Twentyman: Mayhew wouldn’t be doing his job if he wasn’t calling around regarding a RB

Posted by ttwentyman on August 28, 2012 – 4:58 pm

I preface this blog by first saying I have no knowledge of – and have not been told by anyone within the Lions organization – that general manager Martin Mayhew has been putting feelers out to teams regarding a possible trade for a running back.

Jason La Canfora of CSBSports.com, however, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Mayhew is actively trying to acquire another running back.

That being said, Mayhew should be making a few phone calls around the league to at least explore the possibility of getting additional help at the position, given the current state of the his running back corps.

  • The Lions placed running back Jahvid Best on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, which will prevent him from playing in least the first six weeks of the regular season.
  • Second-year running back Mikel Leshoure is facing a two-week suspension to start the regular season for two separate marijuana possession charges this offseason.
  • Running backs Kevin Smith and Stefan Logan are currently nursing ankle injuries.

If I were Mayhew, I’d certainly be making a few calls.

Don’t forget Mayhew tried to address the depth at running back last season when he faced a similar injury and depth problem last year after Best suffered his second concussion of the season and went on injured reserve soon after. Mayhew tried to trade for Ronnie Brown but that trade fell through, remember, when it was discovered Jerome Harrison, who the Lions were sending to Philadelphia in exchange for Brown, had a brain tumor.

There are a number of players who’ve been rumored to potentially be on the market over the last month, a list that includes Knowshon Moreno, Brandon Jackson, Leon Washington, Chris Ivory and Maurice Jones-Drew. The Lions have not commented publicly on any desire to trade or any player under contract with another team.

Now, before Lions fans get all excited about the last names on the above list, know that’s it’s highly unlikely the Jaguars would trade the NFL’s leading rusher from last year, and – if they did – he’d be too expensive to acquire for my liking.

I still believe the Lions have their answer at running back in Leshoure, but they won’t have him the first two weeks of the season and you can never have too much depth at any one position.

Mayhew could also choose to wait until final cuts on Friday to add a player to the roster.

Moral of the story is that if, in fact, Mayhew is making a few calls to see what’s out there, it is him simply being a diligent general manager and doing his job given the team’s current state at running back.


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31 Responses to “Twentyman: Mayhew wouldn’t be doing his job if he wasn’t calling around regarding a RB”

  1. By Lynn C on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    I think Best might be one they have to cut loose. There’s too much risk& the Lions can’t afford to take that given their RBs are not that spectacular. My concern is also wth the Linebackers. Watched the game at Oakland and saw NO improvement in their ability to contain RBs. They got around the edge time after time. That coupled with their own rb problem seems like 2 issues that need to be addressed immediately. Wouldn’t running a four four defense help their problem? Hopefully these will get better. Got my tickets for Seattle game in Oct. Would make the drive to and from IN better!!! It will be nice when they finally hold opponents on third and long too.

  2. By Jeremy Litka on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t be scaed to trade for a good one. MJD

  3. By Dan on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Go get Bryce Brown, Detroit. He can run and catch balls out of the backfield, he is fun to watch.

  4. By Jay1978fan on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Besides Stafford and Megatron, player for player trade to bring in MJD? Playaction would be unstoppable! What do other Lion fans think?

  5. By steve on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    send them avil and a late pick for mjd

  6. By StaticDean on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Ivory Might be a good pick up but I don’t think the Lions are going to be able to get him! Don’t think the Lions and Saints play well together. Besides there is talk of a few good names getting cut! I would rather them go after a power back and make him make the team then trade for anyone other then Jones Drew! That I would go for! We played all year last year without a running back! If Leshoure is the real deal-hard to tell from is first game lol but if they have that much confidence in him We should be ok until week 3! If He does well and we get Best back as a complimentary to Him around week 6, We’ll be ok till then! We still have two back ups! Not sure why they cut Green!

  7. By redwingliger on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    MJD is not coming to Detroit, so get that thought out of your head. He is holding out on a contract that he currently has in hopes of getting a large, long-term deal. The Lions have salary-cap issues as it is, and that fact alone would prevent them from acquiring MJD. People need to pay attention to the Lions financial situation before they start yapping about top-tier players that the Lions simply can’t afford. Sure we could trade CJ for MJD, clears some salary-cap space and then sign MJD to a long-term contract, but who in their right mind would want to do that? The Lions had a few shots at getting a running back in the draft, but like idiots they threw all of their eggs in one basket, (thinking Best would be cleared) that came back to bite them in the behind. Leshoure did look like a punishing back in his five carries and one reception last Saturday, but he’s a casualty waiting to happen if he continues slamming his body into NFL sized players. He needs to run to daylight more and not think that he can blow up players like he was able to in high school, and college because that isn’t going to happen anymore.

  8. By lionsrulenfl on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Not completely sold on leshoure tim,he has lots of proving to do and we are in desperate need of a RB.Moreno would be a nice fit,reuniting him with stafford.If we have an oppertunity to get a prime time running back i think we need to do it.Since Barry left its been a train wreck back there and now its time to compliment stafford and calvin with an awesome run game! Lets get Jones Drew and sign him to the money they were gonna give cliff and let cliff go after the season is over and let willie young take over. I love the Lions and wanna see them succeed so bad so lets get a deal done for a prime time RB and make our playoff run once again.

  9. By Matt on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    MJD would be to expensive, and he’s getting to that age where a RB starts to break down. I’ll pass on that. One RB I would look into would be CJ Spiller, He’s suppose to have the same type of skill set as Best and maybe a change of scenery would help him.

  10. By medic one on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    I think Anthony Dixon out of SF is an option. The SF GM and OC are both in the media pumping up Anthony Dixon. He has NFL experience with little cost. Can the two team put aside personal differences to make a deal work? That’s yet to be seen.

  11. By steiner33 on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hey why not give a home town boy a shot Chester Taylor? I know hes been in the league 10 years but low miles on them legs!!

  12. By Golfer John on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    Not that the Lions shouldn’t be concerned about the running back situation, but what’s up with the d-backs. That is where they are really hurting. The way I see it’; we will have to score 30+ points a game just to be in the game. With the d-backs we currently have and the injuries this team faces, we are going to give up 30+ points per game at least. So I would rather see the management put their money in this area instead and trust our offense to do what they did last year. Score a bunch of points!!

  13. By derick cleveland on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    lol, I love you fans first you tell the truth about a situation then you start dreaming, look: the only way we are going to get a quality rb is through the draft we have a good one already in Leshoure what we need is asuitable back- up. I am not so much worried that we might not already have that person as i am more concern about our run blocking. No matter who you put out there they have to get blocks. Leshoure when he got the ball he was immeadiatly meet by the defense just getting back to the line of scrimmage was a chore. Now the first two weeks is why i say find additional support because of Leshoure’s bonehead mistakes places him off the field. If we can make a deal that does not take any of our prime -time up and coming players okay but I rather wait til teams cut someone we need a back-up not a starter.

  14. By lionheart on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    no need to start jumping over board yet,wait till final cuts.

  15. By Frank Burgett on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    I wasn’t going to add comment due to the fact that surely an avid die hard lions fan would have undoubtedly pin pointed this most glaringly obvious crisis with are RB situation. But nothing here, Radio? notta. I’m sure ESPN and FOX would have absolutely shredded LeShore, Smith and all the other RB’s for their lack luster performance against “The Raiders” except for the truth that ESPN and FOX never mention any team but the NY Jets and peyton Manning! (Broncos)

    Just like everyone else!

    It doesn’t matter who will be carrying the football, MJD, Knowshon Moreno, Brandon Jackson, Leon Washington, Chris Ivory, Jahvid Best, Kevin Smith, Martin Mayhew, Mikel Leshoure, Stefan Logan. If there is no where to run there is no where to run. I like all of our couches and I absolutely believe we are in capable hands with our football team, and they will eventually get the right guys in the right spots with the right skillsets to make holes on a consistent basis. until then unless we’re playing the carolina panthers of 2011 every game, your not going to get to witness what all the lions coaching staff already knows !!!!!

    The Running Backs Are Not The Problem !!!!!!!

  16. By Jeff B on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    I still say L.T. (Tomlinson) would be the perfect addition. He’s still in football shape, and would be the perfect fit with his run and pass catching abilities. After him, please do not pick up some injury plagued guy as we have too many of them on the team already. Whatever happens, the Lions will do the right thing for the team.

  17. By Woody Douglas on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    LIONS should wait a few days roster cut5 coming, N.O. WILL CUT couple of RBs, Skins are ioaded with RBs, will cut, we are not the team that nobody want to come to anymore. We are a up and coming power house,players want to be here. a few good running backs will be likely be looking for a job.

  18. By Woody Douglas on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    offensive line need to get tougher when we run the ball,there are no more superman backs (BARRY) need some wholes to run through and not have a man in your face as soon you receive the hand off. LETS GET TOUGH IN THE TRENCHES.

  19. By jeremy on Aug 28, 2012 | Reply

    As it has ben stated we do have cap issues but there are people we could do without that could clear up some space. Its no suprise if avril goes elsewhere next y year, he wants alot of money when we have young who has looked golden so far. Also if you cut best, and smith there’s more space. Then you have leshoure and whoever we can pick up. So if we can make a trade for avril and one of our backs we can have the space and still spend some on a big time b back. Just my thoughts on the situation.

  20. By megastaff1975 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    would love to see them trade for MJD. i know alot of people are saying it cant happen cause of the salary cap. well it can actually happen if we offer Avril and a pick we can get MJD. MJD stated that he is open to trades if he can get the contract he wants. well with what we r paying Avril for this year we can make that happen. the lions will be super bowl bound if they do get him

  21. By megastaff1975 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    get MJD!!!!! the lions will be superbowl bound if they can get MJD. offer Avril and a pick or 2.

  22. By Kyle Brooks on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    Moreno would be a sick pick up if he can stay healthy, he had one off the field issue but if you watch what he can do on tape he’d be a bargain at what they could get for him.

  23. By Kenn Morris on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    I’d have been looking long before now, haven’t had a running game since Barry Sanders. And by the way a few holes being opened by the offensive line might help what we have get into the secondary.

  24. By rockbo1955 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    I dont beleive’ its all the Oline fault for poor running i dont no if they our restricting the runners to stick to the play our they running to daylight! but i do believe we our going to sign a ton of players before the cut down and if a trade that will help us in any way like rb,db and why we let green go he was the best looking back out there and would of been good trade for a better player! I hope it all works out in two weeks!GO LIONS

  25. By paulie2151 on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    We havent had a running back since Barry Just like the Dolphins havent had a quarterback since Marino

  26. By Travis on Aug 29, 2012 | Reply

    ALFRED MORRIS!!! Wait until Friday, he might get cut. Didn’t play at all in the final preseason game. Look up his runs on YouTube (the NFL ones).

    P.S. He’s built like Barry.

  27. By Jeff Warner on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Am I the only person who thinks cutting Stephfon Green was a mistake? This guy had a great preseason performance and has a lot of potential, not to mention he is extremely fast. The 79-yard run against the Ravens and 80-yard kick return against the Raiders were impressive.

  28. By Cory on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil Bell is the best option, FA on the cheap no loss of draft picks and hes a beast someone just needs to give him a shot. Go look at his stats from the last three games from last season when he took over for Forte.

  29. By Krayzeeman on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    How about calling around to like the saints and pick up Perrie Thomas probley get him for a 4th round pick or later. Sounds like a good option to me.

  30. By jason jacobs on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    im really not convinced that lashoure will b all he is billed. there are always a ton of guys who hav potential and then flop. I believe that if we had a decent running back that teams would be aware of, it would open up alot for the passing game wich is really where we are gonna win or lose games. a big name isnt necassary because someone we havent heard of emerges every year to be the new great running back. i really hope we find someone productive this year even a 8- yarda game guy would be wonderful with the passing game set to explode with the talent we have. The lions are close and with a few breaks and healthy season overall we may go FAR !!! Mayhew has done a great job so far and i trust him to do the right things to keep us moving forward towards….yep, a superbowl soon !!

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