The Detroit Lions most glaring hole in their starting lineup is at safety, and now there is a new player in their crosshairs. As the Lions have awaited the hiring of a new agent by former Baltimore Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, they have had time to consider other options. Most recently they have set your sights on former pro-bowl safety Thomas DeCoud, who was recently cut by the Atlanta Falcons.
Whether you think DeCoud was cut to save salary cap space or because his play dropped off dramatically in 2013, he obviously has skills that as recently as 2012 made him amongst the most respected safeties in the NFL. Atlanta in general had a horrible 2013. It is a team game, so a great part of his drop-off in production can be attributed to that. Though, on the other side of the coin, DeCoud’s success in 2012 can also be seen as result of being on a top tier team that was usually playing with a significant lead.
DeCoud is 29 years old, 6’2” and 196lbs and has started 78 of the Falcons last 80 games showing his durability. Former Miami Dolphins safety is still on the radar as well, but the fact that the Lions haven’t moved on signing either of these players shows that their main interest is still in Ihedigbo to compliment Glover Quin in their defensive backfield. The possibility of drafting a rookie with the 10th overall pick still exists as well, though none are considered by the NFL draft gurus as worthy of that high a selection.