According to reports, the Detroit Lions are still actually considering keeping under-performing tight end Brandon Pettigrew. My only idea why they would want to keep him is to see how he flourishes in the “new” offense under the brand new coaching staff. However, there are many more reasons why they need to get rid of him.
First of all, he hasn’t lived up to any measure of expectation for the Lions. He has chronically dropped passes and somehow manages to be virtually invisible on the field, despite having one of the biggest bodies at the position in the NFL. With the Lions in desperate need of a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver to step up ever since Calvin Johnson stepped onto the field, it’s remarkable that Pettigrew was unable to perform when such a massive focus was being placed on passing and on finding another option to Megatron.
Secondly, Joe Fauria looks to be a fine tight end, and in comparison with Pettigrew, will likely cost the Lions less and produce at least the same amount of success. Under the Lions’ upcoming New Orleans Saints style offense, a faster and more athletic tight end like Fauria will be more likely to flourish than the lugging Pettigrew.
Don’t get me wrong, Pettigrew could be a great fit for some teams, and could be a solid second-stringer for other teams with established tight ends, but with the Lions in such need for receiver options, and with their pass happy offensive strategy, Pettigrew is just the wrong guy.
Also, with new salary cap space, the Lions could even go out and pick up a higher profile tight end if they wanted to do so. I think they need to give Fauria his chance, but regardless, that option is there too, and either option is better than yet another disappointing season from Pettigrew.