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Lions' Notable Trade Attempt Is Reportedly Unlikely

A closeup of a Detroit Lions helmet.

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: A Detroit Lions helmet at AT&T Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Entering the 2021 NFL season, no one expected the Detroit Lions to compete for a playoff spot.

Two games into the season, the Lions sit at 0-2 on the year and look to be in the rebuilding process. It wasn't surprising, then, to learn that Detroit is willing to part ways with veteran linebacker Jamie Collins. 

Earlier this week, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport revealed the Lions are exploring trade options for Collins. In fact, the Lions made Collins inactive for this weekend's game against the Baltimore Ravens with the hopes of keeping him healthy.

While the Lions are attempting to trade the veteran linebacker, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler doesn't think it will happen. He thinks teams will just wait for Collins to be released.

"My sense on Jamie Collins after asking around: Several teams are interested but likely waiting for him to be released, since they know Detroit eager to move on, even willing to pay salary to facilitate a trade," he said. "Team willing to be patient thus far."

The Lions made it clear they want to find playing time for some of their younger players.

That list includes Alex Anzalone, Derrick Barnes, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Anthony Pittman. The oldest player out of that group is Anzalone, and he's only 27 years old.

We'll have to wait and see if a team makes a trade for Collins to ensure they'll get him instead of waiting to claim him once he's released.