Free Agency: How Hard Should Lions Chase Arden Key?

The Detroit Lions have a few questions about the pass rush, and resolving it is still a glaring off-season need.

Outstanding starter Romeo Okwara is still recovering from his Achilles injury and our last injury update in January showed he still has a lot to do. Trey Flowers has been fired and although he recently re-signed Charles Harris, he still has to prove that he is capable of building his groundbreaking 2021 season. Also, Julian Okwara is still on the verge of breaking out, but still isn’t. Austin Bryant is improving but may be approaching his developmental ceiling. And the rest of the positional group is made up of team-level players looking for an opportunity to prove themselves.

The Lions still have the NFL Draft to add more talent to this position, and are in the best place to score a potential stud in picking No. 2 overall, but that didn’t stop them from continuing their search for superior talent for a free agency.

On Monday, a free agent Arden Key visited the Lions on the first in a series of pre-scheduled team visits. He met with the Jaguars on Tuesday and the Raven on Wednesday, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. Key has planned to complete all of its visits – there may be more in the future as its full route has not been reported – and then make a decision at the end of the tour.

Despite leaving Detroit without signing a contract, Garafolo insisted the Lions “are still very committed” to signing Keya during the free agency period, which brings us to our question of the day:

How hard should the Lions chase Arden Key?

Here are the options in our poll:

Throw a bank at him. Pass fever is key in the NFL and you never have enough options, especially positioning all-round. His ability to put pressure may act long-term as a situational passing pusher for Lions, but he’s also able to hold onto his starting role if Romeo Okwara isn’t ready to make a comeback at the start of the season. Lions need to add flair to this place and this is one of the best options remaining.

Wait patiently and stick to their offer. While adding to a position is a priority, Lions don’t necessarily deviate from their plans to rebuild one free agent – and so far they have followed this philosophy. They still have a high selection in the draft to add weapons, and with nine picks in the draft, they can dive twice if they feel they need to add more depth.

Go to other options. While the Lions can definitely compete with the Jaguars for free agents – hello, DJ Chark – The Ravens is a different story altogether. After Za’Darius Smith pulled out of his Baltimore deal, they return to the market to score a passing rusher and have a place to add a player like Key. The Ravens are unlikely to get into a bidding war, but they also have a lot to offer.

My answer: I am following the path of the patient

Key is gifted but not a complete player at the moment, and Lions would be wise to be cautious about wage funds. They have established a value for him, have likely offered him a deal they deem reasonable, and while there is always room for a little negotiation, they would do well if they stick to the plan.

Okay, it’s your turn. Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments.

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