After visiting the Detroit Lions on Monday, the free agent defender of the Arden Key edge left without signing a contract. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Networkk, Key goes to Jacksonville to visit the Jaguars. But just because Key is doing his rounds before making a decision doesn’t mean he has rejected Lions. In fact, according to Garafolo, the Lions remain “still in the game” to land Key in a free agency, and the 25-year-old defense attorney is currently taking care of his pre-scheduled visits.
The Lions may use some depth on the edge position as they enter 2022. The Lions not only released veteran Trey Flowers earlier this season to save over $ 10 million in capitalization, but their next top player in this position, Romeo Okwara, to walk away from devastating Achilles injury sustained in week 4 of 2021. Detroit re-signed a deal with Charles Harris this off-season to help bring some depth to him, but Key would add another vital piece of rotation.
A former third-round pick, Key ends his best season of his career. After struggling in the first three years with the Las Vegas Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers found a niche for Key as a third-rate rusher who is able to slip inside with obvious lows. The end result was a solid 6.5-trigger season with 17 playmakers and an impressive rating of 75.4 PFF passes.
At this point, it is unclear how many visits Key is planning to make or when he will make a decision about his future.