could be good news for Theo Riddick or George Winn, or both. They’re the next two tailbacks on the roster after Leshoure.
The move makes the team’s 2011 draft officially a disaster, given that the Lions took soon-to-be-gone defensive tackle Nick Fairley in the first round and spent another second-round selection on long-gone receiver Titus Young.
Leshoure and his non-guaranteed salary of $645,000 will now hit the waiver wire, since he doesn’t have four years of service.