Dennis Northcutt Joins the Detroit Lions Roster
Posted by detroitsportsandmore on June 27, 2009
In another offensive move, the Lions have traded back up safety Gerald Alexander to the Jacksonvile Jaguars in exchange for slot receiver Dennis Northcutt.
Northcutt has averaged around 500 yards per season over his 9 seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Jaguars.
Northcutt also brings modest return ability, he has averaged just over 10 yards per punt return with three touchdown returns in his career.
Northcutt has not been used as a kick returner much.
Expect to see Northcutt be a solid veteran player in the slot. He’s an upgrade over last year’s slot receivers.
The move brings in a likely starter in exchange for a back up and is further proof the Lions brass is trying to get better any way they can.
Giving away defensive depth for offense could be questionable but with the emergence of rookie safety Louis Delmas, the addition of corner/safety Anthony Henry, safety Daniel Bullocks still on the roster, and the addition of depth guys like Marquand Manuel, the Lions appear to be deep through the secondary. Something they haven’t been in quite a while.
Alexander was decent when he played, he made some plays but injuries were a concern. He should fill a nice hole for Jacksonville and give them a decent starting option.
I would be surprised if this doesn’t complete the offensive moves for Detroit. Unless a lop-sided trade comes their way. The offense is likely set at each position and at this point it will be difficult to make upgrades.
Expect to see a few more defensive moves this summer. Kevin Carter is one of the more likely candidates. A veteran, like La’Roi Glover before he retired, is a strong possibility at the defensive tackle spot.
We’ll keep you posted.