Lions Could ‘Boost’ Entire Secondary With Signing

Bowen noted that Fuller, the 29-year-old who spent the last four seasons with the Washington Commanders and is coming off a $40-million contract, would be a good fit for Detroit. He predicted that Fuller would help elevate a secondary that was still among the league’s worst despite efforts to bring in new talent in the offseason.

“The Lions allowed 247.4 passing yards per game last season, sixth most in the league,” Bowen wrote. “But bringing in a perimeter corner like Fuller could boost the whole profile of the Detroit secondary. With 16 career interceptions (10 in his past four years with Washington) and the savvy technique to play both man and zone, Fuller is a good fit for Aaron Glenn’s system.”

The Lions have valued versatility in their defensive backs, which could make Fuller a logical target. He could be expensive, however, with Sportrac predicting he will land a three-year deal for $42.3 million in free agency.

Fuller made five interceptions over the last two seasons, taking two back for touchdowns in 2022. He also made a combined 131 tackles during that time.

The Lions brought in two big-name free agents last offseason, signing cornerback Emmanuel Moseley and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, but both were hit by injuries and made little impact on the season.

Other Possible Additions for the Lions

While other insiders believe the Lions will make some moves to boost the secondary this offseason, there are a range of opinions on exactly who the team could target. Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine suggested that Detroit could make a run at cornerback Ronald Darby, noting that the veteran still has a lot to bring to the table.

Ballentine suggested that Darby could be a more affordable option given his age.

“There are some concerns that will likely depress Darby’s market. He’s 30 years old, and he’s had two ACL tears in his career,” Ballentine wrote. “But none of that seemed to hurt him this season.

“The veteran has elite speed and didn’t show signs of slowing down last season. If he stays healthy, he should outperform whatever contract he’s likely to receive based on his age and injury history.”

Fellow Bleacher Report writer David Kenyon suggested the Lions could find some help on the trade market, making a run at Denver Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II in exchange for two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder.

“If he’s not already the NFL’s best cornerback, Patrick Surtain II isn’t far removed from that label,” Kenyon wrote. “A first-team AP All-Pro selection in 2022, he’s easily the most talented player on the Denver Broncos.”