Detroit Lions Must Acquire Veteran Safety this Offseason

By Devin O'Barr
Detroit Lions
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The Detroit Lions have plenty of issues as the team poured in a dreadful 4-12 season in 2013. However, they are just two years removed from a playoff berth and if they added some veteran leadership they could easily make noise in the NFC North division.

In my mind, the Lions have to make a decision at safety and bring in either Ed Reed or Charles Woodson. Although both are well into their 30’s they are established, professional players who will give the Lions an extra component this year. Far too often, NFL General Managers are so caught up in speed, strength and potential that they overlook the players that make the big plays time after time.

Reed is fresh off of a Super Bowl victory with the Baltimore Ravens, where he has spent the last decade and was voted to eight different Pro Bowls. Three out of the past eleven years Reed has lead the league in interceptions and none of us will forget the historic pick he had on Colin Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII. Known as “Ball-Hawking Ed Reed,” this is the type of guy that the Lions need to have circled when they enter the free agency process this March.

The other option is of course the battle-tested Woodson who is 37-years-old and was released by the Green Bay Packers earlier this month. Woodson began as a corner back, however as his skills deteriated Dom Capers moved him to safety where he excelled in limited time. The most intriguing part of Woodson’s game is that he is versatile enough to play in both cornerback and safety packages.

Obviously these two have some similarities and differences, but both can give the Lions something they desperately need in leadership.

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