3 Potential Kyle Dugger Trade Partners Amid Contract Dispute

The New England Patriots' talented safety is dissatisfied with the transition tag and might want to be traded elsewhere.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Lions

One team with a desperate need in the defensive backfield and the cap space to give Dugger what he needs is the Detroit Lions.

The Lions ranked near the bottom of the NFL in most defensive passing categories last season. CJ Gardner-Johnson was supposed to solve their issues but he missed most of the season and is now with the Philadelphia Eagles again.

The safety position has been significantly undervalued over the last few years and it has almost gone to an extreme. Teams still need multiple high-level safeties to control the middle of the defense. Especially if you are a team close to making the Super Bowl like the Lions, you can't afford to have such a poor passing defense again.

Detroit doesn't have a fourth-round pick to trade in this year's draft but they have two third-round selections. If the Patriots can get one of them, they should probably make the deal without giving it a second thought.