Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson's season-ending pectoral rupture hurt the Detroit Lions' secondary, but one source thinks the trade deadline could help.
After last week's blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, SI.com's Christian Booher proposed the Lions trade for a secondary upgrade.
He suggested the Lions could trade with an AFC team anticipated to sell before the deadline.
According to Booher, the Denver Broncos, who are rebuilding, may swap players for draft assets with the Lions.
He said that 29-year-old safety Justin Simmons, who is in the final year of his $61 million contract, could help a Lions club that lost Gardner-Johnson for the season.
Booher noted, “There’s a lot to like about the potential fit between player and team.” Simmons is a rangy free safety known for ball-hawking.
He tied for the league lead in interceptions and had 69 tackles last season.
Booher mentioned that Brian Branch and Gardner-Johnson are among the Lions' ailments.
He said that Kerby Joseph and Tracy Walker III have played many snaps, providing the squad two reliable backs.