Lions Trade DT Akeem Spence To Dolphins

The Lions have traded defensive tackle Akeem Spence to the Dolphins. The Lions will receive an undisclosed 2019 draft pick in return. 

Spence agreed to rework his contract with Detroit on Thursday morning in a move that made little sense at the time. Now, we know that the contract was adjusted in order to facilitate a trade to Miami.

Spence now joins a revamped Dolphins defensive line that no longer includes Ndamukong Suh. With Spence, Jordan Phillips, Davon Godchaux, Vincent Taylor and end/tackle William Hayes in the fold, the Dolphins have a solid group in the middle, albeit one with a lot less name recognition.

Last year, Spence had three sacks while playing on the interior and 39 tackles overall. Spence graded out as the 65th best defensive tackle in the league, per Pro Football Focus, which portrays him as a solid reserve on the interior defensive line.

The Lions may explore other free agent defensive tackles after dealing Spence. After the departure of Haloti NgataA’Shawn Robinson stands as the only significant holdover from last season.

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  1. I would be alright with Hankins if it goes down. He would fit in nicely. This should get all the “experts” going about defensive line depth in Detroit after this trade.

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