5 Free Agents Detroit Lions Can Still Sign To Boost Their Pass Rush

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After losing Arden Key, these five remaining agents can help the Detroit Lions pass the rush.

The Detroit Lions struggled to come after the quarterback in 2021, partly due to injuries (Romeo Okwara, Trey Flowers). Charles Harris, the possible rise of Julian Okwara and the possibility of Aidan Hutchinson, Kayvon Thibodeaux or Travon Walker with the second overall pick in the draft is helpful, but there is no such thing as too many guys to fire the quarterback.

The Lions had defensive lineman Arden Key on a free agent visit last week, but as he supplemented his travel schedule, it seemed less and less likely they would get him. Key signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday.

According to general manager Brad Holmes before news of the Jacksonville deal, via MLive’s Kyle Meinke, the Lions were on Key until the very end.

We’ll see where it goes,” Holmes said at this week’s NFL owners’ meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. “We haven’t quite closed the door on that yet. I will say, only with free agency in general we are not done yet. You always want to get everything done that first week, the big headlines, but there are still a few guys we can add that can help our football team.”

The last part suggests that the Lions have irons in the fire in free agency, perhaps with defensive lineman, edge rushers, etc. With that, here are five remaining free agents they could sign to help the pass rush. And no, Jadeveon Clowney is not a realistic option along with a few others that remain available.

5 Remaining Free Agents The Detroit Lions Could Sign To Help Their Pass Rush

5. DE/Edge Jerry Hughes

Team 2021: Buffalo Bills

Hughes will turn 34 in August and he has become a part-time player (52 percent of Snaps for the Buffalo Bills in 2021). But he seems to have something left in the tank, with 26 quarterback prints last season and 25 prints in 2020.

From an in-depth and leadership perspective, Hughes would be a good match for many teams in these secondary waves of free choice. The Lions can sell the culture they are building to a respected veteran.

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