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Lions Talking to Seattle About a Deal for LB Peterson

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The Lions and Seahawks, two teams that are thinking about the future, are talking trade. Sources say that the Lions are looking to send defensive tackle Cory Redding to Seattle in exchange for Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson. As is usually the case, the Lions are not talking about the possible deal. Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said, “We have nothing to confirm at this time.”

If the Lions do the move, they could move Chuck Darby into the position for Redding. Darby was a three-year starter in Seattle before coming to Detroit last season. They also signed 36-year-old Grady Jackson to help stop the run as well. When it comes to passing downs, the team can bring in Ikaika Alama-Francis and Andre Fluellen.

The Hawks were rumored to be close to cutting Peterson, so making a move where they would be able to get a player for him would work out for Seattle. He would be able to come to the Lions and right away fill the vacancy at the Lions strong side LB spot.

Peterson’s days with the Hawks was numbered when he declined to take a pay cut from what would be his salary – $6.5 million. If the Hawks did make the move, he would still count more than $4 million under the salary cap to account for the remainder of the signing-bonus money he received.

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One Response to “Lions Talking to Seattle About a Deal for LB Peterson”

  1. Al says:


    As a UK NFL fan and lover of all things Hawks, I woke up this morning to find out JP has been traded!

    From reading around about Redding, it would seem rather mixed, with most saying he had lost his spark after signing a mega deal a few seasons ago, and that was only due to having played next to Shaun Rogers.

    JP is quality and it would appear you guys have got the better deal.

    Your thoughts?



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