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The Detroit Lions have made a move to nab a game-breaking defensive lineman, and that move isn’t set to cost them too much at all in the grand scheme of things.

Early on Wednesday, reports indicated that the Lions had struck a trade for Michael Brockers of the Los Angeles Rams.

At the time, no indication of potential cost was given, however it was quickly proven true that Brockers could be an amazing steal in the end for the Lions.

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Lions are paying a 2023 seventh-round pick for Brockers.

The #Lions are trading a 2023 7th round pick to the #Rams in exchange for DT Michael Brockers, source said.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2021

The cost of doing business in this case is extremely low for Detroit. Brockers was approached about restructuring his deal, but when those talks didn’t pay off, a trade was the most obvious course of action. It’s possible with the Rams trying to get under the cap they had pressure to make a move and the beneficiaries are the defensive line needy Lions.

Dealing a seventh-round pick to Los Angeles in 2023 is almost like getting a productive player for free at a position where the Lions have struggled. To that end, it’s a nice move for Brad Holmes.

Lions Agreed to Brockers Trade With Rams

Monday, the Lions agreed to bring back their best pass rusher Romeo Okwara from a season ago, and early Wednesday morning, they struck a deal to bring longtime Los Angeles Rams’ defensive lineman Michael Brockers into the mix.

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The deal was first reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

The #Rams are finalizing a trade to send veteran DL Michael Brockers to the #Lions, per sources.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2021

While compensation was not mentioned, many were speculating on Twitter soon after the deal was revealed that it would not be much. The Rams are trying hard to get under the cap before the 2021 season, and Brockers could be an important part of that considering his salary is over $6 million for next season.

Brockers once nearly left the Rams for the Baltimore Ravens, but ended up returning to Los Angeles after concerns about his physical. Now, he’s set to depart for Detroit when the new league year comes around this week.

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Brockers’ Stats and Fit With Lions

The impact Brockers has made after he was a first-round pick of the Rams out of LSU back in 2012 cannot be debated. He has been an anchor in the middle of the team’s line and a player that is capable of packing a punch in the pocket. Brockers has put up 387 total tackles, 28 sacks, 9 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles in his career in Los Angeles. Moreover, he’s been to the Super Bowl and is a veteran leader the team has been able to count on when he has played in the league.

In Detroit, the Lions will want to see Brockers bring some of his patented pocket pressure as well as his leadership to the team. That’s an important variable to mention for a Lions team that is trying to change their entire culture overnight.

Getting a player like that for a 2023 seventh-round pick is a huge win.

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Tyreek Hill on punt returns? Dolphins Mike McDaniel doesnt rule it out; Michael Deiter returns at joint practice in Tampa

Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel touched on possible kick and punt return options on the roster, the team’s trade of tight end Adam Shaheen and a few other topics at his Wednesday morning media availability ahead of the Dolphins’ first of two joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Dolphins interestingly placed star wide receiver Tyreek Hill as the team’s top punt returner and veteran running back Raheem Mostert as No. 1 kick returner in Monday’s depth chart release. With Jaylen Waddle listed as the backup to each, that’s a lot of the team’s top offensive talent on returns.

McDaniel wasn’t shy on Wednesday about expressing that he may be willing to use some of Miami’s most valued investments on special teams.

“I’m willing to do anything at any given time at any moment,“ he initially quipped before later offering a more in-depth response.

”There’s an open competition everywhere. We have a lot of people that have the ability to return the ball in the punt and kickoff game, and during the season, we plan to utilize everyone that makes the most sense for the team.

“Remember: Special teams yards are yards, same as defensive yards given up, same as offensive yards gained. We’ll use our players to best move the ball down the field to score touchdowns or stop other people from moving it.”

McDaniel addressed the Dolphins’ trade of Shaheen for a late pick swap in the 2023, sending a seventh-round selection to the Houston Texans for a sixth-rounder.

“To our tight end room’s credit, we thought that we could afford in investing in the future draft capital,” McDaniel said. “We were happy for Adam. We were happy for the Dolphins that we were able to do that.”

Deiter returns

Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Michael Deiter returned to practice on Wednesday after a two-week absence since the team’s first training camp session with a foot injury.

Deiter, who was the team’s starting center last season when healthy, missed nine games in 2021 dealing with the foot ailment.

On Wednesday, Deiter was involved in 1-on-1 and even limited team drills against the Buccaneers front, at one point in the vicinity opening up a big run for Salvon Ahmed.

Physicality rules

Joint practices are known to potentially get a little more physical than when teams open training camp against their own teammates. McDaniel set the tone for how he wants his players to stay out of extracurricular activity after the whistle against the Buccaneers.

“We’re approaching it exactly like we approach our own practices, where it’s important to me for guys not to fight with their teammates,” said McDaniel. “Sometimes it happens, but you make sure that players understand that anything outside of the whistle is only hurting the team.

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