Though he has a notable history of wheeling and dealing, Detroit Lions' general manager Martin Mayhew likely didn't see any monetary or logistical fits Tuesday, leading him to an inactive day as the NFL trade deadline passed quietly in Detroit.
Many had figured the Lions had major needs at wide receiver and perhaps cornerback to warrant a move. But, as the old saying goes, it takes two to tango. The Cleveland Browns weren't close to getting what they wanted for Josh Gordon, so he remained in Cleveland. The New York Giants never sounded like they wanted to deal Hakeem Nicks and didn't, and Larry Fitzgerald along with Emmanuel Sanders simply weren't moving, either.
With respect to the defensive backfield, there were literally no impact players available. Detroit is set at safety, eliminating Jairus Byrd from the discussion, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, no matter how much of a disaster they've been, were never going to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis short of being offered a slew of draft picks or young players.
Many will be frustrated that Mayhew didn't add a lower-tier player, such as Sanders or Greg Little. While getting extra wide receiver help would have been nice from a personnel standpoint, Mayhew likely came to the realization that for the rest of 2013, the players currently on his roster could give him as much as a player like Sanders or Little could. Perhaps he even figured that Nate Burleson's return off a broken arm could serve as a move of sorts. Usually, that logic is deplorable, but in this case, there's no shame in making that decision.
For Mayhew, Tuesday's decision to remain inactive likely came down to this: there were no players available that would fit in Detroit's scheme while fitting the current budget. None of those said players would also put this particular Lions team over the hump. When that's the case, there's no sense in wasting assets that could be used for future trades. Many raked Mayhew over the coals for last season's failed deal that brought Mike Thomas to Detroit. This year, Mayhew appears to have learned from his mistake, which should bring quiet delight.
As always, expect the Lions to watch the waiver wire and remain active there the rest of the season if need be. Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, an earlier waiver find, has already done as well as Thomas did last year or Little could likely do in the final eight games of the season in the midst of learning a new system.
The Lions didn't get a shiny toy on Tuesday afternoon, but then again, neither did anyone else; that is, unless the New England Patriots' trade for defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga counts as acquiring a toy.
Simply put, there wasn't a move for the Lions that made sense in 2013. This time around, give Mayhew credit for knowing it was time to fold.
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